The Japanese practice of "Forest Bathing," simply hiking and sitting in a forest with the intention of bathing yourself in the colors, smells, and sounds of the forest has measurable long-lasting health impacts from lower blood pressure to an increase in anti-cancer proteins! For more information and a short video on Forest Bathing, visit www.Shinrin-yoku.org
One of the greatest influences in forming the Scientific Method comes from Socrates and his method of Socratic Questioning in which a series of questions are posed to help a person or group to determine their underlying beliefs and the extent of their knowledge.
I have recently trained to lead Socratic Seminars and I've practiced in various grade-level classes at BCSIS (Boulder School for Integrated Studies). Although SAP is generally "out and about," active and hands-on, I am ready to bring the process of Socratic Seminar to the students!
Inspired recently by seeing Jane Goodall speak, I will start with the topic of "How can we, as groups and individual people, best help the environment?" I'm also in communication with CU Professor and animal behaviorist Marc Bekoff about speaking to my group and following with a Socratic Seminar on the topic of "How do we feel about eating meat?"
I will post with updates as we learn how to "disagree agreeably," learn the art of jumping into conversation without raising hands, and treating all members of the group with equal respect by using each other's names and referring directly to a text or experience to further our arguments.
As Always, "Ask Questions, Make Mistakes, and Get Dirty!"