Seaweek – Sept 3-11

You might not think someone from Brewongle EEC would be writing a blog post about the ocean, but like Gill (in Finding Nemo) says, “All drains lead to the ocean”. And of course, all rivers lead to the ocean…That includes our beloved Hawkesbury! Well, that and on the days I’m not teaching at Brewongle, I’m the Seaweek Coordinator for the Australian Association of Environmental Education.

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Seaweek is an annual event where we all “Celebrate the Sea”. Historically, Seaweek follows a different theme every year. You’ll find an abundance of resources linked to past Seaweeks on the archived Marine Education Society of Australasia‘s website. This year, we’ve decided to do something different. In recognition of the brilliant work being done in Marine Education on a global level, we’ve themed the next 7 years of Seaweek to follow the 7 Principles of Ocean Literacy.

Put simply, Ocean Literacy means understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. The 7 Principles of Ocean Literacy are ideas scientists and educators agree everyone should understand about the ocean:

  • Principle 1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features.
  • Principle 2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.
  • Principle 3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
  • Principle 4: The ocean makes the Earth habitable.
  • Principle 5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
  • Principle 6: The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
  • Principle 7: The ocean is largely unexplored.

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To kick off, the Seaweek theme this year is “The Earth has one big ocean with many features”. It’s a great opportunity for you to teach your students about the ocean. Check out the Scope and Sequence and teaching topics found on the Principle One page of the Ocean Literacy website. The concepts are laid out in a very teacher-friendly framework so you can easily see the topics for each Stage within the chosen Principle.

You might also find it useful to follow the AAEE ME (Marine Educators) Facebook group or check in on the AAEE ME website.

Enjoy Seaweek!

Kate 🙂

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