The Tea Project: Part 1, Fall 2020
Mindfulness in the Daily Cup of Tea
Online teaching style: Angie's Herbal Videos
Location Online (with optional residency July 2021)
Start Date Oct 1, 2020 (There will be optional video lessons in Sept 2020)
End Date Dec 11, 2020
Grade Level This course is established for PreK-8th grade teachers to develop a sustainable school herb garden and mindfulness practice within their classroom and school. Individual groups and consultation times will address grade-level appropriate materials.
Teachers from each grade level have successfully participated in the pilot program for the Tea Project. Please request a contact teacher from your grade level if you have further questions about how the Tea Project was implemented in their class.
Optional 3 graduate credits $375
While utilizing mindfulness practices, how do we invite our students to form a culture of herbal knowledge from seed to belly?
Through a series of weekly lessons, videos, readings, explorations, group conversations and one-on-one consultations, students will familiarize with how to:
Incorporate herbal tea + mindfulness practices as a daily practice in the classroom
Utilize sensory integration as a primary part of their learning process.
Develop a personal daily mindfulness routine
Identify local wild and cultivated medicinal tea plants
Harvest, dry and formulate tea plants for the whole class community
Utilize a botanical and herbal action vocabulary to describe and identify specific plants which impart specific actions to the physiology
Gain an understanding of human physiology and anatomy of the body systems through the lens of the herbal actions in the body
Goals, Scope & Sequence
The student is engaged in developing a mini-unit to adapt one set of standards, explored during this course, to the appropriate grade level rigor. One-on-one mentoring is provided by the course instructors as an effort to support students in adapting the lessons with acumen.
The Tea Project addresses the following NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1A Structure and Function
LS1B Growth and Development of Organisms
LS2A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS3A Inheritance and Variation of Traits
LS4B Natural Selection
ESS2D Weather and Climate
ESS3A Natural Resources
Social Emotional Learning
The Tea Project curriculum is based in nature, awareness of the body, and NGSS standards. The Tea Project provides a framework for a daily routine of
Climate Building Activities and Initiatives
Social Emotional Learning
Character Building Education
Teachers engaged in The Tea Project with their class community provide SEL opportunities through the following practices, as defined by CASEL to address SEL Core Competencies.
Mindful embodiment: Breath, Mindfulness, Body Awareness
Sensory-Integrated Awareness: Tea Preparation and Drinking, Sensory Activities
Conversational Practice: Listening, Sharing, Taking Turns, and Reflection
Immersion in Nature: Literacy of the Landscape through Wild & Cultivated Plant Identification and Harvest
Curricular Topics Explored
Embodied, Kinesthetic Learning: The Five Tastes of Herbs
SEL Core Competency: Mindfulness Skills
Ethical Science Process: Wild-harvesting
Structure & Process of a Botanist: Botanical Identification of Plants
From forest to tea: Harvesting and Drying Processes
From seed to soil: The plant cycle
Science Potions: Making Herbal Preparations
~Workshops Online, weekly, accessible at your convenience. In these workshops we dive deeply into methods for wild crafting, harvesting and making medicine from herbal perennials. The experiences are experiential and instructional with spaciousness for our questions and curiosities to be explored via an online format.
~PLC Facebook Group (Professional Learning Community): This forum gathers the students to reflect on and share methodology, questions and develop processes for the problems presented in the class. communication and feedback via facebook group. The final PLC will offer time to share photos, stories or documentation from your semester with colleagues. Participation required. This format enhances the depth of the group and individual experience.
~Individual Mentoring You will have 3 individual mentoring sessions with Angie during the semester to brainstorm and troubleshoot and develop your projects, goals, obstacles and vision.
~Homework (required for both credit & non-credit options):
~1 mini-unit The mini-units are homework for the 3-credit option and strongly encouraged for all students. With your knowledge and vision for your class community, create one mini-unit around the Tea Project. Choose 1 NGSS or Common Core Standard to meet as a theme for each mini-unit. Themes can be inspired from, but need not be limited to, the topics we explore in our workshops and consultations together. These mini-units should be prepared in such a way as to share electronically with the teacher.
~Reflections Readings will be provided throughout the course to reflect upon in writing.
~Anecdotal collection re: the Tea Project from students.
~Research Article Project Choose an article applicable to your grade level experience in mindfulness with the TEA Project.
~Materia Medica Project Choose one or two tea herbs in addition to those which we focus on during the course. Find three research articles and compose a Materia Medica of information on the actions and traditional uses of the plant.
July 2021 Residency
Pandemic permitting, a week-long outdoor intensive herbal gardening, wildcrafting and herbal tea and food making immersion will ensue in the rural valley and mountains of central Vermont, near Montpelier. This residency is optional, but strongly encouraged, and included in the price of the course.