The Tea Project: Part 2, Spring 2021
Designing, Planting and Caring For a Perennial Tea Garden
Online teaching style: Angie's Herbal Videos
Location Online (with optional residency July 2021)
Start Date Feb 8, 2021
End Date June 4, 2021
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.
Materials (optional) $225
Optional 3 graduate credits $375
How and Why do we form a culture of herbal knowledge from seed to belly with our school community?
The Spring Semester will focus on the beginning of the growing cycle: starting with seed to sprout, to transplant in the school garden.
Through weekly online video modules, curriculum practice for the classroom, and virtual cohort discussion groups. students will learn:
What kind of school garden gives more and more each year? A perennial medicinal herb garden.
In this course, we will learn experientially to build and design a perennial herb garden for the school. This garden will grow to supply your classroom with a monthly supply of herbal teas throughout the school year so you can have a locally harvested tea corner to supply your daily cup of tea and mindfulness practices.
The perennial garden is suited to the school year, with harvest season offering itself as students return to school the next year. Plant medicinal herbs from seed indoors and nurture them to the garden right as the school year is culminating. Learn the medicinal actions of the specific plants in your garden, as students continue the practice of drinking herbal tea in the classroom and reflecting on its pathway and course in their bodies. May our experiences inform our lives.
Throughout the workshops and group conversations the following topics from within this realm will be introduced and explored:
1. Design a tea garden
2. Plant and care for perennial herbs
Spring: Planting a garden, Designing a garden, Seeds, Growth, Weeds or Medicine?, Drawing Plants (Botany), Spring Ephemeral Flowers (woodland), Botanical Drawing of Leaves, Seed, Ephemeral Flowers
Students will become familiar with sources to access current research on herbal use and experimentation.
Students will brainstorm, develop, and create standardized lesson plans(NGSS and Common Core) to accompany the primary goal topics of their choice.
Workshops In these workshops we dive deeply into methods for wildcrafting, 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 Project Share on 6/5/2021 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.
Small-Group Participation Students will participate in small groups of 3-4 with whom they develop deeper questions, sharings and evolve their projects together within this collaborative group. Feedback and support expected. Angie will interact weekly with each small group.
Individual Mentoring Sessions These sessions are your main individual support for the semester during which you and Angie speak of the visions, obstacles, and action steps to further your Tea Project and rise above hurdles and challenges. She will offer individual support for you at this time.
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. You can emphasize the lessons we did together in class, adding your own individualized touch.
Documentation Create a Log, Photobook, Floorbook, Photo essay or some kind of documentation of the seed to transplant process for your class.
Reflections Readings will be provided throughout the course to reflect upon in writing.
2-3 page Reflection Starting Seeds Indoors by Ann Reilly
500 word School Garden Research Reflection
Additional Readings will be provided
Build a Garden Most of the supplies will provide you with materials needed to start a garden from seed to planting outdoors. This project begins in February indoors and is planted in May or June outdoors. Students are involved in every step of the way.
Mindfulness Research Project Choose a research article applicable to your grade level experience in mindfulness with the TEA Project. Read and reflect on your goal/vision for the students and write a reflection on this, including communication with parents on why you are prioritizing mindfulness this year.
July 2021 Residency
Pandemic permitting, a week-long outdoor intensive gardening and wild crafting 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.