We All Have the Ability to Teach
We’ll admit it: as animal advocates, we sometimes prefer the company of creatures to people. Despite these inclinations, it is important to spend time with other animal advocates. The exchange of ideas and experiences is valuable to our efforts to help animals. Recently, NHES hosted a humane education workshop, “Hope for a Kinder Future: How to Teach Youth About Animal Welfare,” at our animal adoption center in Charles Town, WV. During the half-day workshop, we focused on creating and presenting lesson plans for K-5th graders.
Our participants represented several surrounding counties and various organizations from those areas. Some participants were individuals working for animals on their own. One was a dog trainer. Another was a writer. Everyone wanted to experience the magic that happens when you talk to children about animals.
We all shared our experiences and outlined what has worked for us and what hasn’t. NHES humane educators reviewed important information about child development. After learning about how children think and experience their world, participants worked together to formulate two new lesson plans for targeted age groups. While NHES hosted the workshop, we were not just teachers. Each participant brought his or her own ideas ...