Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Animals as Teachers

“The NVIV (Next Vista Inspiring Video) series of posts are written by Rushton Hurley and designed to provide students and teachers with fascinating discussion prompts.”

In Animals as Teachers, Rushton features architect Mick Pearce, who looked at termite mounds to figure out how to design a natural cooling system for a commercial building.

Rushton gives the following prompts to accompany this video:

“Is there some sort of non-human life form that taught you something?

Thinking about animals, insects, etc. that you have studied, how might their advantages help us deal with challenges in our society?

You might also wonder why more buildings haven’t been built using the lessons we learn from termite mounds, which after all, have been around for as long as there have been termites. Why are we only recently learning the lessons that they can teach us?”

I like using nature to solve some of our real-life problems. This would be a great challenge for students to see how they can link the two. I would put students in groups to find another example and then share it with the class.

Please check out the video and think of other prompts you might come up with. Please share. 

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