Abby Martin

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Abby Martin
Posted about 2 years ago
Why is Outdoor Education not talked about as part of the curriculum in a viable alternative education?
I have a general knowledge of how outdoor ed. works and the inherent risks and benefits. While I haven't been actively employed as an outdoor educator, I have worked alongside them in outdoor fields and been a student in a National Outdoor Leadership School semester. I know there are programs out there and that they help many people, but if this is the case, why isn't Outdoor Education a bigger part of the education revolution?
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Abby Martin
Posted about 2 years ago
How to find your true passion and what you want to spend the rest of your life doing?
Maybe waiting to fall in love and waiting for passion to find you is not proactive enough. Many people who actively try to fall in love make an effort to meet new people, often join dating websites or ask friends, family and professionals for advice. I think that the dating website equivalent to finding a viable passion is putting yourself in positions for self discovery. My argument is that the more you find out about yourself the more you can be sure of what ignites your passion. So, how do you put yourself in a position for self discovery? It's different for everyone. Probably you should ask friends, family and professionals for advice.
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Abby Martin
Posted about 2 years ago
How to find your true passion and what you want to spend the rest of your life doing?
I feel the key to answering this question about yourself lies in participating in activities that have great potential for self discovery. No one, besides yourself, can decide what needs to happen next in your own life and until you know yourself completely (who can really say that?), you won't know with 100% certainty either. However, a good teacher can facilitate self discovery. As an outdoor educator, I do this with group experiences, often in adverse and uncertain circumstances and with an effective debrief. Does this model work for everyone? No. It's a model that I've discovered works for me and I find the other people who relate to this model relate-able to me and decided to make a go of it.
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Abby Martin
Posted about 2 years ago
How to support creativity in problem solving?
I agree that making the problem more interesting is a viable way to foster creativity in problem solving. I also think that group problem solving is also a way to foster creativity. As an Outdoor Educator, I spent a class in a semester of college playing team building and initiative games. When my class was most successful our problem solving activities were initiated by a natural leader in the group, who may or may not have had the idea to solve the problem. The leader provided a forum where ideas from group members were considered with equal weight by the entire group. Only about 50% of our group took turns leading and everyone had a different leadership style. Because of this technique, one marginally effective idea could be turned into a 'winner' by another member of the group. We could use each others' creativity to feed our own and effectively solve the problem. Also during the semester, we took turns facilitating other groups that were not as functional. There was a breakdown in communications. Some shy members of the group would implement effective strategies without being noticed by the rest of the group. This meant that they weren't being acknowledged, but also that the rest of the group wasn't implementing good ideas. From this experience, I learned that leadership fosters group creativity and that leadership could be taught and fostered in people and in groups, but it was most effective when it was practiced regularly.