“Places usually have names and boundaries and include continents, islands, countries, regions, state, cities, neighborhoods, villages, and uninhabited areas” (Downs & Heffron, 2012, p. 35). I think a “sense of place” means a place to call “home.” I think a “sense of place” is important for students because they need to have a place where they feel safe and place to call their own. Unfortunately many students did not always have a “sense of home” because they move frequently or they feel like they do not have their own space. Students do not always have opportunities to be part of their community for various reasons which is why it is essential for schools to create a sense of community.
“It takes a place to create a community, and a community to create a place” (Project for Public Spaces). I think creating a community environment at a school is important because it creates a place where students want to go and that they feel safe. As a teacher, it is necessary to build a sense of community and safety in your classroom. Teachers can also incorporate information about their local community into lessons to help students understand the community around them.
The community that I live in has many different activities throughout the year to create a “sense of place.” During two different months throughout the year, there are weekly music in the park nights. The community embraces this free activity and it is always very crowded. A variety of local business provided catering for these events. There is also things like the chocolate walk, holiday in the park, the Swamp Fox festival and various other events throughout the year. Prior to living in this community, I had not lived in a community that had embraced their residents and planned so many free activities. Barry Wendell stated “To have a place, to live and belong in a place, to live from a place without destroying it, we must imagine it.”
Downs, R.M., & Heffron, S.G. (2012). Geography for life: National geography standards (2nd ed.). Washington, D.C.: National Council for Geographic Education.
Project for Public Spaces. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.pps.org/reference/what_is_placemaking/
Wendell, B. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.neh.gov/about/awards/jefferson-lecture/wendell-e-berry-lecture