When I began my teachers’ degree my intention was to become an Indonesian and English teacher. Thanks to some dodgy advice from the admin staff that enrolled me (just pick any subjects, you can always change them later), I ended up as a Indonesian and Humanities teacher, and I’m thankful I did because I honestly believe that Humanities is one of the most varied and interesting subjects in a school.

Humanities runs the gamut in terms of content. From history, to environmental studies, to geography skills, to economics, and politics. As a Humanities teacher we get to explore so much with our students, and truly have to model what it means to be a life-long learning.

Recently I’ve been refreshing my understanding of biomes, and food security. How can we continue feed the growing population, while protecting the environments around us, and the animals and people that call them home? Can we find ways to secure the food and water we need in sustainable, thoughtful ways? It’s these questions that makes Humanities so dynamic!

It can also make them confronting. I eat and enjoy meat, and my personal belief is meat is an important part of a varied diet, but in researching for the resources I’m making in this area I have to acknowledge that the consumption of meat poses significant threats to the wellbeing of our planet, animals both wild and domestic, and people. It’s a complex issue. If you’re exploring it with your students it can be difficult to set a tone that is both aware of the problems the world is facing, while having hope for the future.

As Humanities teachers I think we have an important role in creating people who have both awareness, and hope.

If you’re in need of some Humanities resources you can see what we have on offer here, but I’d also like to suggest you check out Our World In Data and the OECD website. Both offer a wealth of information and (get excited) graphs!

I’d also recommend sharing this wonderful video with your students. It’s bright, engaging, and can be used to start conversations around food security.

Are you a Humanities teacher? Love it, or hate it? Let’s chat in the comments.

Wendy Allott

I'm an educator, mum and wife living in beautiful Victoria, Australia. I make learning resources for passionate, but time-poor, teachers in need of a better work-life balance. I'm a voracious reader, love a good curry, and believe life is always better with chocolate.

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