Vol. 26 No. 3 (2010): Ecosophical Education

The world as co-teacher: Learning to work with a peerless colleague

Sean Blenkinsop
Simon Fraser University
Chris Beeman
Queen's University

Published 2010-09-10

How to Cite

Blenkinsop, S., & Beeman, C. (2010). The world as co-teacher: Learning to work with a peerless colleague. The Trumpeter, 26(3), 27–39. Retrieved from https://trumpeter.athabascau.ca/index.php/trumpet/article/view/1197


This papers focuses on the stories of two aboriginal people who in their own particular ways have taught us a tremendous amount. Through sharing their stories we will work towards supporting our claim suggest that the world as co-teacher can be understood as being more than just a metaphor. The paper extends this discussion into the work of philosophers Martin Buber and Benedictus Spinoza adding another layer to the compost pile are building. We end this discussion by suggesting a series of implications that result with regard to teaching, learning, and possibly beyond that are a result of this seeming minor shift from the other-than-human-world as backdrop for education to active co-teacher for our students and even ourselves.