Breaking Down the Walls: Engaging Learners through Outdoor Exploration + Community Connection
As educators we know that making time for children to learn from the outside world and connect to their community is what will help them engage in their own learning and give them the space to experiment, to play to communicate. Connecting with nature or being out in fresh air everyday for at least an hour is essential for mental and emotional not to speak of physical wellbeing.
The big question for many of us, especially public school teachers is the how we can do this.
How can we connect the curriculum expectations that are imposed on us and still have the time to get our students the time that they need outside?
The key is realizing that the community, our parks, our nature trails, our urban wilds are all extensions of our class rooms. This can happen everyday and a field trip does not have to be further than your own back yard.
Every subject can be taught, integrated with or extended upon out in either nature or in conjunction with our community entities, parks, museums, local businesses and artisans.
This two day workshop will give you an solid understanding of community based education.
You will also receive concrete tools so that you can start integrating your curriculum past the four walls of your
And you will come away understanding the process to use when designing and constructing outdoor classrooms-and no this doesn't have to involve building.