EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITIES OF OUTDOOR LEARNING
A three part series
With Megan Zeni
Session One: Holding Space for an Emergent Curriculum with Playful Inquiry Outdoors
This session will challenge your assumptions of where learning happens in our schools! Leave with inspirational ideas for transforming your short and long range planning to meet the needs of diverse learners outside your classroom walls.
Session Two: Building Communication and Literacy Skills Outdoors
School gardens and outdoor classrooms are magical spaces for inclusive and creative story telling! Leave with hands-on ideas for strategies that develop vocabulary, non-fiction writing skills, and a broad range of literacy skills that motivate and engage diverse learners.
Session Three: Thinking About Math and Science Outdoors
Math and Science are everywhere! Participants will be introduced to hands-on, interactive, and joyful ways of naturally engaging children in scientific and mathematical thinking outdoors. Leave with specific strategies for engaging students in cross-curricular inquiries that can be found in your school-yard, garden, and community.
Bio for Megan:
Megan Zeni is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her research interests include elementary school teachers' experiences, attitudes, and opinions of unstructured outdoor play and learning. Megan has been a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, and currently teaches entirely outdoors in a garden classroom.
VSB Outdoor Learning Series:
March 1, April 21 & May 5, 2021
Series hosted on Teams (Link will be sent on February 26th)
Fee includes two resource books - titles will be shared at the first session.