Maria has been involved in the Nature Pedagogy movement since completing an AISWA-funded Forest Schools intensive workshop in 2011.
Maria travelled to the UK in 2012 as part of the AISWA Study Tour with Clare Warden, seeing first-hand how Nature Pedagogy is implemented in Early and Primary School settings in England and Scotland. She has been a passionate advocate for educating city children in nature ever since.
For the last six years, alongside her classroom teaching responsibilities, Maria has coordinated and run Moerlina School’s Outdoor Learning program, particularly, the recognized Moerlina Bush School and Beach School programs. Maria has contributed to numerous newspaper articles and featured in the 2015 AISWA publication, Nature Pedagogy.
In this presentation, Maria will share her school’s journey in the Nature Pedagogy space, particularly, the implementation of its Bush and Beach School programs. In this very practical session, Maria will outline key considerations for teachers thinking about taking their children into natural spaces. What could outdoor learning look like? How can sessions be managed safely yet allow for responsible risk-taking? What rituals and routines can teachers implement to give their outdoor sessions meaning and structure? What resources are essential?