One of the simplest ways to start an outdoor classroom is to transplant lessons usually conducted indoors, to the outdoors for more playful learning. This workshop will explore research on the state of childhood and stories of outdoor classrooms from Australia and around the world. Educators will go outside the four walls to participate in outdoor lessons focussed on exploring numeracy using natural objects and a sense of play. This workshop with provide the inspiration and ideas you need to start teaching outside straight away.
At the end of this half day workshop participants will have had an opportunity to:
- Share personal anecdotes and find inspiration from shared stories of nature classrooms that address curriculum outcomes.
- Collaborate to identify a range of possible curriculum areas that can be investigated outdoors and create goals directed at transferring inside lessons to outdoor lessons.
- Identify and create a ‘shopping list’ of resources needed to meet their outdoor classroom goals.
- Experience hands-on, curriculum based learning activities with accompanying lesson plans.
- Develop confidence in seeing opportunities within current teaching opportunities for outdoor learning within their own classroom.
- Connect with like-minded educators engaging with a process of developing outdoor learning opportunities in their school.