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Outdoors can often be the poor cousin when it comes to planning, setting up learning spaces, what is noticed by educators or in documenting children’s learning. It is interesting that outdoors for many children is where they prefer to be. So, what can be learnt from this, and how do we respond with the energy that the outdoor curriculum so rightly deserves?
This workshop will delve into the many possibilities of the pedagogy of the outdoors, together with practical examples and tips on how to reinvigorate outdoor learning spaces. The answer is not about purchasing new equipment, but about thinking around the space and materials that you have.
There will be a focus on:
- Gaining a stronger understanding of the benefits of outdoor learning
- The special characteristics of well-designed outdoor spaces - how to create an environment full of irresistible spaces, materials and experiences that have opportunities for children to be creative and inventive
- Supporting children to make meaning of their experiences through a reflective process and how to make this visible in various forms
- How to support children to believe in themselves through the design of the outdoor space
- How to include children in the design and set up of outdoor spaces
- Unpacking risky play and its significance for long term cognitive success
- Finding authentic connections with nature - no matter where you are
- The role of the educator in the outdoors
- Embedding sustainable practices
- Finding solutions to challenges as a community of learners
Upon completion of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Identify the power of teaching and learning outdoors
- Maximise the power of the outdoors
- Articulate how a nature based pedagogy can serve education well
- Explain the role that adults play in the outdoor environment
- Collaborate with colleagues to identify and strategise solutions to the challenges presented in the outdoor space
THE AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS
Re-imaging Outdoor Spaces and Curriculum (6 hours) may be used as Teacher Identified Professional Development/Learning addressing: APTS 6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation.
AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARD DESCRIPTORS
- APTS 6.2.2: Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities
- APTS 6.3.2: Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice
THE NATIONAL QUALITY STANDARD
This course aligns with:
- QA 1: Educational program and practice
- QA 3: Physical environment