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“BBSS students hear the words of Dr. Jane Goodall during a virtual event last week”
Oct. 28, 2021. Students from Beaver Brae Secondary School recently had the opportunity to sit in on a virtual event with a world-renowned scientist.
On October 21, 2021, some grade 9 and grade 12 students of Mrs. Nancy Wagenaar’s science classes were a part of an event known as Take Me Outside Week. Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist was a key-note speaker of the event.
“The event was part of weeklong activities called Take Me outside Week, and Dr. Jane Goodall was a keynote speaker on one of the days. So as a classroom teacher, I was invited to participate. I was also invited to submit questions before the meeting and she addressed those questions during the event. There were many schools and classrooms from across Canada that were on at the same time,” explained Wagenaar.
“Nokomis School Students Participate in ‘Take Me Outside'”
Oct. 20, 2021. Take Me Outside is a movement and organization gaining traction throughout Canada, and the grade 3 and 4 class in Nokomis School is set to become part of the excitement. Take Me Outside Day is October 20, and thanks to teacher Erin Richard, the class will be engaged in learning and discovery with a natural focus. The event coincides with Saskatchewan’s Education Week.
“Take Me Outside” has been happening for 11 years across Canada,” explains Richard. “This is the first year that Nokomis School has participated in this activity. The idea (in the program) is to take your class outside for one hour, and we decided we were going to ramp that up a little bit and spend the whole day outside.”
During the experience, Richard and the students will cover the regular curriculum while integrating outdoor experiences. Science, writing, reading, math, art, and physical education will all be part of the routine for students immersed in a prairie fall’s splendour.
“Outdoor classrooms created at Phelps Central Public School thanks to teacher and local businesses”
Oct. 20, 2021. The recent completion of the project is just in time for Take Me Outside day, today.
Take Me Outside is a non-profit organization “committed to raising awareness and facilitating action on nature connection and outdoor learning in schools across Canada,” according to its website.
“We believe in a future in which spending time outside playing, exploring, and learning is a regular and significant part of every student’s day. We work collaboratively with other organizations, school boards, and individuals to encourage children and youth to spend more time outside through various projects and initiatives.”
“We’re doing all subjects outside,” explains Steer. “From language, math, geography, science, and certainly music, Outdoor experiential learning is very powerful for most students because it taps into most learning styles. So, when we’re outside, we have more space to use movement, to use tangible objects and manipulatives in a way that’s freeing for the students outside of the four walls of the classroom.