11 results for group: block-a

Finding Peace Outdoors

This course will explore the philosophies and educational integration techniques behind nature journaling while giving hands on practical ways to implement this strategy in the classroom. We will spend some time working the research behind this and will move into taking our own time to sit in nature and practice different methods of artistic expression.

Rooted in the Land: Relational Renewal and Reconciliation

In this outdoor workshop, participants will be invited to grow their understanding of how each of us and all living beings exist and act within webs of relationships and that relational understandings needed for reconciliation among humans and between humans and the more-than-human. Through outdoor activities and invitations for creative writing and drawing, we will explore how we might re-new, re-story and deepen our understandings of self, of relationship and of relational responsibility.

In Our Nature: Creative place-responsive practices for wellbeing

We are intricately connected; tending to personal wellbeing thus tends to all our relations. This workshop is an invitation for educators of all backgrounds to improve their wellbeing by responding to the human and more-than-human worlds informing their identity and practice. From gratitude to poetry, group discussion and getting creative, participants will collaborate on an art installation to represent our interconnected and interdependent identities on a hanging art mobile. By remembering our mutual belonging that has always been ‘in our nature’, we improve wellbeing for all.

Taking learning out into the schoolyard: Cultivating connections in challenging times

As outdoor learning enthusiasts, we’re familiar with the benefits of spending time outdoors. Is simply being outside enough, though, to offer students a meaningful connection to nature? One that can support them in challenging times? In this workshop, we will engage in a series of activities that foreground mindfulness, gratitude, honouring difficulties, and finding hope through a sense connection with all of life. These activities can be replicated in any schoolyard, helping us respond to the natural world’s invitation to be present, to find resilience, and ultimately, to know that we belong.

Looking the gorilla in the eye: effective climate education

In recent years the 800 pound gorilla that is the climate crisis has walked into your classroom; this workshop will help you look the gorilla in the eye. In this workshop Gareth will share some recent work that proposes to teachers several important dimensions of effective climate education. You ‘will learn by doing’ as together we explore the linkages between some classic outdoor education activities, energy education, and climate change. As Dr. David Orr famously said: “Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up,” and you’ll take away new approaches to help your own students roll up their sleeves, take climate action - and feel hope for the ...

Responding to Place Through Storywork and Experiential Learning

Students are natural storytellers; they have an innate ability to explore the world through their senses and commit ideas, knowledge, and understanding to memory through story. In this workshop, teachers will develop their capacity for place-responsive learning, and the use of narrative as a classroom tool for teaching, learning, and assessment. We will also weave the use of geographical and historical thinking skills with an appreciation for Indigenous ways of knowing, diverse access points for curricular content, and activation of pedagogies. We anticipate being outdoors for this session.

Coming to the land to learn about medicinal plants and animals: Pedagogical resources with Indigenous perspective from the Tableau

Teachers need to introduce Indigenous perspectives and knowledge into their teaching practices. For that purpose, reliable resources are needed. This workshop will introduce teaching practices from the Tableau STE (tableaust.ca) that incorporate Indigenous and environmental knowledge (Medicinal Plants, 3° grade; Moose, 4° grade). Both practices combine an indigenous narrative with an outdoor field trip. Workshop participants will learn to use the lesson plans and underlying principles (story-based/ place-based learning, indigenous pedagogy) that belong to this innovative teaching material.

Transforming Students’ Perspectives of the Natural World through Land-Based Inquiry

The land connects us. Come learn transformative approaches to land-based inquiry from laboratory school educators working in an urban setting. Each educator comes to the goals of 'Truth and Reconciliation' with their own levels of engagement with Indigenous Knowledges. At the core of this interactive workshop is the goal of education reform for participants interested in bringing Indigenous perspectives into Elementary and Early Years settings. Engaging in approaches to land-based inquiry, educators can expect to build their climate action toolkit in a collaborative outdoor experience.

Decolonizing Place-Based Education

Understanding the impact of colonization on Place-Based Learning Collaboration in examining interdisciplinary in learning Imagination for change Teaching knowledge is a relational process Student empowerment

North East School Division Love Land Cultural Land Base Teachings

The North East School Division was provided, in partnership, with land intended to be used for cultural land base education. The school division formed a planning committee and initiated plans in a Respectful way to honor the land located outside the town of Love Saskatchewan. We had to clear the land and create a roadway to enter the area. We began with a feast, chose a prayer tree area, created a sweatlodge to honor the land and partnership in a cultural way. Our activities are all curriculum tied and honor traditional teachings - it is our way of validating the teachings of our relations.