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Join Devon Karchut for a practical workshop, infused with plenty of fascinating research to support the use of nature play. From the development of strong musculoskeletal systems, executive functioning, sensory-motor skills, and overall wellness, playful experiences in nature are an invaluable part of a healthy childhood. You will learn the basics of sensory-motor development, as well as practical ways to engage kids in meaningful play in nature. This workshop is geared for the K-6 crowd, as well as those who support neuro-diverse populations within schools and communities.
Karen Lai works as an independent consultant in accessibility and inclusion. She works with businesses and organizations to increase the accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Kinetics where she examined the social theories behind social inclusion of people with disabilities. She has more than 20 years of working alongside with individuals with disabilities in the field of recreation, employment, government, and other community involvements.
The research is clear - children and adults benefit from experimenting, exploring, co-investigating and learning outdoors. But, to make this shift from an indoor space, leaders have a significant role in changing practice. Educators benefit from being surrounded by leaders who embrace and become partners in collectively imagining the possibilities of children experimenting, exploring, co-investigating and learning outdoors in all kinds of spaces and places. This presentation will highlight why a shift in practice requires leaders to develop an outdoor pedagogy lens in their practice.
This session is for anyone interested in learning about taking effective breaks as a sustainable wellness practice. Our two separate projects show surprisingly similar results: high school students, teachers, and pre-service teachers perceive breaks as vital to their wellbeing. First we will share the science behind breaks, learn from participants' voices, take a walking break, and reflect on how to implement breaks in our classrooms and lives.
I believe that a successful and positive outdoor program starts exactly how we begin any indoor classroom practice - with routines, expectations, and supports. To nurture our own self-awareness and self-management skills, we will explore a variety of activities such as bird language skits, basic tracking skills, and scavenger hunts. After all, when we understand natures rhythms, it is easier to feel safe and comfortable when learning and playing in an outdoor classroom.
"Come have fun! Physically active learning (PAL) is an innovative, Norwegian teaching method in which classroom teachers incorporate physical activity into the review of curriculum outcomes. Come and experience what public education is beginning to feel like across Nova Scotia/Mi'kma'ki! Through inclusive and collaborative physically active learning lessons, we will explore the benefits of taking classroom learning outdoors and look towards the active and outdoor future of learning across Canada.
The workshop will take place outdoors and is open to people of all abilities.
Learn a variety of hands-on environmental games and activities that you can do outdoors with your class or group. Environmental Educators Michelle and Istafa will teach you several activities that you can use anywhere to engage students of all ages in outdoor learning in a fun and interactive way. The activities you will participate in can be applied to science, math, art, and physical education curriculum topics at a variety of grade levels. They also help foster practical skills such as teamwork, problem solving, and communication, and promote curiosity and comfort outdoors in your students.
Promoting connection and wonder in the outdoor environment begins with rekindling that sense of wonder in ourselves. Come with the intention to treasure the moment of experiencing a sit spot, listen and connect to the personal journey of faculty who have moved their teaching outdoors, and reflect on the stories of students learning in the forest.
"Taking kids outside can open the doors to a magical world of unexplained adventure, experiences and stories. When these moments happen as outdoor educators, we often refer to them as 'Camp Magic'. Situations that leave students and teachers with a memory of a life-time and a story that will be told for many years to come.
But how do we create these 'magical' moments for our students? Can we actually plan 'Camp Magic' or does it happen organically, naturally and only when unplanned?
Join me in this session as we explore the thought process behind these moments and how to potentially design, facilitate and implement your own 'Camp Magic'."
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.