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Music Is Not My Strongest Subject But… Of all the curricular content I teach as an elementary school educator, music is likely my weakest subject
From time to time, I am sent teaching resources to review. I was offered a Magidome kit during the 2021 school year and was excited to see what learning this kit might offer our students. But, with all the complications of this school year, we simply did not have time
In my work with teachers I am often asked what risky play is. Risky play is simply a way of organizing observed categories of thrilling play that children engage in when they test their physical limits during unstructured play outdoors. The term “risky play” is gaining momentum in mainstream teaching and
As a start, water cycles are best experienced, rather than read about. There is no worksheet that can fully capture the water cycle phenomenon, like being out in the rain in your community can. Encourage your class to dress like a scientist, and gear up for outdoor learning when you
Opportunities for playing in the rain are sorely missing in many childhoods. It often seems like decisions to stay inside at recess are randomly decided after glancing out a window to check for drops of rain in puddles. One of the few benefits of Covid was been an increased awareness
Once Covid became a realty in our schools, the urgency to take students outdoors increased. Across Canada, a return to face to face learning saw public health officials, district administrators, and families calling on educators to find creative ways to get more kids outdoors more often. Don’t forget, this blog
Learning outdoors has been around forever. With a commitment to reducing communicable disease transmission, our kids are likely to spend even more time outdoors at school going forward. For some families this is a welcome acknowledgment of what they know to be true: kids are happier, healthier, and learn more
Formal outdoor education programs are very different than outdoor classrooms. That said, teaching outdoors still requires some planning and preparation, particularly if you are going to spend the majority of your day in less than ideal weather conditions. Scandinavian proverbs remind us there is no such thing as bad weather,
Over the last twenty years I’ve been teaching and learning outside in a variety of capacities. Both as a parent and a professional educator, I am endlessly fascinated by the power of nature to transform children’s experiences of school and learning. This post lists recommended books that have inspired my
Music Is Not My Strongest Subject But… Of all the curricular content I teach as an elementary school educator, music is likely my weakest subject area. What I don’t know about music, I make up for in my enthusiasm and expertise in outdoor play! So when a cohort of teacher