NDSB – Transition to teaching outdoors

What a fun night with colleagues from the Niagara District School Board! Thank you to all who joined in on our first session of the series. The session was framed around this blog post, if you could not register but want more information!

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Session two: Playful cross-curricular learning outdoors

Session two: Playful cross-curricular learning outdoors

So many of you were able to join us again this week to look at how we can intentionally build capacity for teaching and learning outdoors. Welcome to those of you who are new to the series. This week we looked at how we can design for inclusion and joyful learning when we are planning our outdoor learning spaces.

Several of you asked for the poem I shared at the end of our session. It is by William Martin:

Ancient advice for modern parents

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”


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Session three: Outdoor play with loose parts

And just like that our series comes to an end! Thank you to everyone who joined us this week as we considered how we can enact a pedagogy of play with loose parts outdoors.

I am unable to post the slides from tonight’s session because the file size is too large. I’m linking blog posts that were mentioned in our session that may be helpful.

Blog posts

Water cycle inquiry

Best books about rain

Shadow story play

What is risky play? (all resources shared are found in this post)

Risky play with tools

Risky play with feeling hidden or lost

Risky play with height