One of the keys to a happy and creative classroom is getting out of it and this book will give you the confidence to do just that. Drawing on academic research, Juliet explains why learning outdoors is so beneficial and provides plenty of tips and activities to help you integrate outdoor learning into your teaching practice, providing a broad range of engaging outdoor experiences for your students. There is no need for expensive tools or complicated technologies: all you need is your coat and a passion for learning - oh, and you'd better bring the kids too! Topics covered include: forest schools, learning outside the classroom, outdoor education, nature activities, caring for the environment, play in schools, investigative play, urban outdoor activities, problem solving, creative thinking and strategies for supporting curriculum objectives. For all primary practitioners who want to shake up their usual classroom routine and discover the benefits of teaching outdoors.
Juliet Robertson is an Education Consultant who specialises in outdoor learning. Prior to becoming a consultant, Juliet was a Headteacher at three schools making her more than qualified to help others improve their practice. She also writes the popular education blog, "I'm a teacher, get me outside here" where she alliterates her ideas and enthusiasm for learning outdoors.
Introduction The Golden Principles of Teaching Outdoors Before You Go Outside The First Few Sessions Thinking, Reflecting and Reviewing Creating and Constructing A Sense of Adventure Exploring What's Out There Caring for Nature What to do in Concrete Jungles Keeping the Momentum Going Nagging Doubts, Fears and Worries Embedding Outdoor Learning Cross Reference of Ideas to Subject Areas Bibliography Index