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Teaching in the Outdoors Spring 2021 is a Course

Teaching in the Outdoors Spring 2021

Jan 24 - May 1, 2021
2.0 credits

$150 Enroll

Full course description

Course Dates: Online portion: 6 weeks (Jan 24-March 7); Face-to-Face portion: Scheduled with individual teams (between Feb 14-April 30). 

 

Intended Audience: Teachers, and other professionals, who are taking part in the School of the Wild program. 

 

***ATTENTION: Use the Promotion Code SCHOOLOFTHEWILD to register.

 

Course Description: This is a blended learning course designed for educators who would like to learn more about theory and practice for teaching in outdoor settings. Part 1 of the course is online and will focus on theory and models for teaching in the outdoors. This will include video presentations, selected readings, and discussions. Part 2 of the course is a face-to-face component that focuses on developing place-based curriculum for implementing a multidisciplinary outdoor learning experience. This event that will be scheduled at a later date. For this portion of the course, instructional teams will meet at the park that will be the location for their School of the Wild experience to work collaboratively develop a framework for the experience. Part 3 of the course is the independent study portion. Members of the instructional teams will work independently, and in collaboration, to develop a detailed curriculum for their School of the Wild experience.

 

Course Objectives:

 

  • By the end of this course, students will develop an understanding the theoretical justification for how outdoor learning experiences can improve student outcomes. 
  • By the end of this course, students will be able to work independently, and collaboratively, to develop a curriculum for their five-day outdoor learning experience (School of the Wild).
  • By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate how the curriculum is aligned with state standards and connects with instruction provided in the traditional classroom.  

 

Course Requirements:

 

  • Students will review all course materials, take part in the online, face-to-face, and independent study portions of the course. 
  • Students will read assigned readings and post comments in group chats.
  • Students will attend a planning session to develop their team’s School of the Wild experience.
  • Students will develop a curriculum to be taught during their School of the Wild experience that is aligned with state standards and connects with instruction provided in their traditional classroom setting. 

 

Course Materials:

Louv, Richard. Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature deficit disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin books of Chapel Hill, 2005.

** Attention: If you wish to use this course for licensure renewal credit, make sure to check with your school district for approval prior to registering for the course.