Harness the benefits of the most interactive instruction possible: learning on school grounds, outside the four walls of the classroom. Conducting class outside offers many academic, physical, social and emotional benefits for students. Studies link outdoor learning to improvement in attitudes toward school, increased student achievement, higher attendance, increased social development, and physical health benefits. Learning outdoors is even linked to a reduction of ADHD and ADD symptoms among some students. This workshop is designed for K-8 teachers who are new to conducting class outside and are looking to boost their skills with beginning level resources. Participants learn how to conduct class outside on any type of school grounds (from urban concrete to rural forests) in order to engage and inspire students in learning. Guidelines, rules, safety considerations, resources and handouts will be provided so teachers have everything they need to lead confidently.
The class also includes training in Project Learning Tree’s K-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide, and you will receive an e-book version of the PLT guide. You'll also receive a Step Outside kit in the mail for hard copies of resources and supplies for conducting a project-based environmental education product. Classroom management practices that are specific to the outdoors will be discussed. The online self-paced workshop will include time for integrating stepping outside into your classroom setting, and provide a variety of ready-to-use activities so teachers can implement outdoor learning right away. If you would like a hard copy of the PLT K-8 Environmental Education Manual (instead of just online access), this can be included in your kit for an additional charge of $20. Please add the item when you place your order.
Participants have 30 days from registration to complete the module. It should take approximately 8 hours to complete. The certificate of completion states 8 hours of participation and satisfies the environmental education stipulation through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Online via Canvas