Professional Development

Nature Play CBR is excited to be offering a range of education based, pedagogical professional learning opportunities.

The following workshops offer educators (Teachers, Administrators, Education Assistants and Student Teachers) the opportunity to explore the possibilities of using outdoor spaces in their school and local community as learning spaces and outdoor classrooms. They combine child development theory with storytelling and experiential activities and their aim is to help educators take the first steps required to commence, reinvigorate or enhance outdoor learning possibilities.

FACILITATOR INFORMATION

Nature Play CBR is excited to present Daniel Burton from Educated by Nature to provide a series of professional learning workshops. In 2014, Daniel Burton and Trudi Bennett established the social enterprise, Educated by Nature, drawing on their experience teaching in outdoor settings. Their mission is to provide opportunities for families and schools to spend time in nature, developing connections with the environment, each other and themselves. This connection is important for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and they believe that this connection is what builds resilience.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION

The following workshops are FREE professional learning opportunities for ACT based teachers and organisations.

Spaces are limited so please register your interest in attending below. An email confirming your attendance along with additional information will be emailed to you following your registration.

The workshops have been designed with reference to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Teaching Standards (AITSL).

  • Know students and how they learn - 1.1, 1.2, 1.5
  • Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning - 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6
  • Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - 4.1, 4.2, 4.4
  • Engage in professional learning - 6.1, 6.2, 6.4
  • Engage prfessionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community - 7.4

 

Simple Numeracy Lessons for a Nature School

For Primary School Educators
Tuesday 31st July 2pm - 5pm, National Arboretum Canberra.

One of the simplest ways to start an outdoor classroom is to transplant lessons usually conducted indoors, to the outdoors. This workshop will explore research on the state of childhood and stories of outdoor classrooms from Australia and around the world. Educators will go outside the four walls to participate in outdoor lessons focussed on exploring numeracy using natural objects. This workshop will provide the inspiration and ideas you need to start teaching outside straight away.

 

An Educators’ Balancing Act

Addressing Fears in Establishing Outdoor Classrooms
Wednesday 1st August 9:30am—11:30am, National Arboretum Canberra.

Nature helps children come alive with motivation, curiosity and engaged learning. It takes courage and trust for teachers to break the mould and challenge current pedagogy. Educated by Nature encourages teachers to find the balance between connected, engaging student learning opportunities and meeting mandated curriculum policies set by government bodies. Addressing four common fears in establishing an outdoor classroom culture, this workshop highlights some possibilities and ideas for moving forward to provide rich outdoor learning experiences.  
This workshop will offer hands-on examples and experiences.

BOOKED OUT - IF YOU WISH TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST PLEASE EMAIL natureplaycbr@act.gov.au

 

Tools and Independence

The Power to Transform: using tools to develop independence and resilience
Wednesday 1st August 1pm—3pm, National Arboretum Canberra.

The ability to build and create provides opportunities to develop confidence and independence. Developing an  “I can” attitude and saying “YES” to children encourages self-sufficiency and autonomy which translates to other areas of school and home life. This workshop empowers teachers to confidently use hand tools and other technical equipment in structured and open-ended learning experiences to enhance student creativity and engagement. Practical skills are accompanied by development of risk management techniques and safe practices. 

BOOKED OUT - IF YOU WISH TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST PLEASE EMAIL natureplaycbr@act.gov.au

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