I've reached out to many to help me in this pursuit and have gained lots of ideas. There have been a number of successful learning events in this regard, and some not so successful attempts as well.
|This quote continues to lead our naturalist efforts.|
This morning, the Education Director from Drumlin Farm, will host a naturalist workshop for high school students and family members. I'm hoping that this will be one more way to deepen student learning since it will prepare high school students and family members to guide students during nature walks with knowledge and targeted learning experiences. Later, rather than bringing all the students out to the woods near our school by myself, these family members and students will help me guide the students which means more attention and care as students study the land beneath, around, and above their feet.
Learning choreography benefits from a mix of deep and less deep learning experiences. If the curriculum is too deep and serious, many students will lose interest. Yet if the learning is superficial and rarely deep, students will not have the chance to experience the value of rich learning and teaching. Our learning/teaching choreography also benefits from successful teaming, communication, and design, and those are important constructs to build into school structure and scheduling to forward that kind of memorable, impactful teaching and learning.
I'm looking forward to today's training. As with any new initiative, it's a bit daunting, but if we never try, we'll know. Let's see what happens.