Teachers from Vineland, NJ's Compass Academy Charter School recently participated in a professional development workshop hosted by Littoral Society Director of Education Michelle Rebilas. The theme was “Teaching in the Outdoors” and it focused on using the Nature Center on their school grounds as an Outdoor Classroom for learning, exploration, and wellness.
Participants, who teach pre-K through 5th grade at Compass Academy, each received a Teaching in the Outdoors curriculum guide containing custom lesson plans to engage their students in the Outdoor Classroom.
Teachers from subjects ranging from art to science, math, reading, writing, and resource/technology had the opportunity to practice the Nature Center activities and take on the role of the student for the day. They used their senses, explored what lives under a log, went on a wildlife detective mission, sorted colors, shapes, and categories, created nature journals, made art in nature and practiced inquiry and science skills. Teachers were encouraged to get curious, find teachable moments, get dirty, and try something new!
The goal of the Teaching in the Outdoors training is to provide teachers with the tools and support to use the outdoors as a learning space and to connect as many students as possible to nature and all its benefits.
If you are interested in a Littoral Society Teacher Professional Development Workshop, contact Michelle Rebilas at firstname.lastname@example.org