At Northey Street City Farm we run a professional development workshops for teachers on a range of topics related to permaculture, organic gardening and sustainability. We provide certificates for attendance. We are also available to visit schools to run in-service sessions. Please contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what options are available.
To see School Tours offered by the Farm see: https://www.nscf.org.au/home/learn/youth-education/school-activities/
Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum: A Professional Development workshop for Educators
This practical workshop demonstrates how the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority area of Sustainability can be addressed while taking learning outdoors. The content draws on place-responsive pedagogies and nature connection practices which connect students to place and foster a care of the natural world.
Workshop participants will:
- Learn about the benefits of outdoor learning and how outdoor activities can be applied to learning areas including Science, English, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Arts.
- Experience a range of activities and tools that foster connection to place and grow children’s ecological literacy. Activities include ‘sit spots’, ‘the web of life’; nature journaling; the ‘Council of all Beings’ and more.
- Reflect with other participants on the activities experienced and consider ways to adapt or extend them for different groups of students or for different learning areas.
- Be introduced to ‘nature names’ – a practice that can be woven through units of work to support students to learn about the plants and animals in local ecosystems and their relationships with each other.
- Take home a resources list, activity descriptions with links to the Australian curriculum and a certificate for 6 hours of professional development.
The approaches and activities introduced in this workshop support students to increase critical and creative thinking and have the knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world. Outdoor learning using these experience-based strategies also supports children’s emotional well-being and physical health.
While the workshop is focused on primary school teachers, the learnings are also applicable to teachers and educators who work with other students as well as homeschooling parents. The content relates particularly to sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, and 3.3 of the Australian professional standards for teachers.
About the main presenter:
Emma Brindal is the Youth Education Coordinator at Northey Street City Farm, where she runs permaculture and sustainability activities and programs for children and adults. She is also the founder of WiseEarth Education and has been teaching and facilitating experiential learning and environmental education programs for over a decade. Emma has a degree in Environmental Science and is currently studying a Master of Education (Social Ecology). See: https://wiseeartheducation.com/
Artist and educator Bethan Burton of Journaling with Nature will run a session on nature journaling to inspire you with a range of ways that nature journaling can be used to enhance outdoor learning. See: https://www.journalingwithnature.com/
Registration for the workshop:
Cost: $140 school-funded/full | $90 student/unwaged Includes morning tea. BYO lunch
Or register via email or phone:
PH: 3857 8775
If your school or organisation is paying for your attendance, we can invoice you – email email@example.com to arrange this.