I am on the Steering Committee of a group called Wild About Vancouver, brainchild of our fearless leader, Dr. Hart Banack, UBC. This is a particularly good opportunity because I get together with people who experience the concept of #GetOutdoors on so many different levels. Our conversation started with a goal of organizing an outdoorContinue reading “Wild About Vancouver and More…”
Engaging with nature is a catalyst for curiosity and the learning that comes with it.
Wild About Vancouver is a celebration of the outdoors being held from April 18-25, 2018. Activities are planned by individuals, schools, sports organizations and community groups and centres. All activities planned during the week are free to participants. The goal for the week is to generate lots of energy, ideas and momentum for participation in outdoorContinue reading “Wild About Vancouver”
Investigating Our Practice Conference in the Faculty of Education on Saturday, May 14th. The day was filled with poster presentations, talks and interactive experiences by undergraduates, grad students, faculty and alumni. It was particularly exciting to see the level of engagement of the student giving up their very sunny Vancouver Saturday to consider a rangeContinue reading “Taking learning and purposeful play outside, rain or shine”
There is nothing like the visit from a REAL author to bring to life the point that authors are real people, writing about their experiences or imaginings. We are thrilled to welcome Deborah Hodge to speak to the Vancouver School Board. Deborah Hodge will be joining administrators, librarians and two students from 55 Vancouver elementary schoolsContinue reading “Deborah Hodge Talks the Craft of Writing”
Earth Day has become an established part of the school calendar. Every school district and most schools focuses on taking care of the environment in one capacity or another. In some cases, the focus remains on garbage pickup and recycling. In some cases, it extends to gardening efforts, going outside for Physical Education andContinue reading “Moving Beyond Earth Day”
HumpDayHighlight: This featured blog post is intended to explore classroom practices and possibilities, including books and units of study. Hump Day Highlight #3: Wild About Vancouver As I reported in an earlier blog post on Outdoor Learning (Dec. 2015), Dr. Hart Banack, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC, has been heading up Wild AboutContinue reading “Wild About Vancouver”
Embracing the outdoors as an avenue for learning in not always easy sell when you live in a temperate rainforest. The sun, the sand and the sea are celebrated in Vancouver and our claim to being “the very best” place to live is assumed. Last week I was heading outside with a group of studentsContinue reading “Learning Outdoors”