A Trip to the Boiler Room: Using Local Energy Systems as a Context for Engaging Place-based Education
Simon Jorgenson, Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Where does the heat in the classroom come from? Who keeps us warm in the winter? Where do these pipes lead? This session will provide examples for how teachers can use local energy systems (including people and places within schools) to teach elementary science and social studies concepts.
Preserving Nature-based Education in the Digital Age
Conor Driscoll, Principal, Hatfield Elementary School, Hatfield, MA
This workshop will provide successful strategies for keeping students’ connection to nature alive in a digital world. The strategies can be used to increase children’s time in nature whether or not the bulk of teaching and learning happens through computers.
How Healthy is Our Stream?
Christina LaRue, 7th/8th grade teacher, Mountain Village Charter School, NH
Our middle school class has been 100% outdoors and fully engaged in place-based, standards-based curriculum. This session will highlight our first integrated investigation of the year: "How healthy is our stream?" The investigation has included nature journaling, a macro-invertebrate stream study and biotic index evaluation, student-led research projects, genre study of narrative non-fiction and nature essays, and an immersive introduction to biodiversity.
Pollinator Gardens for Outdoor Inquiry
Marie Valentine, 2nd grade teacher, Lakewood Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
The Outdoor Inquiry program addresses Pre-K - 5th grade state standards through gardening, environmental science, and sustainability. Building on 15 years of classroom teaching and a partnership with a local university, Marie shares how Outdoor Inquiry reimagines connection to nature and place. Join this session to learn more about pollinator gardens as an inquiry focus at every grade level.
Integrating Math and Outdoor Learning
Julie Bisson, 4th grade teacher, New Hampton Community School, New Hampton, NH
Yes, you can teach math outdoors! Immerse yourself in outdoor learning strategies targeted at teaching your math curriculum in a creative, hands-on way. Gather tips for making fun and practical outdoor math tools and gain insights into the principles of how to turn outdoor learning into an integral part of your day.