Outdoor Education – Experiential Learning

Outdoor learning as an educational concept goes beyond the traditional understanding of teaching which takes place in the indoor classroom.
There is a large body of evidence about the benefits of outdoor learning, including improved language and communication skills, motivation, independence, confidence and self-esteem, concentration, creativity, etc.

All curriculum areas can be supported by outdoor learning but taking lessons outdoors also requires planning and facing challenges that stand in the way.

The course is primarily designed for primary school teachers and other members of staff looking for knowledge, skills, examples of good practice and advice to support the development of outdoor learning in their schools. However, also pre-school or secondary school teacher can benefit from theoretical lectures on experiential learning and first-hand outdoor experience.

 

Working sessions

Experiential Learning and Education System
  • changes in the worlds of our students
  • needs that are not met anymore
  • trends in the adaptations and modifications of school systems
  • concept of learning by doing
Outdoor Classroom at St. Stanislav's Institution
  • presentation of our concept of outdoor classroom and school programme
  • steps in the development of the programme
  • obstacles and challenges 
  • afternoon and extracurricular activities outdoors
Skills for Life
  • examples of methods and techniques
  • survival and scout skills
  • cooking outdoors
  • making simple cutlery from wood
Curriculum Outdoors
  • taking school subjects and their objectives and programmes outdoors
  • preparing and implementing lesson plans
  • including students 
  • examples of good practice
Outdoor Education and New Technologies
  • how to combine outdoor education and new technologies to design lessons
  • encouraging critical and responsible use of electronic devices
Reflection and Possibilities for Implementation
  • how to use what was learnt in practice
  • preparation and execution of informal activities
  • outdoor lunch
  • reflextion

Provisional timetable

  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Morning Arrival Session 1 Session 3 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 A
Afternoon Welcome Session 2 Visit to Ljubljana Optional modules Free Sharing best practice event  day
Evening Free International evening Slovenian evening Activities evening Free Reflection evening trip

The timetable with a more detailed description of the activities will be given to the participants a week before the start of the course.

 

 

Thoughts from our past participants and some impressions

 

Thoroughly enjoyable

We could see that you put a lot of effort in making this seminar as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.

Marina, Psychology teacher from Bosnia

2019-12-05T10:54:27+01:00

Marina, Psychology teacher from Bosnia

We could see that you put a lot of effort in making this seminar as pleasant and enjoyable as possible.

Inspiration for work

I left this course equipped with skills and inspired to implement multidisciplinary projects integrating these activities, which include a better connection to natural environment in order to stimulate the senses and make it possible for young people to be more active, committed and happier.

Luis, primary school teacher from Portugal

2019-12-05T10:55:58+01:00

Luis, primary school teacher from Portugal

I left this course equipped with skills and inspired to implement multidisciplinary projects integrating these activities, which include a better connection to natural environment in order to stimulate the senses and make it possible for young people to be more active, committed and happier.

 

What is included in the course package?

  • course contents and materials
  • additional optional modules and a sharing best practice event
  • coffee and other refreshments throughout the course
  • full-board accommodation 
  • rich social programme
  • a series of networking opportunities

Everything in the price of €1,150.

For more information, see other sections of the website.