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Forest School as a Path to Math

  • Monday, June 01, 2020
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This webinar introduces the foundations of forest school pedagogy as it applies to math curriculum in K-6 elementary education. We will discuss how it is possible to blend forest school with the teaching of specific curricula learning outcomes,  as opposed to being an ‘add-on’, which requires extra time within an already crowded curriculum. Focus is placed on K-6 math learning and shows how learning math in the forest is engaging for all (teachers and students). We will also examine how it can support students suffering from behavioral and motivation issues, who are often distracted and disengaged in class.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: CAROLINE BAILLIE

Professor Caroline Baillie is a trained forest school leader (UK) and STEM educator with diverse multidisciplinary background. She shares her time between academic work at the University of San Diego, CA and work with ‘Waste for Life’, which she co-founded with partner Eric Feinblatt.  Caroline formerly ran an innovative ‘bush school’ in Australia with Noongar children using forest school pedagogy (see Bush school talk) and continues her work with Indigneous communities through her collaborative work with USD students and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Nation (see Kumeyaay). During 2018, Caroline also facilitated the development of forest school at Sullivan West Elementary school in Sullivan County NY, which focuses on supporting math learners in the outdoor classroom. Waste for Life's Standing People Together program is currently launching its ‘Forest Exploratorium’ which provides forest school sessions for K-6 age children in rural Sullivan County, NY. Learn more about programs and training with Waste for Life here.

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