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Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice
Wednesday, June 17 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
CON03.CreativeDiscussion01 - Go outside and learn

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Join this session to leave the four walls of the conference session, explore ways to apply the ‘outside world’, be it the natural or the built environment, to aspects of your teaching and your students’ learning. Nesbit and Mayer (2010) point to the affective learning gains, especially student beliefs about the course topic, as a result of field trips. Other studies (e.g., Matsuoka, 2010) show that exposure to nature enhances academic performance. Activities conducted in green space can reduce the symptoms of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD (e.g., Taylor & Kuo, 2009). 

This session, which will take place entirely outdoors (rain or shine) has an application for teachers of any discipline, and for educational developers working with teachers. At times, you might take your students outside, while at other times, maybe you can bring the ‘outside’ in. We will work through individual and small group work and by modeling of techniques I use in my own teaching and facilitation.

This session might also help you to find new ways to motivate students by making connections to their daily lives and interests. Could these strategies enhance your students' understanding of course material and help them achieve the learning outcomes of the course? Leave with at least three ideas you can apply to your teaching and/or facilitating that brings the inside out, or the outside in, as a way to add some ‘fresh air’ to your next course or seminar. We will even get some fresh air and do a bit of ‘nature-watching’ in the process!

Matsuoka, R. (2010). Student performance and high school landscapes: Examining the links. Landscape Urban Planning, 97, 273-82

Nesbit, S. and A. Mayer. (2010). Shifting Attitudes: The Influence of Field Trip Experiences on Student Beliefs. Transformative Dialogues. Volume 4. Issue 2. November, 2010.

Taylor, A, & Kuo, F. (2009). Children with attention deficits concentrate better after walk in the park. Journal of Attention Disorders, 12, 402-9

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Alice Cassidy

Principal, In View Education and Professional Development
Alice Cassidy is an educational developer, science educator and wildlife biologist. She has designed, taught and coordinated courses at the University of British Columbia, and led large-scale educational programs. As a consultant, she leads workshops on teaching and learning. She... Read More →

Wednesday June 17, 2015 1:45pm - 2:45pm
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