Connecting Famous Children’s Characters to Place Based Education: When Peter Rabbit Stepped on Winnie the Pooh
Date(s) - Sep 19, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
McLeod Athletic Park
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Many of our beloved fictional children’s characters, from Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh and Anne of Green Gables, shape the imagination of young – and old readers alike – through their adventures in nature, their simplicity and friendship. Many of the stories creatively display social-emotional learning opportunities in a simple and relatable way. What would happen if we could bring our learners into the story and utilizes our outside places to teach? Could the 100 acre Woods that intrigued Christopher Robin or Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden be recreated in another setting?
Place based learning mixed with story telling supports children’s creativity and the natural places that surround them. The story of place and the characters that come from these settings is how place based education works magic with young learners.
Let’s take nature education and connect it to all aspects of place, like local history, environment, and love for the natural world. Every place can have a story – in the city, the schoolyard, the forest or your backyard! This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of place-based education with emphasis on lessons of environmental responsibility and imaginative play. Walk away with simple and low cost ideas of how you can use place(s) and stories as tools for learning that are engaging and relevant.
This workshop is OFFSITE & OUTSIDE. Dress for the weather!
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604 533 4425
Jeff Willis has been a Youth and Family Worker for over twenty years, he is the founder of Creative Toolbox and has been the Assistant Director of Res-Life at Simon Fraser University. As a skilled energetic facilitator and speaker, Jeff has spent over 25 years working with a variety of organizations using supportive, innovative and experiential techniques to improve team collaboration and staff effectiveness. His passion is derived from his breadth of understanding of experiential education, his various senior roles within the outdoor recreation industry, successful entrepreneurial endeavours and a committed community advocate.