Ever Active Schools Summer Institute
|The Ever Active Schools Summer Institute (EASSI) is a unique professional learning opportunity designed to empower teachers and those working with children and youth on specific priorities related to wellness. The theme of the institute changes from year to year, and it is hosted at the end of summer holidays so that you can return to your classroom prepared to a year of success.|
The topic of 2016's Institute was:
“Connecting to Land and Nature Based Learning.”
*According to David Sobel, “In the face of indoor-ification, a cultural and educational movement is emerging-focused on new approaches to nature based education.”
Come learn about some of these trends and reclaim Indigenous wisdom on the importance of land.
Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
Throughout the two day event participants discussed the relationship between nature and anxiety, learned about finding nature where they are, linked the outdoors to curriculum, and discovered what an innovative outdoor play space might look like & how to incorporate healthy risk.
Teachers and other delegates left empowered to change their practice around land and nature based learning environments.
*Quote from David Sobel found in preface to Forest and Nature School in Canada: A head, heart, hands approach to outdoor learning. Accessible online here.
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