Kathy Fraser Gr. 6 Middle Years Outdoor Ed


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Kathy Fraser Gr. 6 Middle Years Outdoor Ed

  1. 1. OUTDOOR ED. CONFERENCE Friday, October 25
  2. 2. Kathy Fraser Teaching Background: -Gr. 7-9 for seven years in Cartwright Prairie Spirit School Division -Gr. 5/6 for eight years in Strathclair Park West School Division
  3. 3. Kathy Fraser Personal Background in Outdoor Activities -camping -cross country skiing -downhill skiing -snowshoeing -horseback riding, English and Western -kayaking I consider myself to be an amateur, not competitive:)
  4. 4. Influences -In elementary school a teacher organized a three day outdoor camp for all Gr. 4-6 students in my school. (polar bear dips) -Both my parents enjoyed some outdoor activities, summer and winter. (family campfires) -I took an Outdoor Ed course in university (BU). (stayed at Camp Wannacumbak) -My brother is an outdoor enthusiast with the most interesting stories. (bouldering)
  5. 5. Outdoor Connection to the Curriculum • Cross Country Skiing for a Valentine’s Party
  6. 6. Skating
  7. 7. Hot Chocolate, Cookies, and Goodies
  8. 8. Gr. 2-6 Downhill Skiing at Ski Valley (Minnedosa)
  9. 9. Gr. 5-12 Archery
  10. 10. Elementary Field Day-Bike Rodeo
  11. 11. Local Immigrant and NWMP Field Trip
  12. 12. Field Trips – Lower Fort Garry & Wpg
  13. 13. Gr. 6 Outdoor Ed Program
  14. 14. Fun Friday Elementary Snow Sculptures
  15. 15. Why is outdoor education necessary?
  16. 16. Outdoor education is necessary for: • • • • • • • • Hands-on experience Learning history where it occurred Movement Team work Healthy bodies Engaging students in learning Appreciation of local environment Positive self-esteem
  17. 17. Learning outdoors is
  18. 18. To help me teach outdoors, I need: • • • • • • • • Cost efficient programs Experts willing to share their knowledge Time frame (season, length of program) Teaching in a creative manner Volunteers to drive Programs that are curriculum based Supplies (backpacks, journals, etc) Previsit for teachers (background knowledge)
  19. 19. My Personal Closing Thoughts • I want my students to enjoy learning. • I want my students to remember what I taught them. • I want my students to feel a connection to nature. • I want my students to have new experiences. • I want my students to smile. • I want my students to participate in all learning activities by their own choosing (not because I told them to).
  20. 20. Future? -Helen Keller “To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.” -Kevin Costner (Field of Dreams) “If you build it, he will come.” -William Shakepeare “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”