Full course description
Date and time
Available from Wendesday 17 February 2021
Online - self-paced resource course
This learning event is right for you if you are curriculum teacher, curriculum project leader, curriculum coordinator, co-curricular coordinator, wellbeing leader, pastoral care advisor or a history and social sciences educator.
Greenery and nature’s surroundings release endorphins that bring forth feelings that support positive mental health. Encouraging learning in outdoor environments is therefore very beneficial.
School gardens and other outdoor spaces are places where students can learn about productive gardening, biodiversity and sustainability. They provide the perfect environment in which to engage the young and old alike – bringing students, teachers, parents and local communities together in a shared experience of natural and ‘hands on’ learning.
Students have an opportunity to explore innovative ideas in the face of climate change and get involved in the development of their schools’ green spaces too.
Inspiring school communities to make the most of their outdoor spaces encourages a lifelong connection with the natural environment and promotes student learning as well as health and wellbeing.
Research has shown that, irrespective of socio-economic background, age or gender, natural environments are perceived as an important link to a more stable world, one that assists in reforming chaotic thoughts and feelings into more harmonious forms. (Stigsdotter and Grahn 2003)
This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):
- Curriculum and student learning - Student learning outcomes
- awareness of climate change and sustainability
- understanding of the importance of greenspaces and taking learning outdoors
- exploration of productive gardening, biodiversity and sustainability
- ways to enhancing engagement with the environment
- strategies to promote collaboration and foster positive relationships with the school community and local communities
- ways to give students an opportunity to explore innovative ideas in the face of climate change and get involved in the development of their schools’ outside environments.
Julie is currently Principal Consultant at ISV in the School Improvement Team. Her role includes conducting workshops and professional development seminars on various wellbeing and curriculum aspects. These include, approaches that can be implemented to develop positive relationships throughout the school community that can incorporate restorative practices, inclusiveness and cultural diversity, supports for Indigenous students, supports for key concerns such as the ‘word gap’ that students from low socio economic backgrounds and challenging backgrounds are exposed to, personalised learning supports, mentoring, consulting and coaching.