Classrooms are modern inventions. Invented in fairly recent times as a box to put children in to control them better, they are an unnatural environment that can not only stifle children but teachers too. So, it’s time to lose the box – and Dirty Teaching author and outdoor learning pioneer Juliet Robertson can teach you how.
A successful primary head teacher and an internationally recognised authority on learning outside the classroom, Juliet’s calm and practical approach has won over thousands of teachers wary of what might happen if they lined up their class, opened the door and stepped outside. What Juliet shows is that, whether you are stepping into a school field, a local wood or simply the tarmac of the school car park, armed with a few sticks and some great ideas you can bring literacy, numeracy and the rest of the curriculum to life for all learners.
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Feedback from recent events include:
"The day spent with Juliet has had a noticeable effect on outdoor learning here already. We have classes out every day using the playground for literacy and numeracy and the upper school staff are in the final stages of organising woodland visits. Everyone is having a go and so far everyone, especially the children, are enjoying it"
"Inspirational ideas for use throughout the school"
"You have given me ideas to make more effort and encourage others to open the doors"
"Very persuasive evidence given to the importance of outdoor space for children"
"I would just like to thank you for such a practical, inspiring and informative day. I can honestly say that today was the most useful and interesting course I have ever been on. I really liked how you linked the theory to practical considerations and had reasoned arguments for all that you did. Your ideas will be being put to very good use in my classroom and those of my colleagues next week and after the holidays"
With Juliet Robertson. Using the natural environment to improve the teaching and learning in your school.
For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.
Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.