ECO - Educating Children Outdoors - summer graduate course

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ECO - Educating Children Outdoors - summer graduate course

Time: July 13, 2015 to July 17, 2015
Location: The North Branch Nature Center
Street: 713 Elm Street
City/Town: Montpelier, Vermont
Website or Map: http://northbranchnaturecente…
Phone: (802) 229-6206
Event Type: professional, development
Organized By: Amy Butler
Latest Activity: Apr 21, 2015

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The ECO Teacher Training is a five-day nature immersion course for elementary teachers, assistants, aides and administrators. During the week, a leadership team of professional nature immersion specialists guide teachers in learning the direct application of outdoor classroom routines as well as ways to incorporate NGSS and Common Core into those routines.  All trainings are held in an outdoor setting so please come prepared to spend the entire day outside. The course takes place on 28 acres at The North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, VT. This graduate course is 4 CE credits and is taught through Lyndon State College.

ECO Level 1- July 13th-17th, 2015
This week-long course will introduce teachers to core routines which create the structure for an outdoor classroom experience to succeed. Through the practice of storytelling, playing, building, creating and reflecting, you will learn what it is like to have a standards-based lesson imbedded within a day long outdoor experience. This learning will mirror the experience of students during a typical day of ECO.  You will have time for discussion, philosophy and planning with school teams with the oversight of an experienced instructor.

ECO Level 2 – July 27th – 31st, 2015 
This course will continue to practice and build off of the groundwork of core routines established in Level I, as well as dive deeper into the technical field skills and pedagogy that serve as tools to enhance the outdoor learning experience.  During the course we will immerse ourselves into inquiry-based learning through intensive experiential lessons, activities, and discussions, examine how storytelling can be used as a way to teach and prompt lessons, and develop science based journaling techniques and routines to introduce to students as an indoor reflection to their outdoor classroom.  Participants will also be provided with sample lessons to use in their own classroom which align with Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core.

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