Playgrounds and schoolyards are underused resources for ecological learning.
The Walking Curriculum challenge begins on April 3, 2019 (National Walking Day). K-12 educators around the globe are committed to taking student learning outside for part of the day–rain or snow or shine–for 30 days.
With The Walking Curriculum: Evoking Wonder And Developing A Sense of Place (K-12) as a resource and guide, outdoor learning will involve engaging students in imagination- and inquiry-focused walks designed to enrich learning of the regular curriculum. Outdoor, walking-based learning fuels cross-curricular activities students then pursue throughout the rest of their day.
This page on the CIRCE website offers you support for joining and successfully completing this challenge. Free resources, information for parents and more. Be sure to check it out!
“The simple act of taking a walk—a walk with a curricular focus or purpose—can have multiple positive consequences. For example, walking can support students’ health and wellbeing. It can also emotionally and imaginatively engage learners by changing the “context” of learning. On a deeper level, a new level of curriculum relevance can emerge for students when learning occurs in real-world contexts. Going even deeper, walking-based practice can support students in developing a sense of Place. … Sense of Place is what can change how our students understand the world of which they are part—it can help them re-imagine their relationship with the natural and cultural communities they live in.”
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