Please Vote for Taking Children Outdoors to Play and Learn

5 December 2011 · 8 comments

in General Commentary

The 8th Annual Edublogs Awards have officially opened and voting begins today. More blogs have been nominated than ever before and the competition is fierce!

You can vote once every day until Tuesday 13th December. Click on the logo!


I’m quite amazed that I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! has been shortlisted especially in the Best Ed Tech/Resource Sharing category (thanks everyone who nominated this blog). Whilst I don’t go for self-promotion, I’m keen for the blog to get votes to raise the profile of learning and playing outdoors within all sectors of mainstream education.

Here’s why…

Very often, educators forget that there is a real world beyond the four walls of their classroom which can be used each and every day to make learning fun and relevant for all children and young people. School grounds, local area and visits further afield can deeply enrich the education we offer children.

Very often, schools fail to remember that fresh air and free play outside is helps children concentrate better when back in class.

Very often, those building schools and running them do not realise that natural playspaces and beautifully developed school grounds reduces incidents of playground bullying and violence.

There’s heaps more reasons… have a look at the links in the research section of this blog.

I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here! is my way of providing remote support, ideas, advice and information to educators, parents and everyone and anyone who wants or needs to get children outdoors.

The more who know about this blog, the more children who get a chance to experience learning outside with their hands, hearts and head in this wonderful world. And that’s precious!

You can vote once every day until Tuesday 13th December. Click on the logo!

“We are not saying ‘Goodbye’ to our classes. We are opening them up!”
Simon Beames

Finally I’d like to flag up lots of other blogs and bloggers and educators using social media to positively spread the word about learning and play outdoors. Where there’s more than one outdoorsy blog in a category, click on the header link daily and vote in rotation…

Best individual blog

Amy Ahola – Child Central Station
Catherine Oehlman – Squigglemum
Jennifer Kable – Let the Children Play

Best individual tweeter

Jennifer Kable @preschoolplay

Best group blog

Play Based Learning
Childhood 101

Best new blog 2011

Exploring the Outdoor Classroom by Kristin
Learning for Life by Kierna C
Flights of Whimsy by Karen

Best Ed Tech/Resource sharing blog

I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!
Irresistible Ideas*

Most influential blog post 2011

Thomas Hobson – That’s Teacher Tom!

Best twitter hashtag

#playoutdoors

Best educational use of a wiki

METASAGA**

Best Teacher Blog

Teacher Tom

Best educational use of a social network

Teach Preschool***

*Donna and Sherry are great friends and nominated this blog. I’d be a very happy runner up to these two.
**This wikki is wonderful outdoor leadership idea for all ages. It was developed by Kate Coutts, HT at Uyeasound Primary School on Shetland. It’s Britain’s most northern school. Sadly on 21st December, this school will close forever. Please vote and make this award part of many tributes to this amazing little school.
***Whilst Teach Pre-school is not especially outdoorsy, Deborah J Stewart has created the most remarkable Facebook and blog network. When she flags up an outdoor post, it reaches many pre-school educators who may not think about taking children outside. And here’s her own thoughts:

“If you look at my school, we have nothing but trees and rocks. It is still beautiful and after learning ideas from you (and others), I started looking at my yard with new perspective.  I used to think that until I could add playground equipment, I couldn’t say I had a good play yard but I no longer say this. My kids love playing out in my yard and in the woods behind us and they never have asked me once for toys or a slide:)”

And that’s the impact of a blog! So go on… vote!

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Sherry and Donna December 5, 2011 at 12:19

Congratulations Juliet and you go girl! … I would be thrilled to come second to your amazing blog any day my friend!!
Donna 🙂 🙂

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Debi December 5, 2011 at 15:46

Congratulations – I’d be happy to support you with my vote! Thanks for being a support to us parents, too, by bridging the gap between the preschool world and the home environment. 🙂

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Kierna C December 5, 2011 at 18:23

Juliet – where do you get your energy? I am trying ot figure out who got nominated for what & where & here you have it all sussed – your nomination is so well deserved & good luck :)o

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Deborah (Teach Preschool) December 6, 2011 at 05:14

And I meant every word of it!!!

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Deborah (Teach Preschool) December 6, 2011 at 05:15

Oh – and I really am out-doorsy!! Well – I am working on it at least:)

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Denise Krebs December 7, 2011 at 15:28

Juliet,

Thanks for spreading the word. I had not even heard of this “movement”–if one can call it that. It actually is a pretty mainstream historical idea. Perhaps a bit waylaid along the way. I am all for it! Wholeheartedly agree!

This year my 7th grade science students and I are making a Life Science Portfolio on Flickr as we explore a local trail. The days we walk to the trail are our favorite science days. Now with the new snow we’ve had, we’ll be back out there soon. Your post has inspired me to think of additional ways to get us outside.

I love the #eddies and how they make us aware of new educators, ideas, and members for our PLN. Keep up the great work!

Denise

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jenny December 9, 2011 at 00:38

Yay for the outdoors blogs I say! And yay to you Juliet – you are a wonderful support and inspiration and my ‘go to’ person and blog for everything outdoors and play. I hope you realise how much I get from you blog, even though I’m usually too slack to comment 🙂

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Juliet Robertson December 10, 2011 at 12:16

Thanks everyone for your kind comments and feedback.

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