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!
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.
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!
“We are not saying ‘Goodbye’ to our classes. We are opening them up!”
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…
Amy Ahola – Child Central Station
Catherine Oehlman – Squigglemum
Jennifer Kable – Let the Children Play
Jennifer Kable @preschoolplay
Play Based Learning
Exploring the Outdoor Classroom by Kristin
Learning for Life by Kierna C
Flights of Whimsy by Karen
I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!
Thomas Hobson – That’s Teacher Tom!
*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!