The Naturalist Teacher

03/28/2019 - 9:00am to 03/31/2019 - 3:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development, Higher ed

Content areas: All Content Areas

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

Date and Time: Thursday-Sunday, March 28-31, 2019, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The teacher is a naturalist, and the classroom is their ecosystem! Using techniques borrowed from naturalists, ecologists, anthropologists, and archaeologists, educators will learn critical observation skills, deep reflection tools, and tools to maintain curiosity about their students’ learning.

This four-day intensive course will foster conversation through active learning (both physically and mentally) via hikes, shared meals, and sharing experiences in nature together.

Participants will leave with a new perspective on how educators learn about the children in their care, and how to utilize their own personal learning style in their daily practice.

This will be an experiential and play-based learning course for teachers who want to actively learn more about their students through observation and reflection.

The course will begin with a twilight hike and fireside chat Thursday evening, and conclude at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

About the Instructor
Tiffany Pearsall lives and works as a preschool teacher in the Columbia River Gorge. She is Founder and Lead Teacher at Play Frontier, a nonprofit childcare center. She considers herself a constructionist teacher and learner, and spends much of her free time studying child development, playwork, nature, and John Dewey. She is a play advocate.