I wish I would have done this more after Easter break

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Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
I wish I would have done this more after Easter break
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Once Spring Break has ended it sure is a tough transition to get back into the routine of school! When I was in the classroom I found myself looking for ways to make the adjustment period easier. Thankfully I found it. Now I only wish I had done it sooner! Tune in to learn more!

 

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Hey there, fellow educators! Welcome back to another episode of Let's Chat Teaching. I'm your host, Nicole Sanders, and today's topic is something that's been on my mind a lot lately, especially as we dive into the post-spring break season here in Canada.

So, picture this: the weather is finally warming up after what feels like an eternity of winter chill. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and your classroom is starting to feel a little stuffy. What's a teacher to do? Well, let me tell you about something I wish I had done more of after spring break: taking my classroom outside.

Now, before you roll your eyes and dismiss this as just another outdoor activity suggestion, hear me out. I'm not talking about sporadic field trips or PE classes in the fresh air (although those are great too!). No, I'm talking about incorporating outdoor time into our regular teaching routine.

I'll admit, I've been guilty of not making this a priority in the past. Sure, I've taken my class outside a couple of times, but it wasn't a consistent practice. And boy, do I regret it. You see, there's something magical about learning in the great outdoors. It's not just about getting some Vitamin D or a change of scenery (although those are definite perks). It's about invigorating our teaching practice and enhancing the learning experience for our students.

I've seen colleagues who embrace outdoor teaching year-round, and let me tell you, they're onto something. From snowy adventures in cross-country skiing to springtime garden lessons, they've shown me the power of embracing nature as a classroom.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not cut out for winter outdoor teaching expeditions. My idea of camping involves a cozy cabin and indoor plumbing. But once the weather warms up, there's no excuse for not taking advantage of the great outdoors.

Whether you're in Canada like me, basking in the post-Easter warmth, or enjoying year-round sunshine in tropical locales, there's always an opportunity to bring your classroom outside. It doesn't have to be a massive undertaking either. Even just a few sessions throughout the semester can make a world of difference.

So, how can you make outdoor teaching work for you? Start small. Set a goal to take your class outside a couple of times before the end of the school year. Maybe it's a poetry session under a shady tree or a science experiment in the schoolyard. Get creative!

Of course, setting clear expectations is key. Make sure your students know what's expected of them during outdoor lessons, whether it's bringing their own clipboard or respecting nature during field observations.

Trust me, once you experience the joy and energy that outdoor teaching brings, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner. So, let's make a pact to embrace the great outdoors and inject some fresh air into our classrooms. Your mental health, your students, and your teaching practice will thank you for it.

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I'll see you next time!

Nicole

 

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