Nature connection and experiential education

The students (…)

Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.

It is implemented by: Teachers, youth workers

It is directed at students aged: 6-8, 9-11

Target group: Class-centered, group-centered

Main subjects involved: Social skills, biology, geography, cross-curricular, physical education

ICT involvement:  no

Description of the practice:  A trip to the forest, where the group works together to build a hut or an adventure trail as a project (autumn or spring semester). This practice helps students to get used to the natural environment and through working together it also develops their social and emotional skills. This is an interesting way to get students motivated to go out into nature through working toge (Experiential pedagogy means enabling human growth and learning through experiences that touch people holistically. It is based on the understanding that there is something good in every human being, which can be developed to achieve spiritual growth.)

Accessible to any student: yes

Meaningful participation for every student: yes

Support to the practice: no

Does this practice promote students observable participation in school related activities? Yes. The skills, memories and encounters gained through working together and succeeding in nature also carry over into the world of school. Through skills learnt in nature and story-telling, motivation to learn can also grow and develop. For example, practices can support the various relationships within the group.

Does the practice promote students sense of belonging to classmates, teachers and school? Yes. Common experiences increase the sense of belonging together for the whole group.

Does the practice promote students giving value to success in school-related goals? Yes. The are learning in practice acquaring the basic competences which the school promotes and consequently their are obtening certification

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