How does the outdoors support 'the ecological and spiritual imagination of the mind' of the child? This will be a key question explored on this workshop. We will also be looking at all the other developmental areas humans experience during play. Outdoor play and 'games' will be shared to explore the many possibilities the natural world and outdoor elements offer for meaningful play – from the creative to the rough and tumble. We will be exploring the ‘play framework’ and how we, as practitioners, spot cues from learners to interact with their play without destroying the 'play' and the 'drive' to play. We will also be examining when a 'player' enters a state of flow when the learning becomes integral to the human. The day will look in detail at what practitioners can deduce from play.
Are our observations and evaluations telling us what is really 'going on' for the learner? and how do we check they are truthful? How do we re-discover the world and mind of the child? Some of the many questions asked and explored on this workshop.
Course leader: Jon is the training co-ordinator for Bishops Wood Environmental Education Centre, is long associated with WildWise and has been ‘playing’ with outdoor learning for all age groups for over 30 years.