place-based learning

Place-Based Education Workshop Series (part 1 of 2)

In the first part of a two-part workshop series, participants will be introduced to the theory and implementation of place-based education through lectures, discussions, readings and activities.

The workshop series is limited to Wyoming based educators. How does the place where you teach influence your curriculum? What tools can be used to connect students to place? Participants will explore these topics while hiking, participating in a service-learning project, and designing place-based lessons and educational experiences for their students. In the first part of a two-part workshop series, participants will be introduced to the theory and implementation of place-based education through lectures, discussions, readings and activities. All activities will model the pedagogical approaches of place-based learning: experiential, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary and locally-focused. Participants will actively engage in reflection to make meaningful connections to their teaching practice. This workshop series is designed to re-invigorate participants with fresh ideas for integrating and implementing place-based education in the curriculum, classroom, schoolyard, and local community/environment. Participants must sign up with a team of 3 or more teachers and commit to both the fall and spring workshops. In addition to the workshops, participating teachers will have the opportunity for TSS graduate students to visit their classrooms and spend two days with students, teaching and modeling a place-based approach within the classroom and surrounding areas.