Week 3 — The not so Outdoor Ed

This was our third week in the classroom and Brookylnn and I had planned to take our class outside and do some team building dynamics using some outdoor ed activities. We felt as if our class was very “grouped” and not very open with one another so we felt this would be a good opportunity for us to try and get our class bonded together. Brooklynn being the outdoor ed minor has a great passion for being outside and we both looked forward to this lesson. However the weather was too cold and we were forced to adapt our lesson to fit the constraints of the classroom. Our lesson went super well and our Co-op was impressed with how we handled the class as they like to be loud and rambunctious. We had to use a few different teaching strategies in order to get their attention, but we ended up working with the lights off technique. 

Our lesson had many great ways of teamwork and forced students to get out of their clique and work with one another to accomplish a common goal. Before our lesson started Brooklynn did a great job of introducing outdoor ed and what it was really about. We talked to our students about their Reading Week break and how it went. 

I would change the lesson:

First, by having it outside.

Second, explain the games first and then have the students move and get the proper items.

Third, I would have less instruction and let the students figure things out more for themselves in the games.

Finally, I really like the environment we created with this lesson. The closure with the students was a talking circle where each student had the opportunity to talk. We discussed the importance of completing the activities without cheating. Why people cheat? What was the difference from the start of the lesson to the end (individual to group based activities). The discussion went well and it was an inviting environment where people could add their opinions without feeling oppressed. This week, I learnt that I don’t have to be the loud teacher and I can talk quietly and the students still listen. I was whispering instructions! I became more confident in seeing myself as a teacher and look forward to how I can further adapt my lessons to my students’ needs.

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