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Outdoor Classroom Management Webinar

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Presenters: Whitney Cohen, Education Director at Life Lab.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 1pm / Pacific Time, 4pm / Eastern Time 

Along with abundant opportunities for learning and fun, outdoor classrooms come with a unique set of challenges, particularly in relation to classroom management. How do I focus students' attention on the lesson when the squirrels are dropping walnuts from the tree? How do I hold a class discussion when my students are hesitant to sit on the soil? How do I convince 30 students that the garden is a learning environment and not a space for extra recess time?  In our community’s next webinar, Whitney Cohen, Life Lab’s Education Director, will use stories, photos, and discussion to share tried-and-true tips for managing large groups of students in an outdoor environment. Topics will include: 

  • Tone setting, comfort, and routines
  • Fostering student buy-in
  • Encouraging productive teamwork and cooperative learning
  • Establishing group norms
  • Determining when to be consistent with the indoor rules and when to establish new behavior expectations

This webinar is co-hosted edWeb.net/schoolgardens, the Edible Schoolyard Project, the National Farm to School Network, and Life Lab

  • Rivka Mason

    Hey, I finish teaching at 2:30. Can I stream this later than 1:00?

  • http://www.lifelab.org/ Life Lab

    Hi Rivka, There will be an archive which we will post on our site when we receive it. It will also be available on the edWeb.net/schoolgardens site as well.
    Best,
    JOHN

  • Monika

    Will this Webinar be archived for later viewing? My co-workers and I would love to hear it but we’ll be out at a school during this time!

  • Monika

    Just saw the previous posts! Very excited to listen to this later! Thanks!

  • http://www.lifelab.org John Fisher

    Great Webinar!

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