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Mia Mia

The outdoor teacher project

Date and time Saturday, 7 March 2015 9am - 3pm
Saturday, 21 March 2015 9am - 3pm
Venue Mia Mia, Building X5B, Macquarie University, North Ryde 2109
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Cost $250
RSVP administration.miamia@mq.edu.au by 4 March 2015

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The outdoor teacher project: Two day workshop at Mia Mia

GumnutExploring the possibility and potential of a teacher dedicated to lead the outdoor programme was initiated at Mia Mia in 1999. In the ensuing 15 years the role of the outdoor teacher has evolved, as has the curriculum and pedagogy. Both the teaching role and the space are now rich arenas for thinking and learning. The status of playgrounds within early childhood education in Australia during those 15 years has fortunately also enjoyed a renaissance. Once a nationally neglected space it is now rightfully front and centre for innovative thinking about early childhood pedagogy across the country as evidenced in the Early Years Learning Framework.

This two-day workshop will look at our philosophy, which drives our outdoor curriculum: that of the thinking child as present in the outdoors as well as the indoor. Placing this thinking child as the forefront of the curriculum is a choice for advocacy and pedagogy. 

These two days will give participants an opportunity to consider the role of an outdoor teacher, the environment, materials, and children's thinking. During the two-week gap, participants will be engaged in a manageable action research project in their own centre.

Morning tea and light lunch will be provided, RSVP your dietary requirements by 4 March 2015