April PD Day Workshops

April 16, 2016 at Camp Kawartha, Trent Nature Sanctuary

Alphabetical listing of workshops.  Click on title to be taken to its description.

Connecting To Nature Through Traditional Skills
Sherri Owen | Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre | Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Outdoor

Create An Innovator’s Culture With Hopscotch
Diane Boulanger | Junior-Intermediate | Indoor

Discovering Nature In Spring
Drew Monkman | Primary-Junior-Intermediate | Indoor and Outdoor

Hands-on Water Education: An Introduction to the new Project WET 2.0 Activity Guide
Teresa Rigg | Project WET Canada | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

Sherlock Would Approve
Paul Elliot | Trent University | Junior-Intermediate-Senior | Outdoor

The Art of Puppetry In Outdoor Education
Glen Caradus | Paddling Puppeteers | Primary | Indoor

Tree Identification
Anita Payne | General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Inquiry
Pam Miller & Bonnie Anderson | Toronto District School Board | Primary-Junior-Intermediate | Indoor and Outdoor


The Art of Puppetry In Outdoor Education
Glen Caradus | Paddling Puppeteers | Primary | Indoor

Description: Glen of the Paddling Puppeteers will present a short puppet show and then share with participants simple puppetry techniques to use in outdoor education programs. Participants will be shown a few simple designs and make their own puppet.

Presenter Bio: Glen Caradus works at Camp Kawartha, Green Up Ecology Park and the Canadian Canoe Museum doing outdoor/history education. He also works in several northern First Nations communities promoting wellness through outdoor education and the arts.


Connecting To Nature Through Traditional Skills
Sherri Owen | Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre | Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Outdoor

Description: For most of human history people have met their needs through direct interactions with their natural environment. In our modern supply system, people have often lost track of the fact that we are still directly dependent on natural systems to supply our needs. By practicing traditional skills it is hoped that participants will re-envision the relationship with the natural world such that they appreciate its gifts and are motivated to keep it healthy.

Presenter Bio: Sherri is a certified teacher and long time outdoor and environmental educator at the Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre. She has practiced several traditional skills over many years and is well experienced in sharing them with young people.


Create An Innovator’s Culture With Hopscotch
Diane Boulanger | Junior-Intermediate | Indoor

Description: In order to innovate, in order to solve urgent needs like climate change, several tools are necessary. One of them is coding, which allows the development of innovative systems that will provide alternative energy. Coding can be taught as early as the primary grades using Hopscotch on an iPad. This presentation will show several examples where coding can be used to learn about innovative alternative energy solutions.

Presenter Bio: Diane Boulanger is a French Immersion teacher with an interest in the environment and technology.


Sherlock Would Approve
Paul Elliot | Trent University | Junior-Intermediate-Senior | Outdoor

Description: In the Sherlock Holmes story A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock scolds Watson when he says: “You see, but you do not observe.” Helping young people learn to carefully observe, rather than merely see their surroundings, is a useful step towards encouraging inquiry-based learning. Observations lead to questions and questions lead to inquiries. In this session we will explore low-tech and high-tech ways to promote the skills of observation, critical thinking and reflections on the relationship of humans with their environment.

Presenter Bio: Paul is a professor in the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University. He collaborates with Camp Kawartha to run an Eco-mentors program for teacher candidates that has proved so successful that several other universities have adopted the model. He has a long-standing interest in environmental education and is a board member of the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network. Ask him about bats!


Tree Identification
Anita Payne | General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

Description: After a short indoor discussion of resources, we will go outside to identify trees.

Presenter Bio: Anita is a retired high school science teacher, climate activist and field naturalist. She has participated in the Ontario Tree Survey and the Forestry Tour for Teachers at the Canadian Ecology Centre. She has presented tree identification workshops at two previous EcoLinks conferences.


Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Inquiry
Pam Miller & Bonnie Anderson | Toronto District School Board | Primary-Junior-Intermediate | Indoor and Outdoor

Description: Learning through inquiry is an effective instructional strategy and an important skill for students. Using real-world settings for inquiry allows students to construct their own knowledge through experiences – but how can educators design and implement effective inquiry outdoors where it is difficult and sometimes inappropriate to manipulate variables and control conditions? In this session, teachers will be introduced to outdoor inquiry methodologies that reflect the contemporary inquiry processes used by practicing field biologists. By using these methodologies, students can engage in meaningful inquiry that helps them become informed citizen scientists. Whether your students are in Kindergarten or grade 8, these methodologies will help them gain skills necessary to conduct field investigations, such as posing an investigation question, collecting, organizing and analyzing data, and drawing conclusions. With these skills, students will be empowered to find answers to solve problems, understand nature’s systems, and work toward making the world a better place to live.

Presenter Bio: Pam Miller has been a teacher with the TDSB for 24 years. During that time, she has taught in the classroom, worked as a teacher and site supervisor in 3 outdoor education sites and is now the Instructional Leader in the Sustainability Department supporting 450 EcoSchools. She has also worked as an outdoor leader and naturalist educating others about seabirds in Labrador, rivers in Maine and cleaning up illegal dump sites in North Carolina. She continues to be passionate about getting kids and teachers outside, engaged with their natural spaces so that they can see their role in living sustainably.

Bonnie has done many things with OSEE…Just ask around and you’re sure to get a good story.


Hands-on Water Education: An Introduction to the new Project WET 2.0 Activity Guide
Teresa Rigg | Project WET Canada | Primary-Junior-Intermediate-Senior-General Interest / Personal Development | Indoor and Outdoor

Description: Come play and learn with us! Enjoy fun, hands-on cooperative learning activities, while experiencing how the new 592 page instructional resource can help you educate students in or out of the classroom. Find out how the new Project WET 2.0 program supports the Ontario curriculum. Review the new, specially written Canadian supplement online.

Participants will take part in a mini-workshop to experience first-hand how the learning activities in the new Project WET 2.0 program work. Activities will be conducted outside, weather permitting. Participants will have the opportunity to review sample Project WET guides, new on-line curricular links documents between Project WET and science and social studies curricula for different grades, newly developed online Canadian supplementary content, and to visit the International Project WET Portal to see additional resources. Participants will receive free sample student activity booklets as well as information on how to obtain their own personal copy of this “Monday morning ready” Project WET 2.0 Activity Guide through upcoming workshop opportunities.

Presenter Bio: Teresa Rigg, BSc, Post-Dip. Nature Interpretation, is currently working as a facilitator at YMCA Cedar Glen Outdoor Education Centre and as Nature Interpreter at the Urban Ecology Centre, Humber Arboretum. She has 30 years of experience working with learners of all ages, from preschool through postsecondary levels. She has taught at National and Provincial parks, Conservation Areas, in many museums, as well as operating her own business for 15 years, delivering hands-on science and social studies programs in the classroom. She has been involved in the Project WET program in Ontario since 2004.


Discovering Nature In Spring
Drew Monkman | Primary-Junior-Intermediate | Indoor and Outdoor

Description: A short PowerPoint presentation will provide an overview of the sounds and sights of spring in the Kawarthas. This will be followed by a few indoor activities such as a classroom frog chorus. Next, we will head outside for more fun activities and to discover what signs of spring we can find. We will emphasize using the five senses and how to open children’s eyes to the wonder of evolution. Many of the activities will be taken from the Big Book of Nature Activities, which will be available in June, 2016.

Presenter Bio: Drew Monkman is an award-winning environmental advocate, naturalist, writer and retired elementary teacher. He writes a weekly nature column in the Peterborough Examiner and is the author of Nature’s Year: Changing Seasons in Central and Eastern Ontario and co-author of The Big Book of Nature Activities (June, 2016). Visit his website at drewmonkman.com