Making The Shift is a monthly newsletter to share stories, resources, and ideas around environmental education through inquiry-based learning. Let's collaborate!
  
Welcome Back! 
 
We hope you have all had a wonderful summer full of rest, fun, and your own adventures outdoors. It's amazing to think that September has come and gone, much like the leaves on the trees this fall season. As the air gets crisp and cool, and the environment continues it's yearly changes, it's the perfect time to explore your local neighbourhood! We look forward to joining with you this year as we celebrate and dive deeper into Environmental Inquiry in classrooms across the country.

Fraser Mustard - One Year Later  

Natural Curiosity is thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, Canada's largest Kindergarten school. Classroom and specialty teachers are working together to take full advantage of the school's new outdoor space, ensuring students spend more and more time in the outdoors. Follow us on Instagram for updates on Fraser Mustard throughout the year!

 


Summer Institutes of Professional Learning
 
This summer Natural Curiosity partnered with Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) to facilitate inquiry-based institutes of professional learning. We learned alongside educators and enthusiasts from all over the world, eager to deepen their understanding and practice of inquiry-based teaching and learning. More workshops will be implemented throughout the school year - keep connected with us to receive upcoming dates and locations!

“I attended the 2014 Natural Curiosity/LSF Summer Institute in Toronto. It was amazing to meet educators from around Ontario (and the world!) The facilitators were passionate and dedicated to making sure we experienced inquiry in action over the days of the conference and beyond! I left the Summer Institute energized and deeply committed to working to effect change…”
 
“I loved how you walked the talk...I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the process because I was directly experiencing it in the institute.”

“Having an opportunity to see examples of how inquiry learning engages students...has provided me with the starting knowledge I need to begin implementing inquiry-based project learning in my secondary Environmental Science classroom.”
 

In the Sudbury area?
Our first workshop of the 2014-2015 school is open for registration!
 

All Hands
in the Dirt Forum

Evergreen Brickworks

This two-day annual professional’s forum explores new ideas and innovations in children’s outdoor learning spaces, drawing participants into a conversation with international and national leaders in the fields of school ground design and programming.

For more information and to register 
visit Evergreen Events.

Elizabeth Morley,
Principal of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School:

on the value of homework
"The expert in the group is the group itself." - Stan Kozak, LSF

Summer Institute 2014, Toronto French School.
Natural Curiosity: Building Children's Understanding of the World Through Environmental Inquiry
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