Creative Ideas into ACTION
” Stop drifting and start rowing.” Roz Savage
This past weekend I attended a conference and was not only reminded, but inspired that living delibertly is a choice. With so many ideas scribbled on paper, I found myself applying this concept to our STEAM Outdoors e-course. It is easy to get lost and not always know where to begin with so many creative ideas floating around. I find it is easier to make the to do lists and more difficult at times to take action. At the conference I was introduced to Roz Savage. She was the first woman to have rowed solo across 3 oceans, the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She inspired me to take action in creating my own Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab. Learn more about Roz Savage TED Talk here.
In my quest to create an Outdoor Classrooms Learning Lab, I have found myself wrestling with creative ideas and how to put them all into action. I am slowly learning that I need create a practice, much like a farmer, and nurture these ideas daily until they come into fruition. Here are a few tips that might help with putting our STEAM Outdoors curriculum into action.
STEP 1: Write out your GOALS & VISIONS: Writing down your vision for your Outdoor Classroom is a very powerful experience. The more detail the better. Sharing your goals and visions with your STEAM Outdoors peers is the first step. Saying it outloud, writing it down and playing with the images in your mind is next. Brainstorming is beautiful! Here are a few samples from Natural Teachers from STEAM Outdoors class.
” To inspire children to love the natural world. To inspire teachers to feel comfortable in using a green house.” Shelly
” To fully incorporate all areas of learning using natural items.” Peggy
“Looking forward to expanding our learning environment with toddlers and preschoolers.” Jeanne
STEP 2: Create weekly tasks for PROJECTS & LESSONS: Break down your vision and come up with weekly projects for your Outdoor Classroom. Create a task list for each project. Projects can be as simple as adding a new blank book to your Little Free Library or painting letters and words on rocks for your Word garden. Find inspiration from the STEAM Outdoors Video’s in each Module. Brainstorm, play, adapt ideas and make them your own. I have a running list going.
- Create a new compost bin using wire
- Try out a Spiral Herb Garden with stones
- Add a new sign in book to the Little Free Library
- Create a Word Garden next to the Little Free Library
STEP 3: Take ACTION: Keep it simple. Take cues from the children. Play. Choose a project, Make a To Do list and GO! The key is to do a little each day.
STEP 4: Create a PRACTICE: Children’s Garden grow because they have been nurtured, fed and loved. Do the same. Come up with a practice that you can share with your children. Think like a farmer.
Share your to do list here. Share your action steps here. Be bold and take a picture and post your project! Make this Teaching in the Dirt: STEAM Outdoors e-course experience deliberate!