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Topic: Cedarsong Conversations

This is a recurring meeting.

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All of the calls will follow the same 60 minute format:

1. Check-in and tech issues/norms: 

* Participants are welcome to join late or leave early as needed to fit their schedule. We welcome all efforts to connect with community.

* We may experience internet connectivity issues. If so, please just hang in there, internet usually resolves itself. Should the call get disconnected, stay on the line and the host will simply call back in.

* People have different capacities with Zoom as well as varying internet capability. We will practice patience and radical inclusivity with all participants.

* Please limit use of “chat” function. This function tends to distract the facilitator, and we want to hear from everyone – if you want to share, please share with the group!

* Please raise hand to speak. We will use the “move forward, move back” paradigm. This means if you’re someone who tends to not speak a lot, please move up into a role of speaking more. If you tend to speak a lot, please move up into a role of listening more.

* If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please type your name and email into chat directed to Cedarsong Way.

* These conversations are meant to be collective “hive mind” offerings to build community connections. They are not classes or lessons. Please speak from your own direct experience and wear your hat of community member rather than teacher. 

* Please be aware of the number of people on the call and the 60 minutes we have scheduled and gauge your responses and input accordingly.

 

2. Brief introductions simply to include your name, where you are calling from – please let us know the indigenous land you are on. If you don’t yet know it, that’s no problem, now is a great time for you to look into for next time! –  the pronouns you use, (let’s not use the term “preferred”) and this simple prompt question to be answered in 1 – 3 words: “What aspect of the natural world is most present for you today – perhaps a bush in front of your house, a tea you are drinking, a new bird at your feeder….”

3. Conversation host frames conversation

4. Community responds – Think of the conversation like a “picnic” in the grass; it’s a flowing conversation with the intention to connect and build community around common interest. 

5. Closing

We are thrilled to offer this series of 60 minute community conversations based on The Cedarsong Way. They are free and open to anyone who would like to join in.

These conversations will be every Tuesday afternoon/evening at 4:30 pm Pacific Time, 6:30 pm Central Time, 7:30 Eastern time.

If you are unsure of your time zone, check the conversion here. You can use 6:30 pm Puerto Vallarta time for the conversion from your own city.

Below is a list of all scheduled topics.

Mar. 23 Mary Clair Sonneman Creating routines with song and mindfulness 
Mar. 30 Laura Whittaker Approaches to classroom management and discipline in the forest school setting.
Apr. 6 Emily Bryce Social and Emotional Development, Self-Regulation
Apr. 13 Rhonda Pollock -Nature Notes /  emergent curriculum
Apr. 20 Nicole Corbo  Inquiry-based teaching: how it supports whole child development 
April 27 Stacey Gummey Teachers role in play, facilitating problem solving,
May 4 Nicole Corbo Being and encouraging lifelong learners 
May 11 Emily Bryce play-based, and child-led activities for children to develop fine and gross motor skills 
May 18 Barbara Sheridan Leaving Space for local Indigenous teachings

 


Other possible up-coming topics:
 

 

Privilege of Forest School, especially two of the foundation principles; student to teacher ratio and the permanent location. 

 

TCW pedagogy as a way of thinking about teaching and learning rather than a dogmatic set of rules

 

Place based education

 

Getting the kids into play (morning drop off routine etc)

 

Talking to parents, community member and donors about the benefits of this type of education/ movement

 

Social and Emotional Development, Self-Regulation

 

Literacy and math in the outdoors

 

The Future of Outdoor Education

 

Racism, sexism, and income inequality

 

More on inclusive language, compassion scaffolding and challenging behaviors.

 

The business of a Forest Kindergarten: liability, location choices

 

Routines during the day (drop offs, beginning circles,etc)

 

Parent/nature program contracts

 

Building forts and hideouts, water play, fire play, using tools, risky play

 

Cultural appropriation and racial inclusion/decolonization

 

Art and Nature

 

Nature Journaling, or specific curriculum practices that we can implement in our program

 

Teachers role in play, facilitating problem solving

 

Engaging parents

 

Approaches to classroom management and discipline in the forest school setting.

 

Defining what a Forest school is

 

Respect for and knowledge of indigenous people of the area we are teaching

 

Different learning approaches and play that is seen in nature and how nature play is different than indoor

 

Getting my feelings hurt or accepting the other child has the right to express their feelings

 

Activities for children to develop core body strength, mindfulness in nature

 

Whiteness and the outdoors 

 

Gender spectrum repeat

 

Wild Edibles 

 

Medicine in Nature 

 

Therapeutic Benefits of Nature Immersion 

 

Hideouts and Wild Building  

 

Full Weather Immersion 

 

Ways to Integrate water in play  

 

Value/power of play

 

Learning in play

 

Place based education

 

Unstructured free time in nature – what it means, how to foster

 

Getting the kids into play (morning drop off routine etc)

 

Natural teachers