Join Geoffrey Bishop as he helps energize and revitalize the teachers need to reconnect their children to nature, to re-embrace the natural world and to discover the importance of that conenction. The second aspect of the workshop will highlight different activities and curriculum ideas teachers can use to reengage their children and connect them to the natural world. We will look at Art and Nature, silence and listening conenctions, literature and writing exercises that bring nature to the forefront and engage students in an environmental way. We will look at play and the benefits that the natural world with its loose part, excited children to play in a focused and creative manner.
Our Presenter's Bio:
Geoffrey Bishop hails from the bush in North West NSW, Australia. After his childhood spent on the sheep station he went to an agricultural boarding school for five years then to University in both Sydney and Melbourne where he studied Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. For the next ten year he traveled the world, visiting over 80 countries, where he spent most of his time trekking in rural areas, learning cultures and understanding his place in the world.
In 1996 Geoffrey started Nature's Classroom Institute of WI, Inc. NCI is a residential environmental education program serving schools through the Midwest. The NAture's Classroom Institute program will help students understand the natural environment, participate in ecosystem exploration and study, and work together with their peers and teachers as a community. The program includes activities such as confidence-building, group challenges, historical simulations, scientific explorations, and many more hands-on academic lessons.
After developing a strong academic and environmental outdoor based curricul, he formed Nature's Classroom Montessori School that odels the core philosophy of Montessori with a marriage to his environmental principles. Nature's Classroom is on 400 acres in a small rural community of Mukwonago, WI. Geoffrey's focus over the past years has been on organics and sustainabiity in schools and promoting getting children back outddoors and helping adults understand the importance of instinctive play in the nature world.