‘‘Let nature be your teacher.’’
- William Wordsworth

About

Welcome! I’m Calum, and this is my blog, Fresh Air Teacher.

I have had the privilege of working as a primary education teacher for a number of years in different countries and contexts. After completing an MSc in Outdoor Education in 2021, I was given the fantastic opportunity to work as an Outdoor Learning Specialist within an urban international school organisation in the Netherlands.

Fresh Air Teacher documents my journey of discovery with outdoor learning in primary education. I want to help primary educators to develop their own outdoor learning practices by sharing my reflections and experiences and offering different tried and tested ideas linked with curriculum, sustainability education, life skills and classroom learning.

I think it’s important to create greater opportunities for primary school children to learn and discover in outdoor environments, be creative, and develop their love for the natural world, and I hope I can help do that here.

Training

Get Ready for the start of the new school year! 30-Minute Online Outdoor Learning Consultation

Is your school looking for engaging and effective ways to incorporate outdoor learning into the new school year?

I’m offering a limited number of 30-minute online consultations in August and September to brainstorm creative outdoor learning ideas with you.

Together, we can discuss:

  • Activities to suit different age groups and learning styles
  • Strategies for overcoming logistical challenges
  • Resources to make outdoor learning a success

Click here to schedule your consultation today! 

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The Outdoors is a School and Nature is it's Teacher: Forging Resilience, Developing Teamwork Skills and Discovering in the Himalayas ⛰️Ever dreamt of pushing your limits and discovering a hidden strength within? In 2017, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery on the Three Peaks Challenge expedition in Nepal 🇳🇵.Stepping into the heart of the Himalayas was a humbling experience. But the true growth came not just from the breathtaking scenery – it was the incredible teamwork that made all the difference.Here, under the Himalayan sky, we bonded closer as friends, united by a common goal – to conquer the peaks. We faced challenges together, each obstacle strengthening our resolve and pushing us further. Witnessing the collective resilience of our team in the face of such a mighty landscape was truly inspiring.🌱The mountains have a unique way of forging resilience. Removed from our comfort zones, we're forced to adapt and discover a resourcefulness we never knew we possessed. Shared experiences and the thrill of overcoming physical and mental hurdles create an unparalleled sense of camaraderie.🌱This journey wasn't just about reaching the summit; it was about self-discovery. As someone who once grappled with self-doubt, this experience was transformative. I discovered a wellspring of resilience and a strength I never knew I had. It was a turning point, igniting a passion for fostering resilience and teamwork in my students.While I can't recreate the Himalayas in my school, I can offer my students the chance to learn and grow in new environments. This is especially valuable for those who might struggle with traditional learning methods. The outdoor classroom provides a powerful setting to develop teamwork, self-discovery, and a connection to the natural world – all essential ingredients for building lifelong resilience.#outdoorlearning #experientiallearning #ThreePeaksChallenge #Nepal #education #resilience #teamwork #discovery

The Outdoors is a School and Nature is it`s Teacher: Forging Resilience, Developing Teamwork Skills and Discovering in the Himalayas ⛰️

Ever dreamt of pushing your limits and discovering a hidden strength within? In 2017, I embarked on a journey of self-discovery on the Three Peaks Challenge expedition in Nepal 🇳🇵.

Stepping into the heart of the Himalayas was a humbling experience. But the true growth came not just from the breathtaking scenery – it was the incredible teamwork that made all the difference.

Here, under the Himalayan sky, we bonded closer as friends, united by a common goal – to conquer the peaks. We faced challenges together, each obstacle strengthening our resolve and pushing us further. Witnessing the collective resilience of our team in the face of such a mighty landscape was truly inspiring.

🌱The mountains have a unique way of forging resilience. Removed from our comfort zones, we`re forced to adapt and discover a resourcefulness we never knew we possessed. Shared experiences and the thrill of overcoming physical and mental hurdles create an unparalleled sense of camaraderie.

🌱This journey wasn`t just about reaching the summit; it was about self-discovery. As someone who once grappled with self-doubt, this experience was transformative. I discovered a wellspring of resilience and a strength I never knew I had. It was a turning point, igniting a passion for fostering resilience and teamwork in my students.

While I can`t recreate the Himalayas in my school, I can offer my students the chance to learn and grow in new environments. This is especially valuable for those who might struggle with traditional learning methods. The outdoor classroom provides a powerful setting to develop teamwork, self-discovery, and a connection to the natural world – all essential ingredients for building lifelong resilience.

#outdoorlearning #experientiallearning #ThreePeaksChallenge #Nepal #education #resilience #teamwork #discovery

I am currently completing a portfolio of work to gain my Forest School Leader 3 qualification 🌳👩‍🏫. Recently, I was lucky enough to participate in Forest School Practical Training with #theoutdoorsgroup, which has a forest schools training centre based in Exmouth.The week-long course was a wonderful experience. I learned the practical skills needed to become a Forest School leader and the knowledge needed to deliver a Forest Schools programme. If you can do this qualification, I would highly recommend this company. The instructors were excellent and the support I have received as I work on my portfolio has been fantastic.To gain a Forest School leader qualification🎓, you are required to complete practical training and submit a portfolio📝 that includes evidence of practical skills, knowledge of theory and evidence of delivering forest school sessions.Forest schools have become an important part of the Outdoor Learning🍃 provision for primary schools in the UK. I believe they’ll become more important in international school settings🌍in the future, as many international schools are now setting up forest schools in their backyards.Please vist www.freshairteacher to read my blog  on forest schools, including their founding ethos, benefits and future areas of development.#forestschool #outdoorlearning #outdooreducation

I am currently completing a portfolio of work to gain my Forest School Leader 3 qualification 🌳👩‍🏫. Recently, I was lucky enough to participate in Forest School Practical Training with #theoutdoorsgroup, which has a forest schools training centre based in Exmouth.

The week-long course was a wonderful experience. I learned the practical skills needed to become a Forest School leader and the knowledge needed to deliver a Forest Schools programme. If you can do this qualification, I would highly recommend this company. The instructors were excellent and the support I have received as I work on my portfolio has been fantastic.

To gain a Forest School leader qualification🎓, you are required to complete practical training and submit a portfolio📝 that includes evidence of practical skills, knowledge of theory and evidence of delivering forest school sessions.

Forest schools have become an important part of the Outdoor Learning🍃 provision for primary schools in the UK. I believe they’ll become more important in international school settings🌍in the future, as many international schools are now setting up forest schools in their backyards.

Please vist www.freshairteacher to read my blog on forest schools, including their founding ethos, benefits and future areas of development.

#forestschool #outdoorlearning #outdooreducation

Fun & Engaging ways to manage Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids 🍃Looking for ways to take your lessons outdoors and create a memorable learning experience for your kids? Here are some tips!1. Set expectations together!Involve your students in creating a set of rules for outdoor learning. This could be done through role-playing scenarios using cards or coming up with a catchy class chant.2. Grab their attention in a fun way! ️Use a duck whistle or a wolf howl to get your students' attention quickly and transition between activities.3. Create clear boundaries.Use hazard tape and cones to designate safe learning areas outdoors. This will help students understand where they can explore and where they should stay clear.#outdoorlearning #teachingtips #teachersofinstagram #kindergarten #elementaryteacher #engagedlearning #playbasedlearning #createaclassexperience #learningthroughplay

Fun & Engaging ways to manage Outdoor Learning Activities for Kids 🍃

Looking for ways to take your lessons outdoors and create a memorable learning experience for your kids? Here are some tips!

1. Set expectations together!

Involve your students in creating a set of rules for outdoor learning. This could be done through role-playing scenarios using cards or coming up with a catchy class chant.

2. Grab their attention in a fun way! ️

Use a duck whistle or a wolf howl to get your students` attention quickly and transition between activities.

3. Create clear boundaries.

Use hazard tape and cones to designate safe learning areas outdoors. This will help students understand where they can explore and where they should stay clear.

#outdoorlearning #teachingtips #teachersofinstagram #kindergarten #elementaryteacher #engagedlearning #playbasedlearning #createaclassexperience #learningthroughplay

When getting to the end of term, sometimes less is definetly more. Get the chalk out. Have some fun. #earlyyearsfun  #outdoorlearning #teachertips #earlyyearslearning

When getting to the end of term, sometimes less is definetly more. Get the chalk out. Have some fun. #earlyyearsfun #outdoorlearning #teachertips #earlyyearslearning

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