Adventure in the Classroom (Online Version)

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Highly engaged adventure programming allows students to experience learning without requiring an open field, hiking trail, or a gymnasium. This research supported modality of teaching has many benefits along with applications within the classroom to foster community, accelerate learning outcomes, and teach social and emotional competencies. Our online Adventure in the Classroom (AITC) workshop will bring adventure learning to any classroom setting while also supporting a positive school climate.

AITC aligns with the International Baccalaureate (IB). The fit is especially strong with the middle years program (MYP) where their Approaches to Learning stress social emotional development. PA’s adventure facilitation techniques and activities help students to become more deeply engaged and connected with peers all while integrating content. Workshop participants electing an IB thread will be directed to IB aligned breakout groups, reading supplements and follow-up consultation.

Participants will:

  • Experience a variety of adventure-based lessons and activities that reinforce content and enhance learning.
  • Explore how the AITC model advances cognitive as well as social and emotional skills.
  • Learn the Experiential Learning Cycle to promote reflective practices, self and social awareness, and deepen learning to support the learning needs of individual learners and the group.
  • Review strategies for adapting existing lessons to the AITC model.
  • Develop a plan for applying the model and methods to participants’ school settings. Explore group facilitation skills to help establish a highly effective community.
  • Reflect on the impact of adventure and experiential learning while experiencing engagement, challenge, and fun.

Methodology:

  • Adventure activities will be translated into a virtual setting through synchronous video conferencing. Other activities will be shared in writing or pre-recorded video, and participants may be asked to practice facilitating activities with students, family, or friends (in person or virtually) as part of their asynchronous work.
  • Presentations/discussions will be aided by slides, virtual whiteboards, and other tools; reading/practice and reflection will also introduce participants to SEL theory and research. Adventure-based instruction will be modeled for participants, and they will reflect on their cognitive, social, and emotional learning experience.
  • Participants will explore the Experiential Learning Cycle through example activities that can be used in the classroom, connect to the school-day curriculum, and reflect on how classroom learning and social development occur in tandem.
  • Asynchronous self-guided learning will include applying the adventure model to participants’ lesson plans and/or instructional strategies.
  • Group development and experiential learning will be modeled throughout this workshop via small group work in breakout rooms, teambuilding activities, and asynchronous reading, practice, and reflection.

Workshop Information:

  • Cost = $390
  • This online workshop will meet online 7/15-7/17 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM (with short breaks)
  • An additional 4 hours of asynchronous work off-line
  • Graduate credit: 2 or 4
  • CEUs: 1.6
  • Please register more than two weeks in advance to ensure the workshop will have enough participants to run as scheduled.
  • Workshop registration cancellation policies: Cancellations less than two weeks prior to a workshop start date will result in a 50% refund of tuition cost. No shows without cancellation notice will forfeit all tuition cost paid.

How to Register

  • Online:
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  • Phone:  (800) 468-8898 or (978) 524-4555
  • Email:  registration@pa.org
  • Fax:  Download a workshop registration form and fax it to 978-524-4501. NOTE: You must have Acrobat Reader to access this file. If you do not, you can download it for free from Adobe’s website.
  • Are you waiting for approval to attend or can’t commit with a payment at this time? No worries, we still want to hear from you! Call or email us and we can put you on the waiting list.
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