COVID-19: Teaching more outdoor classes during pandemic, say some educators

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The B.C. Ministry of Education says its back-to-school pandemic working groups have discussed different strategies that promote physical distancing and one of them is to get kids out. students more often.

“This could involve arranging for learning activities outside, including snack time, place-based learning and other unstructured times,” the spokesperson said on Friday. Craig Sorochan ministry.

“Classes such as the gym and activities that involve movement take place outdoors and playgrounds are also a safe environment with proper hand hygiene practices before and after use.”

Teachers were taking lessons away from home in June when the school reopened and the practice was recognized as an option, he added.

Wilson said back to school will be stressful for many students and teachers, and she believes more time outdoors will help alleviate some of that stress.

“It will help with the social distancing aspect because when they’re outside they usually have more space,” she said. “When they have the freedom to be outside, it helps them deal with everything that has happened in the past few months.”

The Alliance for Children and Nature of Canada says more outdoor classroom time should be part of the back-to-school plan during the pandemic. /jpg

Most forestry schools are run independently, but some are in partnership with school boards.

“We really feel for educators right now, and how overwhelmed they must be right now, and it’s our desire to help them feel supported in the fight against the pandemic, that’s really why we have developed Thrive Outside, because it’s a challenge if you’re not used to it. getting kids to learn outdoors, ”Wilson said.

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