In this webinar, presented by the Growing School Gardens community on edWeb.net, Whitney Cohen, Life Lab’s Education Director, used stories, photos, and discussion to share tried-and-true tips for managing large groups of students in an outdoor environment. Topics included: Tone setting, comfort, and routines; Fostering student buy-in; Encouraging productive teamwork and cooperative learning; Establishing group norms; Determining when to be consistent with the indoor rules and when to establish new behavior expectations.
Today’s learners, or Millennials, want to rewrite the rules, and collaborate to solve problems. They see institutions as irrelevant, but they also want structure and boundaries. This presents an interesting challenge for school leaders as we attempt to provide creative learning environments for today’s students and staff.