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The Staff Room Podcast with Chey and Pav Episode 52: How Can We Incorporate Land Based Learning in Our Day?

The Staff Room Podcast with Chey and Pav Episode 52: How Can We Incorporate Land Based Learning in Our Day?


In Episode 52 of The Staffroom Podcast, Chey and Pav talk an article that they read on Flipboard called, “New Study SHows Children Learn Better While Studying Outside,” by Matluba Khan. The article discusses the importance of students spending more time outdoors while engaging in their learning, whether it’s face to face or online.

Chey and Pav talked about how they have, in the past, taken advantage of the school’s outdoor space, and also how they hope to be able to do so when they are back with their students in a few days. Pav talks about what she learned from having Kindergarten and Primary students a few years ago, and how much they learn while outside. Chey discusses the many ways he takes advantage of the outdoors for his physical education program, and how he is looking forward to being able to do this more when school starts, and in other subject areas.

The two discuss the idea of Land Based Learning, which is an environmental approach to learning that recognizes the relationship of Indigenous peoples to the land. They talk about the importance of recognizing that many cultures around the world do not have the traditional and colonial way of learning that we have in our schooling, and therefore, many students inherently don’t do well in our system because of this unnatural way of learning.

Chey and Pav introduce Tara Desiderio, elementary principal from Wescosville Elementary School in the East Penn School District in Pennsylvania, for their 3 Enlightened Minutes segment. Tara talks about the importance of connecting with people and listening to what your team needs.

After the 3 Enlightened Minutes segment, Chey and Pav wrap up by a few examples of ways they have incorporated learning in the outdoors, and some of the tools and items that would help them maximize their time outdoors with their students.


Remember to Inspire, Don’t Require, always be a Humble Servant, and Education Never Dies.

You can Check out our 3 Enlightened Minutes Guest, Tara Desiderio at @Tara_Desiderio

Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education. Come join Chey and Pav; partake in the Staff Room chatter that all teachers and educators can connect with.

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