Workshops

2018 Workshops

COEO Make Peace With Winter

Inquiring Minds

Nippising District – You missed us in January but can catch us in April!

Play Empowers

Risking it All

Fredrick, MD – April 6-8 – You missed us at the beginning of April but catch us in a few weeks!

SCDSB Outdoor Learning Conference – Singing in the Rain

Special Spaces, Special Places, working with Children with Special Needs Outdoors

Barrie, Ontario April 28

Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium 

Taking the Risk

Brampton, Ontario April 29

Full Time Families Rally and Conference

Topic to be announced

Mattawa, Ontario September 6-9

COEO Fall Conference

Topic to be announced

YMCA Camp PineCrest, Ontario September 21-23

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Barbara has 20 years experience in developing and training professionals and parents on child directed programming and techniques both through one on one consultation and small group workshops all over North America. Barbara Sheridan founded and is in her seventh year of being lead teacher at Barrie Forest Kindergarten and Nature School, she is the host of Campfire Chats, a podcast produced by Early Learning Explorations, and a vlogger and resident writer for Play Empowers, Playvolution HQ and 30 Seconds.com. She has received her Forest Kindergarten Teacher training, a Child and Youth Work diploma, a Degree in Psychology and is  currently pursuing a Masters in Education focusing on innovation, creativity and sustainability. She is passionate about passing on her knowledge and experience to you.

Read an interview with Barbara HERE

Watch as she explains her views on “bad behaviour” HERE

Hear a 20 Questions Podcast for everything you wanted to know about Barbara HERE

We offer workshops with educators on how to include play and inquiry based learning in your classroom. We also provide workshops that include elements involved with innovative learning with your students (risk, self regulation etc). Workshops are customizable to your audience so we can tweak current workshops to suit your group or we can work on a new workshop topic you think would be of interest to your group.

Let Them Play 4 Part Series

Ontario has come out with a new innovative program for students in the kindergarten program that encourages play, inquiry based learning and innovative learning practices. This series benefits not only teachers in the Ontario school boards that teach kindergarten but also pre school and primary teachers in Ontario and outside Ontario who want to follow teaching practices that include more facilitation, play, inquiry and innovative learning.

Workshop Series (90 minutes each or 1 full day for all 4)

1. Problem Solving and Innovation in a Primary Classroom

2. Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics in an Innovative Primary Classroom

3. Who’s in Control? Self Regulation and Well Being in a Primary Classroom

4. Community classrooms. How to facilitate student belonging and contributing to the classroom. 


Single Workshops (90-120 minutes)

Inquiring Minds – Inquiry based Learning

Risking it All (Risk Play / Adventure Play in the Primary Years)

Child in PlayThories of Play and how to document it

Loose Parts – Let them Loose!

Special Kids, Special Needs, in the Woods


Special Tours and Q&A

Forest Kindergarten School Tour with Q&A – focus on Pedagogy

Forest Kindergarten School Tour with Q&A – focus on building relationships with local Native Communities and Traditional Nations

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