All this chatter this morning about #OutdoorLearning in #onted is good. But it once again highlights the lack of understanding that the general population has about how a school works.
🧵time (because this is a good way of procastinating)
1/n
Q: What's so hard about taking your class outside?

A: Nothing if you are talking about a single lesson. But the conversation is about moving a majority of learning outside, rain or shine.

So what's the big deal?
1/n
Yards. Some yards are huge fields with shade trees. Most are concrete playgrounds with a patch of grass (if lucky).

You can't have kids out in the sun for 6 hours straight.
3/n
Q: What about tents?
A: Sure. 1 tent/class, so would need fit about 30...distanced. That's a large tent. In a small school? 8-12 tents. Can you rent that many? Can a small school spend $5000 on tents?
4/n
Q: They can learn under the trees!
A: My kids school has an awesome yard. Entire school could be out there at once. Probably 3 shaded spots for classes. So 3/20 classes can be in a shaded spot.

If learning is going to be mostly outdoors, tents need to be procured.
5/n
Q: You don't need wifi outdoors. Just do things with paper and pencil.

A: OK cool. Do you still want the kids to be learning? Yes? OK, will then we need supplies, because a vast majority of learning resources these days are electronic.
6/n
We are obviously not going to buy textbooks. So, that means a vast amount of photocopying...and stationary supplies...you do know that schools don't have a vast stationary closet like they did 30 years ago right?
7/n
Other options? Whiteboards and markers? Teaching whiteboards? notebooks? 💰💰💰 that schools don't have.
8/n
Q: OK, What if we don't care about the curriculum? Just have fun!!!

A: Fine. You get all of the Directors of Education, Trustees, and Ministry on Board with that. Good F-ing luck.
9/n
Q: Get *creative* teachers! Field Trips! Go to the local park, the forest!

A: Once again, sounds great. A field trip these days (non-high risk) involves a massive amount of paper work. You can't just go off property willy-nilly.
10/n
Get the Board's lawyers and insurance folks to sign off on letting teachers do things without the paperwork...once again, good luck.
11/n
Do you care about equity and accessibility? What about students who have mobility challenges? What about students who need connected devices to learn?

An outdoor learning plan needs to work for EVERYONE. Not just those who can run around in the forest and write on paper 12/n
I know I'm leaving a million other things out that any Teacher in an elementary school would know.

But this is a complex system.
13/n
Everyone of the obstacles above can be overcome.

With planning.
And time.
And money.

Teachers can do this. But not without resources. And schools in #onted do not have these resources in a system stretched to the limit. 14/14

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