Day 9 International Conference - Exploring Nature and it's Learning Potential
Today was the first day of the two day conference arranged by Mindstretchers in Scotland for our group. We arrived at The Famous Grouse Experience and were faced by a giant grouse covered in kisses! Claire Warden and her team were waiting for us and we were greeted enthusiastically - most of the ladies were immediately impressed by Claire's tartan outfit and shiny boots...and even went as far as trying on her boots!
Tim Gill was the first keynote speaker with a speech of the same title as his popular book: "No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society". He took us back to our childhoods to reflect on the childhood memories we had and as we all took many risks as part of our best memories this set the scene for his presentation on allowing children to take risks. Kate and Steven facilitated a short session on benefit risk assessing and we were given the opportunity to put this in practice outside.
After lunch Claire presented her keynote on "Documentation in Nature Education" - this was a special request and Claire kindly changed her original keynote title to accommodate us ...always flexible! The importance of consultation was emphasised, she shared her Talking and Thinking Floorbook methodology and replied to the many questions as many delegates wanted more information on documenting children's learning.
Ron and Wendy presented gifts to the presenters on behalf of AISWA before we made our way back to the hotel. Some walked back on the track over the hill while others took the opportunity to go shopping!! I did bump into Anders Farstad, speaker on the second day, and his lovely wife, Kirstje, who had just got back from a shopping trip (his bag didn't rattle but 'clanked' .... I know he likes his beer.......)