This reflective essay was written by one of our Queensland, June 2017 students, Katrina McKay. The task was to write a reflective essay which summaries personal development and learning during Forest School Training and identify how this has informed future planning. FSLI Director, Chris Dee described the essay as "lovely", and referring to Katrina, she also commented "I love her journey".
Nicki Farrell was one of our June 2017 students in Australia, she is a Director at Wildlings Forest School and this is her final reflection on the Level 3 Forest School Leader Training (hosted by Nature Play QLD in partnership with FSLI). Nikki set out to "try and attack it from a different perspective" and FSLI Director, Chris Dee has described it as "an amazing essay". We hope you enjoy it...
This case study was given to FSLI Director, Chris Dee earlier this week and provides three great examples of how a child can progress through Forest School...
Over the first few sessions, this child behaved much like they did in the classroom. They chose an activity to complete and wanted very much to complete these activities alone. They would never speak up in sessions and would use her friend to ask questions on her behalf.
Samantha Clement writes about her Forest School journey...
The role of the Forest School leader to promote learning and development is to enable the learners to be able to fully access the outdoor learning by supporting and facilitating their learning. That’s the official line but I’m going to explain my journey as a more personal one.
Forest School has helped to broaden my own knowledge which has led to a deeper understanding of the importance of issues such as sustainability and preservation; also the need to manage and involve learners in the management of the site and the importance of creating an action plan to see that this is implemented and carried out. This has affected not only how I work during Forest School but it has also helped me to reflect and create action plans for the whole learning evironment both inside and outside.
When I was asked to go on the foest school leader training my first thought was to run for the hills - I really didn't want to do it but ended up on the course regardless!!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your staff for a brilliant Forest School course. I really enjoyed both the skills days and the initial 5 day course.
Forest School training had been on my radar and wish list for professional development for a while. The draw to Forest School has its roots in my own passion for the environment and learning outdoors with children. So when I found out about training locally, I took the opportunity with both hands. I had just accepted a job as a TA in a Reception class after having worked as a childminder and in a nursery. I had high expectations of the course, hoping it would give me the teaching tools to offer children in the Reception classes more and opportunities for outdoor play and learning.
What a fantastic course. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and the facilities that were offered were good. Chris was an outstanding teacher, very friendly and approachable.
Thank you so much Chris. I have thoroughly enjoyed the training you provided and want to extend a huge thank you to you and your team.