Outdoor Education. Chapter 4/5.
Several things struck me from today’s class. One of which was how bringing P.E. outdoors can add a level of relevance to class activities. In alternative contexts, actions such as running, jumping, and climbing are given a whole new meaning. Climbing on a creative wooden play structure outside, for example, has a totally different significance in comparison to climbing on gym equipment inside a school. I felt a sense of freedom today, that tends to come with playing outdoors. For me this feeling connected with some of the objectives of physical education that we have been reading about, such as instilling a passion for movement into our students, and teaching P.E. through play. Running in the forest during a game of predator had so much more significance than running in a gymnasium playing the same game. We see animals around us outside. We can invest more into the game, and get more inspiration from the environment when playing this game outside.
The second thing that struck me was how valuable our classmates are as P.E. resources. Everyone has different areas of expertise that we can gain so much from. Lisa shared with us some of her exceptional knowledge and experience regarding outdoor education today, and I learned so much from her. In particular, she brought up many important points when addressing the question, “How do I plan for alternative environment activities”. I found her description of unacceptable and acceptable hazards useful, and the discussion that surrounded those. This week’s activities were very inspiring, and I look forward to implementing some of the ideas shared in the classroom!