If there are hidden curriculum in forest schools, which are carefully and conscienstiously designed, what are the hidden pockets in modern public school teaching our children?
A guest post from Abbey Cressman, a Teacher Candidate who spent time at Ottawa Forest and Nature School earlier this year:
In the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, the “hidden curriculum” is something we strive for and prepare to teach: the “soft” but invaluable social and interpersonal skills that students develop in (and outside of) school. These pockets of wisdom are often hiding in the moments we cannot write into our lesson plans as teachers; we may organize a game of dodge ball for gym class, but the social dynamics and problem solving skills that emerge are spontaneous and context-specific — this is where the learning happens. Forest School, I am quickly discovering, is a pedagogical environment that directly engages with the “hidden” curriculum, and in its focus on play and inquiry, boasts an incredibly interdisciplinary program.
More at Children and Nature Alliance of Canada…