1. Leadership, learning and teaching practice
Has using the John Muir Award had an effect on you - in terms of your own work - leadership/mentoring/learning/teaching practice?
The most commonly referenced outcomes were:
- The John Muir Award provides opportunities for taking learning outdoors and for many an increased awareness and appreciation of the value of connecting with nature.
Providers referenced the “power of nature and green spaces as a learning environment” and the importance of providing “those less fortunate than ourselves the opportunity to discover these places for themselves”.
- Use of the Award gives a focus and structure for learning and teaching. It was seen as a valued tool to link activities together and validate activity.
- An increase in confidence in their leadership and teaching and specifically mentioned how it had given them an opportunity to try a different ‘learning’ approach and develop new skills.
For some, implementing the John Muir Award had helped them gain knowledge in new areas such as sustainable development education. They described delivering the Award as a “rich learning experience” and “an invaluable professional experience” giving them greater job satisfaction. Another mentioned that they felt “more valued in my role and my motivation to work with young people has increased”.
- A positive impact on relationships with pupils, peers, staff, parents, senior management and wider community partners.
“It has given me new approaches to teaching which I can (and have) used in other areas. It has allowed me to develop my teaching skills and use the outdoors as a teaching environment.” Primary School Teacher
Next page: 2. wider school and community outcomes.
It has ingrained an appreciation of the value of connecting with nature and working outdoors. It has changed my teaching practice.Art Tutor