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Dirty Teaching: A Beginner's Guide to Learning Outdoors Paperback – 19 Jun 2014

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Thinking Press an imprint of Crown House Publishing; Reprint edition (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781351074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781351079
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 18.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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Once again the sound common sense that we have grown to expect from Juliet Robertson. Dirty Teaching recognises that the most effective way to embed teaching and learning in the outdoors is not to create huge quantities of resources but to plant seeds so that teachers can grow their own ideas. The book reflects the current research which suggests that the real barriers to teaching outside are not weather, wind and wellies but confidence and competence. Easy to dip into for inspiration but also compelling to read as a narrative that engages and informs in equal measure. The book starts from the premise that teachers can teach, and want to do so to the very best of their ability for the benefit of their pupils. Underpinned by a relational philosophy but rooted in practical demonstration and experimentation, Juliet takes us on a journey from understanding why the outdoors is so important to introducing and mainstreaming being outside into every day teaching practice without losing any sense of awe and wonder. --Juno Hollyhock, Executive Director, Learning through Landscapes

Dirty Teaching provides so much more than practical outdoor learning ideas that can work in and beyond school grounds; it draws on Juliet s extensive UK and international experiences to encourage refection, evaluation and an informed and thoughtful approach to evolving one s practice. Juliet understands teachers, believes in their creative abilities to adapt learning to individual needs and appreciates that children behave differently in the outdoors. She also believes that deep learning draws on authentic, meaningful and relevant experiences ... enabled though trusting relationships. The compelling way that Juliet leads us through; an overview of principles and practice; a host of wonderful activities; ideas for collaborative reflection and then tackles; concrete jungles; worries and fears; embedding outdoor learning and developing a whole school approach, shows that she fully appreciates the massive developmental continuum that exists in schools. Dirty Teaching is a beautiful and useful book that incorporates photo s, questions, helpful checklists and links to further reading and resources. The activity ideas are grouped as a number of themes that include; creating, construction, adventure, exploration and care. These are then helpfully cross-referenced to curriculum and topic areas, meaning that the book is as useful as a quick source of ideas as an enjoyable read for those who are committed to enabling enthralling long-term learning for their children! In Dirty Teaching, Juliet s personal philosophy shines through. She is positive, endlessly creative and, above all, inclusive in her approach. This book is certainly not just a book for the beginner, to whom it will be accessible, encouraging and informative, it will also be inspiring and stimulating to the experienced practitioner. --Sue Falch-Lovesey, Head of Environmental and Outdoor Learning, Norfolk County Council

Given all that Juliet Robertson has done through her outstanding blog and her development work, I should have expected her book to be outstanding and it is. Part manifesto for outdoor learning and part manual, she makes the case for outdoor learning and provides the advice, ideas and questions that allow teachers to deliver on it. I was convinced all over again of the value of learning everywhere, of the power of the outdoors and this book made me feel totally equipped to take advantage of that AND it is just a great book about learning with children. --The Real David Cameron, Education Consultant

About the Author

Juliet Robertson is an education consultant and former head teacher who specialises in outdoor learning. She combines her passion and considerable experience to create fantastic learning opportunities outside the classroom, and shows others how they can do the same in her popular education blog, I m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!


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This book certainly deserves 5 stars. Juliet has anticipated any doubts you might have about the efficacy of outdoor learning and illustrates with clear examples how to get out there with confidence. What I like most about this book is that she doesn't gloss over the difficulties. She faces them head on, acknowledging the fears and exploring solutions.Outdoor learning demands a high level of skill and commitment and opens a whole other world of being with children.Juliet looks at this world alongside the reader, encouraging a creative approach to the curriculum. In thinking for oneself the reader is also invited to consider their own professional development and needs. A reciprocal learning process is advocated here between children and adults, people and their environment. This book is a must for everyone who works with children.
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Wonderful resource for anyone involved in any way with young people. Whether you already do alot of outdoor learning or you want to introduce some, this book has such an easy to follow guide, there is something for everyone. I loved the practical advice given & the honesty from the author. A must have for all educators.
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A good sourcebook for schools who are wanting to take education outdoors that will get the children fired up. Juliet Robertson also uses tried and tested ideas from some of the outdoor greats e.g Joseph Cornwall, Thom Henley et al. A book that is very easy to dip in and out of.
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A lovely resource to have on hand. I found it useful to show other colleagues who were not as keen on outside learning as me that small manageable tasks were just as valid as massive den building, tree swinging activities and just as valuable to the children. Easy to understand not full of educational theory but supported by it. I am not Early Years trained but have come into it over the years and have found this book full of little, inexpensive tips for resources and ideas and has validated some of things I have already instigated in my setting.
A good read too.
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Excellent book - clear and with great ideas.
Easy to dip in or read cover to cover.
Would recommend this to all the teachers interested in outdoor education
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This is a wonderful book and importantly it's useful! Great for teachers but also excellent for parents wanting to drag their kids away from a screen. I can't recommend it highly enough!
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WOW lots of ideas I will be using in our garden/outdoor classroom, Given us new insight to using the outdoors on a budget - thankyou :)
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Fantastic book taking teachers from their first forays into nature lessons to stretching science and values based learning making use of every type of environment children might encounter.
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