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Forest Schooled Podcast

Forest Schooled Podcast

By Caylin (Forest Schooled)
My name is Caylin and I started Forest Schooled as a blog in 2016 while working towards my Forest School qualification in the UK. Then in 2017 I moved to the homeland of the Abenaki/Abénaquis, part of Wabanaki Confederacy (which is also known to many as New Hampshire, USA); and then moved again in 2019 to the homeland of the Algonquin Nation (which is also known to many as Ottawa, Canada). This blog turned podcast is a collection of stories I've gathered along the way, and they demonstrate how my understanding of education rooted in Nature has adapted and changed with the places I've lived.
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Aggression or distress? Behaviour in the outdoors | Forest Schooled Podcast
In this podcast, I share a few things I've learned that have helped me to advocate for more Nature programs (like Forest School) wherever I live. Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/aggression-or-distress-behaviour-in-the-outdoors https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
12:08
May 02, 2022
How do we advocate for more Nature programs, like Forest School? | Forest Schooled Podcast
In this podcast, I share a few things I've learned that have helped me to advocate for more Nature programs (like Forest School) wherever I live. Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/how-do-we-advocate-for-more-nature-programs-like-forest-school https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
09:42
April 01, 2022
Growing from 'Forest School' to 'Nature-rooted learning' | Forest Schooled Podcast
This podcast share why I've started using "Nature-rooted Learning" instead of Forest School... Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/growing-from-forest-school-to-nature-rooted-learning https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
05:57
September 16, 2020
Learning with Storytelling | Forest Schooled Podcast
I've always admired storytelling not only as entertainment, but as a tool for learning and inspiring creativity. This podcast is about how I tried it and what I learned... Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2018/06/22/learning-with-storytelling https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
07:01
July 22, 2018
Running out of time for Democracy! | Forest Schooled Podcast
What do you do when you're trying to foster child-led experiences, group cohesion, and critical thinking but run out of time?! Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2018/05/12/running-out-of-time-for-democracy https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
07:56
May 12, 2018
Shelters, Trust, & Maths, oh my! | Forest Schooled Podcast
This podcast shares the story of a surprising method children created to resolve conflict in play!   Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2018/04/15/Shelters-Trust-and-Maths-oh-my   https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
05:22
April 15, 2018
Forest School as a Mindset | Forest Schooled Podcast
This podcast explores the almost invisible forces at play, what I'm calling a "mindset," that help make Forest School unique!   Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2018/02/25/Forest-School-as-a-mindset   https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:19
February 25, 2018
Whole body Learning | Forest Schooled Podcast
This podcast explores how learning can take place with the whole body, not just in the mind or with a pencil in hand!   Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2018/01/29/Whole-body-learning https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:33
January 29, 2018
Why being wet & cold can be a good thing | Forest Schooled Podcast
This podcast explores how taking kids outside in the winter comes with a few challenges, yet the benefits make it all worth it!   Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/12/17/Why-being-wet-and-cold-can-be-a-good-thing https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
06:12
December 17, 2017
What is Forest School For? | Forest Schooled Podcast
It's often said that Forest School isn't about achieving particular outcomes... but this isn't entirely true.   It may not solely be about achieving particular academic outcomes, but we're still doing it with some sort of intention. Obviously it still has a purpose. In delivering it, we are seeking to achieve something! So what is that something? Or shall I say somethings?   Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to.... https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/09/17/What-is-Forest-School-for-A-purpose-viewed-through-many-lenses https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
03:42
December 17, 2017
How perceptions of danger can change after making fire with four year olds | Forest Schooled Podcast
“The extent of risk depends in part on how competent a person is in dealing with the hazard; it is a function of how a person 'sees' or 'feels' a situation and combines both environmental and human factors... Thus, risk may be different for each individual even though the measured risks may be identical in size.” - Bob Sharp (2004), Risk in Outdoor Education.   This podcast explores how using tools and making fires with children as young as 4 have changed my perception of 'danger' and 'risk'!   Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to.... https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/11/29/How-perceptions-of-danger-can-change-after-making-fire-with-four-year-olds https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
05:48
November 29, 2017
Playing with outdoor cooking | Forest Schooled Podcast
I like to think of outdoor cooking as playing. It's a type of play that involves risk as well as the opportunity for a whole lot of learning! This podcast explore this and gives a few ideas for cooking projects. I also encourage people to share some of their great ideas and success stories with outdoor cooking too :)   Pinterest board with ideas for outdoor cooking: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/forestschooled/campfire-cooking-for-forest-school/   Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to.... https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/10/21/Fire-and-Food-Playing-with-Outdoor-Cooking   https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
05:45
October 22, 2017
Childhood is not a Democracy | Forest Schooled Podcast
Sometimes we might say something like, "This is not a democracy," when children try to argue with us about a decision we've made. Is childhood really not a democracy? Should it be?   Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to.... https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/10/07/Childhood-is-not-a-democracy https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:06
October 08, 2017
The Magic of Storytelling | Forest Schooled Podcast
“A noisy and squirmy group of around 60 children would transform into a still and silent hush of eager eyes pointed directly at the storyteller as he or she began to speak. It felt like magic - like somebody had cast a spell over everyone listening.”    This is a talent I wish I had (maybe someday will develop?) and I share my mishaps with trying! Tell me about your adventures with storytelling and if you have any tips :)   Pinterest board with resources for storytelling: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/forestschooled/storytelling-for-forest-school/ Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to.... https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/09/24/The-magic-of-storytelling https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
03:49
September 24, 2017
Why Forest School? | Forest Schooled Podcast
I thought I'd try to paint a picture (to speak figuratively, not literally!) of what it is that we do and why at Forest School. This is what I came up with based on real experiences I've had spending once a week for a year with a group at Forest School...   Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to.... https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/09/02/Why-Forest-School https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
06:05
September 02, 2017
A learning environment where the kids who can't sit still succeed | Forest Schooled Podcast
Being able to sit still and listen are good qualities. They require the ability to focus, to engage self-control, and also provide the opportunity to learn from another person who's sharing their experience and knowledge. So, even though 'sitting still and listening' are skills that many children struggle with, it seems a good idea to help them develop those qualities throughout their education. Or is it? Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to....  https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/08/26/a-learning-environment-where-the-kids-who-cant-sit-still-succeed https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:18
August 26, 2017
Encouraging Emotional Intelligence | Forest Schooled Podcast
Emotional intelligence is a powerful tool when it comes to navigating personal relationships. Our emotions have a significant impact on our behaviour, therefore making it extremely beneficial to understand them and learn how to respond and deal with them in ways that help us maintain positive relationships with others.   This podcast explores how to encourage emotional intelligence as a part of the learning process.   Want to read the blog post while you listen?  Head to....  https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/08/13/Encouraging-Emotional-Intelligence https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:18
August 13, 2017
Knots & Lashings, Learning Practical Skills | Forest Schooled Podcast
Learning practical skills can help build confidence as a person starts to feel more self-reliant. That's why learning 'survival skills' like knots and lashings can give a great boost to self-esteem. This post talks about how we used a Survival Challenge as a way to get some teens motivated to try new things and how surprised I was by how they seemed to take more away from it than I first thought!   Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to....  https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/07/30/Knots-and-lashings-Learning-practical-skills https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
03:53
July 30, 2017
The Forest School Formula | Forest Schooled Podcast
Been thinking a bit deeper about the 'long-term' aspect of Forest School and what that really means...   "There are many benefits of Forest School being a long term programme... but a question I've been exploring lately is, how important is it for the location and the individuals within a group of participants to remain the same over that long-term period?"   Want to read the blog post while you listen? Head to....  https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/07/23/the-forest-school-formula-exploring-what-long-term-really-means https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
05:57
July 23, 2017
Behaviour is Communication | Forest Schooled Podcast
Behaviour is communication... However, it's not necessarily that easy to understand what the message is... Behaviour can be a very cryptic form of communication that is frustratingly challenging to translate. But, by choosing to reframe the negative behaviour as a form of communication we are able to ask, “What does this child need? What are they really asking for?” Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/07/15/behaviour-is-communication https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:18
July 15, 2017
Forest School is Education in Reverse | Forest Schooled Podcast
This podcast reflects on how Forest School can take our 'education formula' and reverse it... Instead of making things happen to put the learning in, we draw the learning out of whatever it is that happened. Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/06/25/forest-school-is-education-in-reverse https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
03:49
June 25, 2017
When children's play makes us feel uncomfortable... | Forest Schooled Podcast
This podcast reflects on how I might project my own fears, values, or discomfort on children during their play and reconsider, is it actually appropriate to do so? Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/06/04/when-childrens-play-makes-us-feel-uncomfortable https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:40
June 04, 2017
Sometimes the problems are small, but the feelings are big | Forest Schooled Podcast
How do we support children when the problems are small, but they're expressing strong emotions? This podcast reflects on the role of empathy and listening even when it feels like they might be "over-reacting." Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/05/21/sometimes-the-problems-are-small-but-the-feelings-are-big https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
03:46
May 21, 2017
Play theory: understanding 'play types' and how they relate to Forest School | Forest Schooled Podcast
Because we can't always tap into a child's world during play, it can sometimes be difficult to identify or understand how they are playing. I have found Bob Hughes' theory of 'Play Types' very useful in gaining a better understanding of how and why kids play. Want to read the blog post while you listen? https://www.forestschooled.com/post/2017/02/11/play-theory-understanding-play-types-and-how-they-relate-to-forest-school Download the drawing of a Forest School scene with characters or objects associated with each of the 16 play types identified by Bob Hughes https://forestschooled.podia.com/play-types-at-forest-school https://www.forestschooled.com -----------Social----------- Facebook: www.fb.com/forestschooled Instagram: @forestschooled Original music by Robby Miller https://www.robbymillerguitarist.com
04:38
February 11, 2017