Using Outdoor Learning to Improve Behaviour for All focuses on teachers, parents and carers working together and creating environments in the classroom, home and particularly outdoors where all children can experience positive feedback and develop good learning behaviours.
It tells the story of the Wellie Wednesday project and the journeys children took with their families and schools to achieve success. Based on attachment theory and research in psychology and neuroscience, this practical book will support practitioners, parents, carers and children, who find themselves in negative cycles and situations, to take steps forward to a positive future.
Focusing on real situations and the needs of individual children and their families, this accessible guide is divided into four sections:
- Making a difference: for individual children, their parents, carers and schools.
- Can I be included? Case studies, including impact on family and school, strategies used, changes noticed and key questions raised.
- Addressing concerns: understanding behaviour as communication.
- How change happened: enriching learning to improve behaviour.
Offering a wide collection of case studies and practical strategies, Using Outdoor Learning to Improve Behaviour for All will be an essential resource for all teachers, parents and carers wanting to support and guide children towards accessing education successfully.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1: Making A Difference – for individual children, their parents, carers and schools 1. Building a Picture of Wellie Wednesday 2.The Valued Contribution of Parents, Carers and Other Significant Adults. Part 2: Can I Be Included? Case studies, including impact on family and school, strategies used, changes noticed and key questions raised 3. Yasmin: daring to join in 4. Amber: picking up speed 5. Ashley: safe to like and be liked 6. Sammy: finding the need to speak 7. Ella: attention seeking or attention needing? 8. Ned: persevering pays off Part 3: Addressing Concerns - understanding behaviour as communication 9. Language and Communication skills- what is special about Shaun? 10. Narrative Conversations to Find Solutions: what is special about Dillon? 11. Anxiety Driven Behaviour: what is special about Elise? 12. Self Hatred and Self Harming: what is special about Kevin and Anna? 13. The Competitive Spirit: what is special about Seth? 14. Building Independence and Responsibility: what is special about Liam? 15. Food: too much? too little? ‘fussy eater’? fearful? Part 4: How Change Happened – enriching learning to improve behaviour 16. A Summary of Strategies - a pathway to each child’s successful future 17. Supporting Parents and Carers 18. The Theoretical Background – putting theory into practice Conclusion and Epilogue: transferring learning into school and some final thoughts
Sarah Rockliff worked as an advisory support teacher specialising in preventing exclusion. She successfully translated theoretical knowledge into sound practice, changing thinking and behaviour. She worked closely with staff and families to find solutions and meet children’s needs.
Pauline Chinnery worked as a headteacher in Norfolk, UK. Her commitment and determination to support children’s social and emotional needs resulted in a nurturing ethos across the school and a successful Nurture Group.
"Offering a wide collection of case studies and practical strategies, Using Outdoor Learning to Improve Behaviour for All will be an essential resource for all teachers, parents and carers wanting to support and guide children towards accessing education successfully." - Sarah Brew, Parents In Touch