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forest schooled

/ˈfɒrɪst skuːld/

 

1. educated or trained in the forest school ethos

2. taught a lesson related to forest school (the hard way)

3. challenged, educated, and humbled by the

features and forces of the natural world

I'm a Forest School Leader who started this blog while studying for my Level 3 qualification in the UK. At the time I was also working with children from a Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Now I work in a variety of settings utilising Forest School principles to help children develop confidence, self-esteem, empathy, and life skills. But whilst we're busy 'teaching' them, they are just as busy teaching me. This blog is all about the lessons I'm learning in the process and how, in essence, I'm getting 'Forest Schooled'.

Note: All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals mentioned in these stories.

Forest Schooled News:

Now Available: Forest Schooled, The book!

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Okay, you know that feeling when you have an idea and then someday that idea becomes a reality? It's an amazing feeling and one I am so happy to share with you now! After years of writing Forest Schooled, my stories are now nestled within the pages of a brand new book alongside high quality full colour photographs I've lovingly taken over the years while out delivering programmes and exploring woodlands. I have rejoiced, cried, and stressed out while making this project come to life. It was a journey in and of itself to create a book about "my forest school journey." But hey, it wouldn't be Forest School if it didn't challenge, stretch, and transform us, right? After all that's the point of getting Forest Schooled... So I hope others will truly enjoy having these stories in print, to read, reflect, and continue to inspire each other to do this work. THANK YOU to all of you for your support in getting here. The book is now available for purchase through AMAZON.

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November 3, 2019

Well, I’m dusting off the ol' Forest Schooled keyboard. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog here. Life moves and sways, shifting where energy was once placed into other facets and callings. But I’ve missed it, missed writing, sharing, and connecting with all of...

September 1, 2019

Okay, you know that feeling when you have an idea and then someday that idea becomes a reality? It's an amazing feeling and one I am so happy to share with you now! 

Three and a half years ago I started writing Forest Schooled. It was purely a space for me to share stor...

February 10, 2019

The word "place" comes up a lot in this work, with Forest School being described as a means for learners to gain a "sense of place,” an opportunity for the time and space to "belong in a place," an educational philosophy that is "place-based.

Such descriptions ar...

October 11, 2018

"I'm going to build a dam!" a six year old named Carter said. And off he went to the stream where he started to move rocks from the stream bed, puzzle-piecing them together to form a small wall across the width of the water's path. 

The project soon gathered intere...

August 12, 2018

This is an extremely delayed notice letting you know that I took the summer off from Forest Schooled. I've spent the past couple of months trying to limit my screen time and recharge in the summer sun as much as possible. The truth is I was burnt out and needed a break...

June 22, 2018

I've taken a huge leap in my practice recently. I've started telling stories. Now, I know that might not sound like such a big deal, but getting up the nerve to get up in front of a group and tell a story has been a real challenge for me! If you missed it, I wrote a bl...

March 9, 2018

Preface: I've called the first post in this series "Part 1", but a friend reminded me that there is so much more that comes before this part of starting a Forest School program. The Forest School training I completed a couple of years ago and the ongoing research, disc...

September 2, 2017

Short on time? If you'd rather listen to this blog post as a podcast just click here! Or download it here to listen to it later :)

If you caught the recent Facebook post or Forest Schooled newsletter, you'll have seen I've just started grad school and will be working to...

March 23, 2017

I used to work for an environmental charity that was responsible for managing the parks and green spaces in a city. We would often get people complaining that we had 'destroyed' the woods after a bout of coppicing work (where trees are cut just above ground level) had...

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