Outdoor Education: A Learning Journey in Florence

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Description

Engaging learners in education that incorporates outdoor exploration and discovery creates an immersive learning experience by placing students in situations and activities that motivate and stimulate them both inside and outside the classroom. 

This course explores strategies for immersing students in a variety of activities that can be used to promote outdoor learning while also learning more about the cultural heritage of the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy.

Participants will visit four neighborhoods in Florence’s historic city center by taking as a case study many of Florence’s historic figures, places, events, and objects of art while learning how to incorporate outdoor and visual thinking activities into a curriculum.

This course will bring energy and interest to your lessons and improve every single educational environment where motivation and/or student participation are lacking.

By the end of the course, participants will have explored and experienced a variety of powerful and creative learning tools and teaching techniques to help them manage their students’ learning experiences while involving them more compellingly and beneficially. 

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Incorporate outdoor and cultural heritage education in an inclusive way; 
  • Learn to use appealing teaching strategies that are easy to incorporate into any classroom lesson or connect with any academic subject; 
  • Engage in the rich cultural history of the Renaissance through a variety of classroom activities and outdoor visits; 
  • Appreciate the variety of ways that a lesson can inspire students to reach a deeper level of understanding and engagement. 

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction – Getting to know each other and Florence

  • Introduction to the course, teacher academy, and icebreaker activities;
  • Exploring the idea of Florence’s historic city center as an important place to discover not only outdoor learning but also cultural heritage.

Day 2 – Discovering the Santa Croce neighborhood in Florence

  • Exploring people, places, and things including museums, art, artists, piazzas, architects, and the Medici family for developing important skills;
  • Visit to the Uffizi Corridor for a photo and view of Ponte Vecchio.

Day 3 – Discovering the Santo Spirito neighborhood in Florence

  • Focusing on palaces, gardens, shapes, painters, chapels, galleries, and the last of the Medici.
  • Visit to Piazza Santo Spirito.

Day 4 – Discovering the San Giovanni neighborhood in Florence

  • Starting with a Florentine composer and music from the 14th century and finally observing the colors, lines, and shapes of Florence’s great cathedral;
  • Visit to Duomo Square for an outdoor activity.

Day 5 – Discovering the Santa Maria Novella neighborhood in Florence

  • Connecting with the cultural heritage of Renaissance Florence through art, music, storytelling, and imagination;
  • Visit to the oldest pharmacy in the world.

Day 6 – Course closure & cultural activities

  • Course evaluation: round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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Price*: 480€

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