Ireland’s pilot teachers for OTTER shared some of the reasons that made engaging in planning worthwhile for them, with their UL colleagues (Dr. Orla McCormack, Dr. Regina Kelly & Dr. Deirdre O’Neill). These included; working on a shared ambition, utilising overlapping OTTER learning objectives with national curricula, creating engaging learning experiences for students and promoting education for sustainable development.
Planning can take many forms and should be facilitated to accommodate the needs of teachers’ busy schedules. Online planning proved to be a successful strategy to overcome time constraints and increase accessibility to productive collaboration. OTTER is lucky to have dedicated teachers that are flexible in their approaches to planning ambitious learning experiences for their students.
Our Irish teachers are exploring sites to facilitate meaningful Education Outside the Classroom experiences for their students such as; local and historic amenities used by the community, natural environments around Universities, state-of-the-art examples of environmental initiatives championed by industries. We look forward to the reveal of selection of sites and their progress over the coming months.
Pictured Left to Right: Samantha Prior, Dr. Deirdre O'Neill, Dr. Regina Kelly, Ciara Breen, Dr. Orla McCormack, Sarah Kelly