Bringing the outdoors into the classroom has become an important part of the curriculum for a number of Tasmanian teachers.
Educators from Launceston, Brighton, Oatlands, Devonport and Lilydale travelled to Launceston Church Grammar School for a one-day workshop on incorporating nature pedagogy into the classroom setting.
Nature pedagogy is a nature-based approach to early childhood and primary education, encouraging educators to enrich their pupils learning by embracing the natural world.
The ethos encourages the use of natural materials in the classroom setting, as well as taking the children outside into the bush to encourage curiosity and an appreciation of nature.
Teach, Make Create co-founder and educator Clare Houston hosted the workshop alongside business partner Analie Marmion and Nature Be In It founder Kara Spence.
Having worked as an educator herself, Ms Houston said using natural materials was a great way to engage students with the curriculum.
"So we'll make up a 'potion' using natural ingredients and write a recipe," she said.
"And we're still developing those literacy and numeracy skills."
Ms Houston said the popularity of the professional development workshop showed the passion of educators to embrace sustainability in the classroom.
"It's about giving educators the confidence to move towards more sustainable options," she said.
"Like choosing to use clay instead of plasticine.
"And we're moving away from the glitter."
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