Project "Lettuce Learn" offers Professional Development for Teachers

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 10:15pm

Lettuce Learn had their second workshop for educators at Mountain Pathways Farm Camp in Boone, NC on February 20, 2016. The professional development workshop lasted from 12:30-3:30, and included three learning stations focused on the theme of “Growing Math and Literacy in the Garden”, lunch was provided by Stick Boy Bread Co., and there was also a raffle.

This workshop gave teachers the opportunity to learn more about how to successfully incorporate gardening into their daily classroom routines. It covered how to start a class garden and sustain student interest, how to use technology in the garden, and also reading and writing in the garden. The workshop was open to all educators grades PreK-12th grade.

The first station, “The Practical: Building & Sustaining Student Interest in the Garden”, was taught by Kristy Hackler where she showed educators how to plan and successfully run their school garden. She taught a variety of important skills such as outdoor classroom management techniques, succession planting, garden design sketching, and year-long garden planning.

Station two, “Find Peace & Literacy in the Garden: Reading, Writing, and Relaxing in the Garden”, Courtney Baines Smith taught about the emotional and sensory benefits of a school garden as well as practiced a kid-friendly “veggie yoga” series to share with students outside or in.

In the third and final station, taught by Lon Coulter, participants went outdoors for “Season Extension/Build an Affordable Cold Frame” and learned how to make a cold frame for their garden to help with gardening year round along with other season extension techniques..

There will be a third workshop in the Lettuce Learn Garden SMARTs series on Saturday, April 30th and it will be open to all formal and informal educators.