Project "Lettuce Learn" offers Professional Development for Teachers
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.