Our school holds monthly parent coffee mornings, these are to provide a forum for parenthood discussion on a variety of topics deemed important by the parent community or by members of the school faculty. The parents had requested a talk about the benefit of outdoor education, this was one of the reasons why I had read Balanced and Barefoot, as I was to lead this discussion.
When preparing the presentation it developed it's focus from purely being outdoor education, but to also include the concept of free play, which I think is something that is very important for students, but seems somewhat diminishing in comparison to more organized forms of play.
To ensure parent engagement and to make them aware of some of the strategies that our students use in their daily lives at AISB, I used two making thinking visible activities Think, Puzzle, Explore and 'I used to think, now I think and I'm still wondering'. These sheets can be found here.