How to use

this guide as an Outdoor Education or experiential learning instructor.

Many different schools and programs are looking into how they might best motivate their students to become long-term learners. With certain educational reforms focusing on test scores, curriculum structures and common core standards, there is a place for outdoor education programs to provide a much-needed counter balance by developing non-cognitive skills set. Positive psychological factors associated with non-cognitive skills are a component to success by giving students an ability to remain resilient through the difficulties of life. An Outdoor Leadership Program can take many forms, depending on the school size, classroom teacher and school location.  Used as a road map, this guide helps each student understand the enduring principles of non-cognitive skills no matter the limitations or structure of the OLP.

Learning to swim calmly through the stormy seas.

Teachers who are not familiar with the outdoor leadership educational programs may still use the guide when teaching or facilitating an experiential learning activity.  Experiential activities are structured to have a balance of risk and challenge whilst maintaining a high motivation for goal attainment and supportive instruction.  Though this guide focuses on outdoor activities, the core concepts would remain the same no matter what the activity as long as the student motivation to reach the goal and the instructor has a clear focus on the learning outcomes.

Beginning with the short introduction to Leadership skills.

Teachers can go to the non-cognitive skills strategies.

Teachers will find detailed practices, discussion points and lesson plans in activities.