This September, I'll be facilitating an online workshop on theories of walking and designing a basic walk for the Brooklyn-based The Minor Collective. I've known Kass Minor for many years from our shared time at the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project. Kass had the brilliant idea to bring educators together with expertise on outdoor learning to provide practical tools for using the outdoors as a safe and generative way of learning during the pandemic.
The workshops include:
Here's my workshop description:
Designing Walking Tours for Observation and Discovery
How can an ordinary walk become an opportunity for observation and discovery? Michel de Certeau explains that to walk is to “make use of spaces that cannot be seen." Rebecca Solnit writes that walking is a “state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned.” In this course, participants will get an introduction to the foundational principles of a walking practice. These ideas will be complemented by case studies of educators who use walking as a pedagogical technique to uncover neighborhood histories and investigate our shared relationships with place. Finally, educators will learn how to design a walking tour for their classrooms and contexts, engaging walking as a lively, accessible format for thinking and feeling.
Register by September 6th. Tickets are on a sliding scale: $45-200.