This 8-day wilderness experience is designed to give primary, secondary, and college educators an introduction to the Colorado Outward Bound School’s model of experiential education. The aim of this course to offer educators a chance to re-examine attitudes and approaches around education, improve self-esteem, as well as network with other professionals on the topic of teaching.
This course will also offer the chance for participants to be introduced to environmental education. You will learn how the experiential nature of the Outward Bound curriculum provides opportunities to illuminate beliefs and attitudes toward trust, commitment, communication, roles, and appropriate risk taking. The course also offers methods to develop metaphors and process adventure based experiences in order to transfer the self-confidence, compassion and personal growth back to your professional lives and classrooms.
The 8-day Teacher Practicum Course is an inspiring experience designed to help you explore experiential education models, learn teaching strategies from your peers, and to reinvigorate your classroom teaching strategies – all while discovering and renewing your sense of self too! It’s off to the mountains where you’ll travel with a backpack that contains everything you need to live comfortably. As no prior experience is necessary, your Instructors will teach you how to do everything you need to do, including cooking, setting up tarp shelters and how to navigate. Expect to travel on and off trail as you wind your way through the mountains.
As you gain the know-how to travel effectively as a group through the mountains and cliffs, you will explore and learn about your surroundings: their beauty and their risks; their needs and their possibilities; and how these activities and areas can be wound together to form the ultimate experiential classroom. After spending time becoming more comfortable with the outdoor classroom and educational techniques, you and your patrol mates will have opportunities to plan and design activities to take back to your classrooms.
Successful completion of your course will demand tenacity, leadership and compassion. You’ll leave course with a new-found strength that can help you through everyday situations, and a new-found inspiring educator’s voice and a stronger leadership ability.
Rocky Mountains, Colorado - The Rocky Mountains are one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world, stretching 3,000 miles from Alaska to New Mexico. They have provided the foundation of legends and have had a profound influence on the development of the United States. Native Americans were the first to live among these peaks. In the 1800s, Colorado became a popular destination for pioneers, miners, cowboys and explorers, and you can see their legacy still today in the ruins scattered throughout the hills. Today, the state is famous for its abundant wilderness adventure possibilities, from skiing to rock climbing to mountain climbing. Colorado has the greatest concentration of high peaks in the lower 48, with hundreds of ‘Thirteeners’ (13,000+ foot mountains), and 54 ‘Fourteeners’.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.