Dirty Teaching

A Beginner's Guide to Learning Outdoors

By: Juliet Robertson


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Size182 x 222mm
PublishedMay 2014

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Juliet Robertson offers tips and tricks to help any primary school teacher kick-start or further develop their outdoor practice.

One of the keys to a happy and creative classroom is getting out of it and this book will give you the confidence to do just that. Drawing on academic research, Juliet explains why learning outdoors is so beneficial and provides plenty of tips and activities to help you to integrate outdoor learning into your teaching practice, providing a broad range of engaging outdoor experiences for your students.

There is no need for expensive tools or complicated technologies: all you need is your coat and a passion for learning – oh, and you’d better bring the kids too!

Topics covered include: forest schools, learning outside the classroom, outdoor education, nature activities, caring for the environment, play in schools, investigative play, urban outdoor activities, problem solving, creative thinking and strategies for supporting curriculum objectives.

For all primary practitioners who want to shake up their usual classroom routine and discover the benefits of teaching outdoors.


  • Introduction
  • The Golden Principles of Teaching Outdoors
  • Before You Go Outside
  • The First Few Sessions
  • Thinking, Reflecting and Reviewing
  • Creating and Constructing
  • A Sense of Adventure
  • Exploring What’s Out There
  • Caring for Nature
  • What to do in Concrete Jungles
  • Keeping the Momentum Going
  • Nagging Doubts, Fears and Worries
  • Embedding Outdoor Learning
  • Cross Reference of Ideas to Subject Areas
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Dirty Teaching was a finalist in the Non-Fiction People’s Book Prize Winter 2014 collection.

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Juliet Robertson

Juliet Robertson is an education consultant who specialises in outdoor learning. Before becoming a consultant Juliet was a head teacher at three schools, making her more than qualified to help others improve their practice. She also writes a popular education blog ' I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!' ' where she illustrates her ideas and enthusiasm for learning outdoors. @CreativeSTAR

Click here to listen in on Juliet's podcast with Pivotal Education: A Yearning for Outdoor Learning'.

Click here to listen to Juliet's podcast with Professional Learning International.

Click here to read Juliet Robertson’s blog.


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