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  • Reflection questions
  • 1. From this past year the thing I will remember for a long time is the last canoe trip, because of what happened with Kaelen and Gavin and then when Josh, Jack and me had to get Mrs. Maxwells canoe un pined from the 2 rocks.

    2. From the past year would have also been the last canoe because of how long it ended up taking us to do the rivers. And it was also because of what happened on the canoe trip.

    3. The most interesting we did this year was when barret Miller came because of all the things he taught us about interpreting and teach younger kids

    4. I wouldn’t have anymore because for all the stuff we have to do and al the activities we already have, it would be hard to get everything done in the school year.

    5. Interpreting was the skill that I developed the most this year and will become useful because of all the jobs I may go into later down the road.

    6. We should do more classes at the wetland.

    7. I would pay some money to go on different trips for camping of other outdoor activities.

    8. I think we have a good balance  theory And outdoor activities. I would say this because of all the activities we did this year we did a lot of theory about each activity we were going to be doing outside.

    9. How we did a lot of stuff at the end of the year I would suggest that we make it so we have some of that spread out a little bit more if it was possible.

    10. Yes because for example when we went on the canoe trip you could tell that there were people that did not fully get how to do there strokes properly.


  • Outdoor Ed Reflection Questions
  • 1. The thing that I remember best from outdoor ed is the canoe trip on June 8th.

    2. The thing that challenged me the most in outdoor ed was having to do the things that were way out of my comfort zone such as public speaking and being out on the water.

    3. The thing that I found interesting was interpretation with the little kids. I’ve never done something like that before so it was kinda neat.

    4. I would have liked more group work because its easier to get stuff done when working in groups because there’s more than one person.

    5. The skills that I developed in this class that will be useful in my future are tying knots and partially overcoming my phobia of public speaking.

    6. I think more hands on activities and group work will make outdoor ed an even better experience for students in the class.

    7. No, I really think that we don’t need to go to different eco systems to fish or hike. I would not be willing to pay for this, as we can just continue to hike and fish in local areas.

    8. In my opinion, I don’t think there’s an equal balance between outdoor activities and theory. We do a little too many PowerPoints and projects about wetlands, rather than actually getting out and experiencing the great outdoors.

    9. To improve outdoor education class, do more hands on activities outside at the wetlands to give students an opportunity to experience nature in action.

    10. Yes. We should do more of the concept/skill development activities acquired in the class. This way, students can learn these concepts and skills in a more fun way. Instead of doing presentations.


  • Reflection questions
  • 1.  I remember the first canoeing trip on a river the best. I think that that trip was the perfect length it was not to long or to short, and overall I thought that it went a lot better than the second river canoeing trip.

    2. I think that the last canoe trip challenges me the most I found it hard to keep paddling toward the end.
    3. I found all the field trips interesting. I think that we had a good mix of field trips like canoeing and going down to the wetlands.
    4. I would like to have more group activities, I find group work easier that individual work.
    5.  I think that in the future I would like to do more canoeing, so the canoe skills we learned will be helpful
    6. I think that outdoor ed would be even better if we spent more time outside instead of in the classroom
    7. I think that if it was a trip that I was interested in I would be willing to put some money toward it.
    8. I think that there is a good balance of outdoor activities and theory, it would be hard to fit in more field trips into the time available.
    9. I think that spending more time outside would improve the outdoor ed class. Instead of sitting at a desk inside going outside and learning about whatever we were going to learn.
    10. I think that doing that stuff in grade 9 is good enough but we should keep using them throughout the year


  • Outdoor Ed: Reflection on the year
  • 1.  The best thing I remember from this year is doing the interpretation with the younger kids. I enjoyed learning the material and delivering it to the younger kids. I liked talking and teaching them things I learned.

    2.  The most challenging part of outdoor ed this years was doing all of the paper work. I found that all of the work sheets was a little challenging. I also found canoeing for a long period of time was challenging. The long canoe ride really tested my patience.

    3.   The most interesting part of outdoor ed was building quinsies. I had never heard of quinsies before I entered outdoor ed. Even though I didn’t get to see the final part it was stilll interesting.

    4.   I would have liked more group work. It’s more productive and fun to work with other people then it is to work alone. I find working with groups easier and the opinions of other people are usually very valueable.

    5.  I learned a lot and gained a lot of skills which may help me in the future.
           - tying different types of knots will help me in fishing and survival situations.
           - interpretation skills will help me teach kids and give better presentations
           - leadership skills will help me better lead my group

    6.  I think going outside more will make the outdoor ed class better.
    7.  It depends on the trip and what we are doing. If we were going to go canoeing and camping I  would pay but if we were going to somewhere for a presentation or interpretation, i probably would not pay.

    8. I do not think that there is a blanance between going outside and outdoor theories. This year we spent more time doing inclass stuff then we did outside. We should have spent more time outside.

    9. If i could change anything, I would go outside more.

    10. Yes, It would help the kids that weren’t in outdoor ed learn about the material we did last year.

    Final thoughts.

    I enjoyed outdoor ed and would recommend it to everyone in grade 9 and 10.


  • outdoor education reflection
  • 1. What i remember best about Outdoor ED from this year was when we went outside during the winter and made our "quinziees". We went out 3 times the first time we went out we just dug out the snow until we were at the ground. We had to make a huge snow pile right beside the hole we made. the next day we came out we took all that snow and put in back into the hole and made a hill. after we let it sit for a day. we came out for the final day to dig out the holes we would be sitting in. my group didn't make it through the whole quinziee. We were only able to fit one person in it, but i had a lot of fun making it with my group members.

    2. What Challenged  me the most this year in outdoor ed was interpreting to the young students.The first group of students the first day was the hardest, me and Owen had to talk first for our introduction and i felt nervous. But after a couple round through my group where i was presenting wetland stress i felt a lot better and more comfortable.

    3. Something i found interesting to do in Outdoor Ed this year was probably the time we went on the lake to go canoeing. we went out just for the morning with  Jack Coulson. That was my first time canoeing ever, i was partners with Seth. He taught as the things we needed to know so we were able to canoe on the river. We learned how to do a full 360 in the water, J-stroke and the pry maneuver. I found this really interesting and very useful while canoeing.

    4. This year i think we should of had more group work activities. I think that working in groups on outdoor assignments is beneficial because you would get more then one point of view on the questions.And being in groups make thing more fun and less stressful while working.

    5.  Some of the skills i learned in this class that i will be using in the future are how to make a quinziee, tying knots like the square knot, s granny knot, figure 8 knot, clove hitch, truckers knot, and cowboy handcuffs. I also will be using  my knowledge on how to interpret to others. And the final thing i learned that will be very useful in the future is how to canoe on the lake and on the river.

    6. Things that could make this class better for the students  is going outside in the environment of our school grounds to learn a out different things like different kinds of trees or grasses. We could also do more activities outside like playing different games like the games we played out in the wetlands with the kids. Just overall being outside more would be a lot better for the students.

    7. I will and would be willing to pay to go on different places for unique experiences. I think that going on different trips with the class is a good way to learn and have fun, but i would not care if we had to pay a little fee to be able to go. Some thing i would like to do that we will have to pay for if we went is going on the big canoe trip by the border of Ontario, going hiking, and going fishing on different lakes.

    8. During the year i think we had a good balance between indoor activities and outdoor activities. we did a lot of indoor work in the class room, but we also did a lot of fun activities outside were we learned more. I think that if we did anymore activities this year we would all have been tired and exhausted, for example while we did our interpretation to the grade fours it was a great time but everyone was very tired afterwards.

    9. Things we could do to improve our Outdoor Ed program could be  not do so much work and repetitive work on the wetlands. We could switch things up and do other things that have to do with Outdoor Ed. Something else that would improve our Outdoor Ed program is doing more activities in the winter, and stuff about winter outdoor safety and survival.

    10. I think we should be doing more of the concept/skill development but instead of doing them again and learning how to we could be doing it in a bigger whole. Like instead of going outside and making a quinziee we could actually go on a little trip and stay over night in one. And i think we could all do more fire work, like how to make a fire and how to properly put a fire out.


  • Final Blog Entry
    1. What I remember the best from Outdoor Ed from this past year would probably have to be the full day of canoeing down the little Saskatchewan river. Though the trip went way longer than we all thought that it would be, I still had fun along the way! 
    2. What challenged me the most from this past year in Outdoor Ed would have to be the importance wetlands PowerPoint that we had to do that had to be at least 15 slides long. Some of the things were very hard to find and I felt like everyone had most of the same things on each of their PowerPoints. 
    3. What I found interesting to do in Outdoor Ed this year was when Barret Miller came to our school and helped us out with our interpretative skills. It was so cool to see how much of a natural he was at interpreting and I found that he helped us out a lot. 
    4. I would have liked to have more group work activities because its always a lot easier to do something when I have someone to do it with. I liked it when we worked on projects together like the natural leader posters, the wetlands ecosystems booklet, the frostbite games, and when the different schools came down to our wetlands. 
    5. The skills that I developed in this class that will be useful for me into the future would be having and knowing how to handle kids in certain situations whether they are fooling around or not paying attention. I also learned some really cool tips for how to build a ‘quinsy’ (I’m not sure how to spell it) if you were stuck outside and need a place to stay for the night. 
    6. I would suggest a little less repetitive work and projects on wetlands and more fun activities such as canoeing, camping and fishing. It feels like everything that we did on wetlands was just being repeated over and over again so I was really happy when we did something different like going canoeing down the river. 
    7. I would not be interested in paying for some more unique experiences such as going camping, hiking, fishing, and traveling to different places. I don’t like to spend my money on things such as camping or canoeing at different places when I am missing all of my other classes, because when we start to spend days out of school my projects start to pile up. 
    8. I thought that there was a good balance between outdoor activity and the outdoor theory in this course because it was good to watch videos on paddling strokes and what to do when something happens, and trying it out for yourself in real life. I feel like there is a little bit more of a connection between what you learned and what you just did when you are inside and out. 
    9. I would do less of learning about wetlands, and more of things such as surviving in the wilderness. Things like learning how to pack smartly before going on a hike or long trip, and survival skills like catching your own food or building a shelter in any season of the year. 
    10. I think that we should be doing more of the concepts/skill development activities because it is a chance to really put yourself to the test and learn how to live and survive on your own. It can help if for example you were stranded and you don’t know how long you were going to be alone for. 


  • Outdoor Education Reflection
  • 1. What do you remember best from Outdoor Ed this year?

    The thing I remember best from outdoor ed this year is the canoe trip that our class took on the river. I remember this the best because I learnt the most during this trip. I learnt how to work as a team as we were tested with the strong winds, heat, and rapids. I learnt to communicate with my team and tell the stern if I see any rocks, strainers or sweepers. I also learnt how to tell which is the best path by locating a v created by the water. This v shows a safe path for the canoe to travel through. This trip taught me many lessons such as; trips don’t always go to plan, how to persevere, and how to improve based on my mistakes.

    2. What challenged you the most from this past year in Outdoor Ed?

    What challenged me the most during this year was organizing the “Frostbite Games” at the beginning of the year. The “Frostbite Games” was a mini Olympic Games that we set up for the Grade 7 and 8s. This challenged me the most because it was the first project I had to plan for a younger grade. We had to change our game and replan a few times because what we had plan wouldn’t work. We also had to learn from our mistakes to improve the experience for the other class which in some ways produced a lot of  work but it was for the best. In the end it worked out very well for all of us and everyone had a fun day enjoying the Manitoba winter days.

    3. What did you find interesting to do in Outdoor Ed this year?

    The thing I found most interesting this year was ice fishing. It was interesting because I had never been ice fishing before and it was a new experience. I found all the different knots and their uses very interesting. We learnt knots such as the figure 8 knot, the square knot, and the truckers hitch to name a few. The truckers hitch came in useful for the canoes that we had to tie and untie off the trailers. I also learnt how to drill holes in the ice and how to use a fishing rod. This was a very interesting new experience for me. Although I didn’t catch any fish, I had a very enjoyable day hanging out with my friends and being in the outdoors for the whole day instead of in the classroom.

    4. Would you like to have had more individual or group work activities? Explain why?

    I think that there was a good amount of both individual and group activities. We had to do some PowerPoints and blogs alone but we had many resources that we could learn from. We did most of our other activities in groups but that was for the best because we could ask our group for help or we could give others advice. It also helps being in a group because you can divid the work between everyone and learn from your partners. Overall there was a good amount of group projects, if anything there could be more individual projects.

    5. What skills (that you developed in this class) will be useful for you in the future?

    One of the most important skills I learnt this year was how to interpret. This skill can help me in the future for jobs that I may have. This activity helped me gain confidence while speaking in front of others while teaching about a topic. Before learning about how to interpret i was a little anxious about the days we would spend at the wetlands teaching the students. Although after learning about and practicing Freeman Tilden’s Principals for interpretation I felt more comfortable in front of a crowd. The day that we spend with Mr. Miller also prepared me and my group for the intrepeting with the young students. We learnt and used tips such as gathering your audience close to you so that they can hear and see you and drawing out what we are explaining, to name a couple.

    6. What would you suggest would make Outdoor Ed an even better class for students?

    The only thing that I think could make Outdoor Ed an even better class for students is more time spend outside. At the beginning of the year we did not spend much time outside other than building quinzees and the frostbite games. I think the class would benefit from learning about the different species we have in our area while we are outside. We could learn about the different habitats of animals and how they adapted to the climate or environmental conditions. We could also have learnt about the different parts of plants and how to identify different plants in our area. This information may not interest everyone, but it would be good to learn just for general knowledge and appreciation of our surroundings.

    7. Would you be willing or not to pay for some more unique experiences eg. Travel to different eco-zones to camp/hike or go fishing?

    I would not be willing to pay for some more unique experiences because I do not think I need to pay for any parts of my school courses. I would understand that if the school did not have money to pay for these kinds of trips. In that case I would be happy with doing more trips locally, for example fishing/ ice fishing on Rivers Lake of at the LittleSaskatchewan River or camping more locally. I think that a trip does not need money to make it enjoyable for everyone.

    8. Is there a good balance between outdoor activity and outdoor theory in the course? Explain clearly why you think as you do about this question.

    Like I said before in question 6, I think the class could benefit from more outdoor activities. I found that I enjoyed learning more when I was outside in the elements. I think that we could have gone to the wetlands more to learn. It would be interesting to learn about what happens to the wetlands and all it’s species during the winter months. We could go to the wetland and visually see how the wetland changes during the seasons and what happens to the water level. Overall I think that we should spend at least 50% of our class time outside in order to fully experience the most we can.

    9.  What would you do to improve our outdoor education program?

    To improve our outdoor education program I think we should start by learning more about the basics. This could include how to build a shelter and start a fire. We could then go to the wetland and practice the skills we learnt. It would also be interesting to learn which plants you can eat if you were ever in a situation where you were lost outdoors and did not have any food. It would also be beneficial to learn about how to protect your self from dangerous animals or even just the severe weather we have in Manitoba. It would also be interesting to learn about the different parts of a wetland and how they interact or work altogether.

    10. Should we be reviewing and “doing” more of the concepts/skill development activities acquired in Grade 9 Outdoor Ed? Eg. Fire building, camp craft, building a campsite. Explain what you think we should do. Or, should we be doing something else? Explain.

    Yes, I think that we should be reviewing some of the most important concepts learnt from the Grade 9 course in case the students were not in the last course for whatever reason. I think it would be a good idea to have a little outing near the beginning of the course to review and refresh the students memory on how to start a fire and build a campsite. Just a basic review would benefit both new and old students. But it is also important to not spend too much time reviewing and to leave room for learning new concepts and ideas.

    Final thoughts!

                           Overall this was a very fun and enjoyable course that incudes lots of appreciated work from the teacher and interest from the students. Different parts of the course will interest different students, but there will be something for each student to learn or improve on.
                                                                                    Megan Catlin
                                                                       Grade 10 Outdoor Education 2018


  • Reflection Questions
  • 1. What do you remember best from outdoor ed from this past year
    I don’t get the question if your asking what I remembered,I remember the struggle before our wetland  interpretation trip when we had so many projects to hand in. We had our posters, flash cards,presentations and much more and the stress kept building up on top of the pile of work we had. It if your asking my favourite moment it would have to be the final canoe trip when we stopped and swan just having fun pushing each other in and the wet sandy mud in between my toes. Or when Rose pulled out the giant water bug while we were critter dipping.
    2. What challenged you the most from this past year in outdoor ed
    The challenge for me was getting in projects on time when we had all of those projects. Megan was a good partner and helped me get those projects in sooner and helped me improve them. This was challenging for me because I get stressed out and anxious very easily and this was a lot for me.
    3.What did you find interesting to do in outdoor ed
    I found the canoe trips interesting and fun to do. I learned a lot and had fun while doing it. Or when we were questioning the kids they knew so much and in Portage we would never have learned that stuff so early my science then was no where close to advanced as theirs was. There was so many moments that were interesting. I learned a lot and nothing really took the cake in this category. Anything that teaches me something new is interesting to me
    4. Would you like to have had more individual or group activities? Explain why?
    I would love to have more group activities. Group activities are good for our social skill and I’m not very social because I’m not that good at English. Group activities help me communicate with and get to know my peers better
    5. What skills will be useful for you into the future.
    I learned how to tie certain knots that I can use in the future. I think that is one of the most important skills. I learned how to give a presentation using interpretation. But the most important skill I think I learned would have to hand things in on time and to stay on top of my work. To me this skill we take me farther than any skill I learned in this class. I can use it if I get into a office job or even now with cutting grass and staung on top of it before my lawn mower can’t go over it.
    6. What would you suggest would make outdoor ed an even better class for students.
    When I started I was told that it was all about camping and then I got in and we barely did any of that. One way I could suggest to stop this because I know a lot of people left last year because of it is change the explanation to math the course or change the course to match the explanation.
    7. Yes I would the fishing was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done as a field trip. I wish I could go on the camping trip too but I have family over. More trips like these are good for our generation to get us out of our houses. 8. Personally for me I think we could do more outdoor activity. I learn better by doing and not hearing The balance ratio of outdoor activity to outdoor eduapcation right now is 35:65 and I feel it could be 45:55. That to me is a better ratio to what this course was described to me when I was making my first course selections. We need some activities this year and it was more of what I thought it would be in grade 9. Those are som of my thoughts on those ratios. 9. Like I have been saying this entire time. I think we should have less class time and more doing things. Or you could give us more time to complete projects with more time inbetween. It also seems like this class doesn’t really have a outline that we follow it’s more just whatever has to do at the time it’s more like a giant inquiry project. I like to be organized and have a outline of what is expected of me to do during this course. 10. I think we should do more of this. When we did it in grade 9 we did it once and basically never went over it again. I think we should do a small review each year to do the things we learned. For examle next year have a small test on the knots we learned to make sure these important life skills are not lost in the endless void of knowledge we have to take in year after year.or another example would be the shelter building and the different types of shelters we can make. Or how to properly and safely prepare a fire without burning yourself. These are my thought on if we should be reviewing thing we did in the past and like I said we should maybe just have a small review of what to do to make sure they stick in our brains and not get lost. You know what they say you need to do something 7 times until it stick in your brain if we do these thing from grade 9 twice a year it will stick by the time we graduate. That is two easy classes a year that we can dedicate our time to


  • What I did well?
    Helping out when there were canoes that were stuck and me and josh didn’t flip our canoe.

    What I need to improve?
    I need to improve my left turns

    What I enjoyed?
    Having everyone together and joking around most of the trip.

    What I found difficult and why?
    The trip felt really long after Kaelen and Gavin flip there canoe so it made it hard to keep going

    Would I recommend canoeing trips?
    Yes I would recommend this trip because it is a good experience and it helps you to really learn the skills of canoeing. But if we did this trip again I would suggest starting a little bit early.


  • All day canoe trip
  • What I did well? I did well communicating with my group members. I said this because I don’t normally talk much but I talked a lot on this trip actually.

    What I need to improve? I need to improve on paddling

    What I really enjoyed? I really enjoyed the view and since I was sitting in the middle of the canoe I could just sit back and chill and that was nice!

    What I found difficult and why? I found it difficult to enjoy the rest of the day because I was really starting to get tired and so were my group members. But we got through it and in the end it was pretty fun

    Would I recommend this in the future and why or why not? I would recommend it because it was a great experience and it’s good to be outdoors rather than stuck in a classroom all day


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