Dr. Peter Koci

Canada [College Instructor, Environmental Educator]

Workshop title: "Activities for creating a positive learning environment" (workshop full)

This interactive workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and implementation of positive learning environments through hands on fun activities. Research shows that if children are in a positive learning environment and feel a sense of community, they are more likely to have deeper learning experience. Building a sense of community also extends to nature, creating a sense of place is about community building. Through this learning environment participants will be shown how to build a sense of community within their groups/class. Background information will be provided to better understand the 4 key stages in this process, along with some research findings about learning environments. Research shows that the teacher and the learning environment are the two biggest predictors of learning (Fraser, 1998). Instruction will include a multitude of active participation throughout the session. Come prepared to do some fun physical activities.

Personal Bios: Peter has been an instructor in the Sport Science Department at Douglas College since 2007. Prior to teaching at Douglas, he taught a Kwantlen Polytechnic University, additionally he was a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia (School of Human Kinetics), Simon Fraser University (Faculty of Education) and Thompson Rivers University (Adventure Guide tourism program). Additional teaching experience includes teaching Environmental Education and Adventure based activities to High school students (grades 8-12). Peter also has an extensive coaching background which includes coaching the British Columbian Whitewater kayak team for 10 years along with a 2 year stint as the Canadian Junior Whitewater kayak team coach. Prior to coaching Peter spent a decade as a member of the Canadian Whitewater kayaking team representing Canada at World championships and Europa Cups.

Dr. Peter Koci