- Children’s classroom behavior is better if they have recess
- School gardens positively impact children’s learning and behavior
- Natural views from high school positively impact students’ academic achievement and behavior
I’ve posted a lot here lately about the Children & Nature Network. That’s because I believe in what they are doing – and they are doing it well, like all things that involve Cheryl Charles! I’ve been involved with environmental education since 1978 and see a greater need for it now than ever before. Teachers struggle every day trying to balance doing the right thing for kids with pushing kids through the required curriculum and prepping for testing. And using the outdoors as a classroom has been pushed to the back burner in the name of “time on task”. But there is a lot of research that shows how teaching outdoors can improve student learning and health.
The Children & Nature Network Network has developed a Natural Teachers initiative to get more teachers to use the outdoors as a classroom and to help kids (and families) connect to nature directly. I encourage you to join the growing list of Natural Teachers and connect with others on the Natural Teachers NING. C&NN has also put together a list of web resources to help teachers get started getting kids outdoors.
Join today. Teach outdoors. Share your stories. It will make a world of difference to you and your students!