There are lots of reasons to learn outside. If you are thinking about trying out teaching in the outdoors, check out these tips.
Try these teaching ideas to provide students with different learning styles and abilities multiple avenues to acquire and process content.
Nature helps children’s development–intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically. Studies show that teaching outdoors produces student gains in social studies, science, language arts and math.
Amber Hodges is a project associate for the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Roanoke, Virginia, who provides programming to about 1,800 K–12 students per year.
Denise Trufan is a science lab facilitator for grades K-5 who launched a recycling program at Indian Land Elementary School, Indian Land, South Carolina.
Pam Wilson is a K-8 substitute teacher and facilitator with the Oregon Natural Resources Program in Corvallis who introduces PLT to pre-service teachers.
Elizabeth Burke is a parent volunteer and master naturalist in Fairfax County, Virginia, who uses PLT to train parents to be classroom docents.
Jim Chandler is a consulting teacher in science for the Auburn School Department, Auburn, Maine, and director of the Auburn Land Lab, an environmental center.
Melanie Cornelius is an elementary science instruction specialist in Frisco Independent School District, Frisco, Texas, who helps teachers in 22 schools deliver science education.
Hazel Scharosch teaches grades K-6 at Red Creek Elementary School, a one-room schoolhouse in Casper, Wyoming, where she has led many PLT workshops.