Take Your Class Outside
Spring has arrived. Have you been looking for a long time in the classroom? Well, go ahead! You can browse through the tulips with the students without having treaded the norms of your curriculum.
Take your class out is not only a way to participate in science and geography. NEA your colleagues who walk when temperatures soar can also inspire student writing or illustrate a concept of mathematics – and is a great incentive for better behavior.
And consider this: today’s kids are so connected to their computers and video games, they just are not far enough away. Author Richard Louv calls it “Nature Deficit Disorder,” and in his 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods,” said a fourth grader, “I like to play indoors because that’s where all the Points of power “.
If we go to Earth these children, maybe they should enjoy.
Try this: The new guide to creating a home school is available from the US Department of Fish and Wildlife. This is not a book about why college playground habitats are important, but how to plan and create one. (Just think of the possibilities of practical science or writing inspired by nature!)
There are some general principles that help make outdoor adventure a learning opportunity: First, it has been determined, said Lynn Cashell, a fourth-year teacher in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. Make sure your outdoor activity is compatible with your work and can be deepened through discussions or individual or collective projects. For example, when Cashell’s math class ventured out with cameras to create geometric shapes on their school campus, they were returned in class to classify and identify and create their own geometry books.
Second, as if it were a tour, lay down ground rules for behavior. Some fresh air is gas for growing bodies – and you could see more energy in your children. It’s a good thing, use it! Just keep your safety. Also, before walking a step in the door, make sure the students know exactly what they are going to do and why they do not.
“I usually live a visit to the local county natural park, a guided tour along the promenade and a picnic. Students will learn recreational activities and wildlife and have the opportunity to practice their skills outside the community,” Says Ann B. Nicholas, a special education teacher at West Florence High School in Pennsylvania.
Try this: “On hot and sunny days, I take the children outside to see if they can identify the types of clouds in the sky and can tell the time by the position of the sun.” – Melva Higgs, Camden, New Jersey.
“Spring fever is a time of excitement and adventure,” Nicholas said. However, you may be able to feed the fever to get the care you need …. Consider taking your class out as a reward for your good behavior.
Dave Foley, retired Cadillac, Michigan, middle and high school teacher and author of “The Last Classroom Control Manual”, used his outside class, but only if each student had listened and participated in their inner classes. The class knew that only one bad egg could close the window of opportunity, when there was a strong “positive pressure” everyone focuses on, he said. “Group pressure should not be bad,” he says. “You can use the other students to influence good behavior as well.”
Other rules to make it work: “The outside temperature should be at least 60, the floor should be dry, and the lesson should be that they would work quietly,” said Foley, who teaches English and social studies. “And if someone went to the bathroom, we all had to go.”
Try this: you do not have to go out into the mountains or the woods for a great outdoor experience with your students. Consider taking a “trip” on campus for the roof or in school parking. (Watch out!) Read more about this story NEA Today.
You have to venture alone in the desert. In fact, you might find that outdoor learning opportunities are more productive if you have a partner – and there are many things out there.