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Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning:Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool, K-8
Emphasizing the practical, this innovative book offers teachers step-by-step guidance to help ensure success when they take a class outside.
* Background that helps present the case for outdoor learning:Educational theory that supports the concept;overview of the terminology;research on the benefits related to student achievement; alignment of outdoor learning with current teaching practices.
* Ideas for making the schoolyard an effective outdoor classroom: the planning process; enhancing and maintaining the site; developing gardens and attracting wildlife; finding community resources and funding.
* Advice on working with a class outdoors: garnering administrative and parental support; considerations before going out; making the most of your outdoor time; using GPS as an educational tool; building on the outdoor experience back in the classroom.
* An array of proven activities that utilize the schoolyard: activities related to specific subject areas; activities that teach process skills; activities that encourage initiative and build community.
At a time when children's natural curiosity about the outdoors is eclipsed by the demands of busy schedules and the ever-present glow of video screens, schools may be the only place where they are encouraged to interact with nature. Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning can help teachers unlock the powerful learning experiences that exist just beyond the classroom door.
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
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