Teachers and students around the country (and world!) are getting outdoors during school hours to do some of their work. And while we've known for years (long before this pandemic) that learning outdoors has many benefits, it is always so inspiring to see it first hand.
This week's outdoor learning highlight: North Crawford Schools
Perhaps no one says it better than North Crawford Art Teacher, Brandie Myhre. "As a PreK-12 art teacher, I love taking all of my students, from varying ages and classes, outdoors to learn. It is amazing to watch nature provoke curiosity, and how observation becomes the forefront of learning. The world is limitless, and we are free to be gobbled up by nature. Taking a big, deep breath becomes easier, and life is less about the work that we have to do, and more about the work that we want to do. There is more joy, more laughter, and more time for unstructured play."
"Teaching outside allows kids to experience the natural world in an authentic way, to inquire about, explore and answer their own questions. They experience joy, comradery and a level of comfort not always found in a building. The outdoor classroom lends itself to children not having to depend on the teacher entirely to present a subject or topic, explain how to explore it and ask questions that may otherwise seem arbitrary and meaningless to a young mind. They are free to learn in their own way." Jamie Bearrows - North Crawford Interventionist - Reading Specialist