Teaching in the Outdoors
  
Teaching in the Outdoors
Published:
5/27/2014
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E-Book (available as Mobi files) What's This
ISBN:
978-1-46894-755-7
Teaching in the Outdoors provides a practical guide for getting students outdoors and helpful suggestions for maximizing the outdoor learning experience. It features the best articles on outdoor education ever published in Green Teacher magazine, including tips for leading fantastic field trips and the proper technique for class hikes.
Now more than ever, there is a greater need to get young people outdoors so they can see, understand, and commune with nature. We protect what we care about, and we care about what we know well. If students are encouraged to explore the natural world — to learn about local plants and animals, to observe and anticipate seasonal patterns, to get their feet wet in local rivers — they are more likely to develop a lifelong love of nature that will translate into a lifelong commitment to environmental stewardship. Teaching in the Outdoors provides a practical guide for getting students outdoors along with helpful suggestions for maximizing the learning experience when they get there. It is a compilation of the best articles on this topic that appeared in Green Teacher magazine since we began publishing in 1991. Darius Kalvaitis summarizes the benefits of bringing students outdoors, while Laura Haspela and Susan Snyder offer tips for leading well-organized field trips. Nalani McCutcheon and Andrea Swanson share their “tips and tricks” to help you maximize learning and enjoyment when working with young people outdoors. Coming from the opposite direction, Glenda Hanna provides a road map for overcoming the administrative barriers that often stifle the outdoor education programs before they get started. Beyond these broadly focused articles, are two other gems that delve further into specifics. In “The Caboose Hike,” Gloria Siers recommends the best ways to keep groups of young people engaged even when they are stretched out along a trail. Brad Daniel and Cliff Knapp wax poetic about high-engagement night hikes and how to encourage the magic associated with them. We hope this book will inspire grand plans but at the same time provide the direction and tools to begin the journey in small, manageable steps. No matter how modestly you begin, you will be enriching young people’s lives, strengthening your community, and adding your vision and voice to the most vibrant educational movement currently underway. Tim Grant, Editor, Toronto
Green Teacher is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19.
 
 


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