11.10.2013 - Cabell Elementary
Around two weeks ago I was working with a 5th grade class at Cabell Elementary when lightning threatened and it started to pour down rain. When we returned inside, a transformative lightning strike came when I realized that I had not taught inside for almost six months.
I felt handicapped by the lack of manipulatives and space that the garden provides me as a way of teaching constructively. At this moment, I realized that this is the way teachers feel when they are asked to teach outside in the garden. Teachers feel restricted, constrained, and less confident in their ability to deliver an effective lesson because they just are not familiar with their surroundings and the teaching resources that nature provides. Studies show that students need to stand up, move, and interact with the content and curriculum being taught. I hope more teachers feel the same lightning strike I felt a couple of weeks back and challenge their art as a teacher to explore the outdoor schoolyard as a teaching tool.
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