Green Teacher 64, Spring 2001
Brain-Compatible Learning by Jane McGeehan
Neuroscientists are mapping the pathways between body and brain, providing tangible evidence of the benefits of hands-on, experiential learning. The author explains the educational implications of current brain research findings.
Successful School Composting by Rhea Dawn Mahar
Successful school composting programs have in common a supportive educational program, school-wide participation, and a consistent maintenance schedule. This article examines the various elements that were needed to successfully implement school composting programs in a number of schools throughout Canada and the U.S.
Greening High Schools: Leaping Subject Barriers by Barbara Kerby and John Egana
This article discusses the unique set of challenges faced by secondary schools attempting school ground greening projects. The author offers solutions to these challenges, and demonstrates the positive impact that greening projects can have specifically on high schools, particularly in promoting subject integration, and forging links among students, teachers and the surrounding community.
Tips and Tricks for Taking Kids Outside by Nalani McCutcheon and Andrea Swanson
Teaching in a classroom without walls can be discomforting at first. The authors offer useful advice for teachers who would like to move their classroom outdoors.
Catching the Rain: Retention Ponds and Natural Wetlands by Jackie Oblak
Establishing a natural wetlands on your school ground is an ideal way to provide students with a living example of an ecosystem at work, and to capture runoff and reduce water pollution while providing habitat for a variety of organisms. The author explores the issues and challenges involved in creating a wetland on your school ground.
Schoolyard Ponds: Safety and Liability by Sharon Gamson Danks
Schoolyard ponds create potential safety hazards for your students. However, with creative thinking, you can meet safety requirements without sacrificing the educational and aesthetic potential of your pond.
Moving Math Outdoors by Char Bezanson and Judith Killion
Schoolyard math problems invite subject integration and answer that age-old question “When am I ever going to use this?” The authors’ share their favorite outdoor math activities.
School Grounds in a Box by Ann Coffey
The author examines what is involved in creating a physical model of your school ground greening project. This important first step in the process of schoolyard transformation will help you to assess your site, try out design ideas and generate enthusiasm.
And as always, over 20 new educational resources are profiled and evaluated in this issue of Green Teacher.