An overview of the green schools movement in North America and worldwide, including examples of successful green schools programs and their environmental and academic benefits. Includes recommendations for schools interested in implementing such programs.
Posts from the ‘Perspective’ Category
A “dialectical” approach for training educators on how to teach more effectively in outdoor settings. The trainer models a poorly taught lesson, works with the students to identify the mistakes made, and provides solutions for correcting those mistakes. Aims to help highlight some of the common mistakes that outdoor educators make, such as those related to group position, delivery, content, pace, and professionalism.
An activity for upper elementary students in which soil samples from around the country are exchanged and evaluated. Students gain knowledge of the correlation between soil composition and different kinds of terrain, and why different soils have greatly varied qualities.
Activities for elementary, middle, and high school students which examine products that use less energy and have fewer toxic components because they are inspired by designs in nature. Integrating the hopeful science of biomimicry into the curriculum provides opportunities for creative problem-solving exercises that challenge them to think, to ask questions and to create in a collaborative setting.