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Natural Teachers

Welcome to the virtual gathering place for Natural Teachers. A Natural Teacher is any educator who uses the natural world as a powerful learning environment—whether the subject is biology, writing, art, or any other.

Website: http://www.naturalteachers.org
Members: 381
Latest Activity: on Thursday

Every teacher can be a Natural Teacher.

Think of this forum as a break room full of your peers ready for a conversation, a place where you can share ideas and ask for suggestions, where you can be engaged, creative, and encouraged. The subject: How to use the natural world as a classroom to improve your students’ health and well-being, including cognitive ability and attitudes toward learning. The objective: Inspire action, individually or in groups.

Like any meeting place where diverse opinions and concerns are shared, the discourse here must be civil. For further guidance on the “rules of engagement,” please see a set of Frequently Asked Questions located at http://childrenandnature.ning.com/page/frequently-asked-questions.

The goal is to encourage more teachers to connect their students with nature and to provide a forum where Natural Teachers can share their knowledge and views. Collectively, Natural Teachers can have a profound impact on improving the lives of children, and, in some schools and communities, that is already happening.

Please participate actively, and encourage others to join. Get together face-to-face as well.

You'll find tools and resources throughout the larger Children & Nature Network website.

The Children & Nature Network Leadership Team will monitor this NTN Group web site from time to time, to respond to ideas and encourage action. Thank you for your commitment to children.

Discussion Forum

Using the Schoolyard to Focus on Literacy Concepts 3 Replies

   I am very interested in exploring how the schoolgrounds are being used to develop the various skills and content that are included in a literacy curriculum. Too often we concentrate outdoor…Continue

Started by Herb Broda. Last reply by Tonya McLean Jun 30.

A NEW NATURE MOVEMENT IN PAKISTAN 1 Reply

As I was reading a lot on C&NN for the last many years , I started my own campaign in Asia especially in Pakistan and some other South East Asian countries. Our program is all about connecting…Continue

Started by Erum. Last reply by Eleanor Walters Jun 19.

Puerto Rico: Sea Turtle Nesting and Immersive Ecology and History

Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers, Students, and Passionate Conservationists!  Sea turtle nesting in Puerto Rico -- a unique and privileged opportunityHi--I am a mother of two young…Continue

Started by Kimberly Marshall McLean Mar 3.

Infants and toddlers in nature 2 Replies

Hello. I am a 5 star  licensed family child care home provider in NC. I believe in letting even the youngest child explore nature. Infants and toddlers learn through their senses and nature is such a…Continue

Started by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam. Last reply by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam Jan 6.

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Comment by Suz Lipman on March 26, 2012 at 11:47am

Hi All - Thought you would want to know about this online conversation on Children, Nature and Education, hosted by NAEYC (National Assoc. for Education of Young Children) that is happening all this week. Here's a link:

Q&A with selected authors of Spotlight on Young Children and Nature

http://www.naeyc.org/event/nature

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 21, 2012 at 9:10am

Hi All --

I thought you might be interested in this new blog from professor, author and NTN leader Herb W. Broda:

INVISIBLE INK: Is the Natural World Disappearing from Children's Books and Education?

http://www.childrenandnature.org/blog/2012/03/20/invisible-ink-is-t...


Let us know what you think.

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 17, 2012 at 9:16am

I thought you all might be interested in an exciting partnership that has formed between Scholastic and the American Camp Association to help fight the "summer slide" in learning and reading skills that kids in every socioeconomic group experience each year when school is out for the summer.

The Explore 30 literacy initiative is designed to keep kids reading all summer. And, best, because ACA is involved, many will be doing so in the natural settings of camp. Here's the story:

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/american_camp_associat...

Comment by Jacob Francis on March 9, 2012 at 6:51am

This could be a great citizen science opportunity for some of us!

http://schoolofants.org/

Comment by Amy Butler on March 5, 2012 at 10:38am

Thanks John and Jacob for your replies! I plan to attend the mapping workshop in March.

Comment by Jacob Francis on March 2, 2012 at 6:39am

Amy and John,

We do some mapping with our middle school students.  They use topos to look for and predict streams, and use infrared aerial photographs to make predictions about vegetation.  We also have them explore maps in Google earth, and add student generated data to the Google earth maps.  Here is a screen shot of some of the Goggle Earth mapping.

Comment by John Thielbahr on February 21, 2012 at 2:58pm

Hi Amy,

Great post.  I have sent out an email asking for anyone who has this experience with mapping.  One reply so far wanted you to know that David Sobel is doing a workshop on mapping at Antioch U. New England, Keene, NH on March 31.  I will pass on more when I get it.  Mapping in place-based learning is a terrific learning tool.  Keep us posted on your success with it.  John

Comment by Amy Butler on February 21, 2012 at 12:19pm

Hi !

Looking for anyone doing map making with children based on experiences they've had outdoors in their communites. I am hoping to hear some stories of place based learning projects with mapping as a focus. I have David Sobel's book, Mapmaking with Children. I'd just love to see some photos and examples of similar projects from elsewhere!

Comment by Suz Lipman on February 21, 2012 at 11:33am

Hi Folks, The Network for NJ's Afterschool Communities is offering a FREE webinar tomorrow 2/22 11AM ET:

Children and Nature: Perfect for Afterschool.

http://www.njsacc.org/wordpress/?p=8369

Comment by Corine Anderson on February 7, 2012 at 9:38pm
 

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