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C&NN Natural Teachers Network

Welcome to the virtual gathering place of the Natural Teachers Network. 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: 369
Latest Activity: Mar 3

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 of the Natural Teachers Network and this website 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 on the Natural Teachers Network home pages and 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.

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Comment by Juliet Robertson on August 29, 2010 at 1:47am
Hi Everyone

I've just completed the final blog post about The Coombes School in England. It has the most amazing geology trail and I thought you might enjoy reading / watching it.

Best wishes
Juliet
Comment by Herb Broda on August 19, 2010 at 7:21pm
Hi Deb-- The second book, Moving the Classroom Outdoors, will be a companion book to Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning Although I see outdoor learning as very appropriate for all age groups, PK-12, both of my books are aimed mainly at a k-8 audience. Moving the Classroom Outdoors will feature many examples of schoolyard enhancements that I saw when I visited dozens of schools around the US and Canada last year. Schoollyard-Enhanced Learning is designed as a handbook for teachers and schools that are interested in doing more with outdoor learning. It provides examples of activities, low cost/no cost site enahncements, rationale for taking students outside, etc. It is meant for the educator who is saying "I really like the idea of taking children outdoors for instruciton but I need some more background, information and ideas.
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 8:05pm
Hello Herb,
What age group will your "second book" represent? Sounds very interesting.
Comment by Herb Broda on August 18, 2010 at 7:34pm
Thanks for the idea of a book club, Juliet. I would be glad to shepherd Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning through a discussion.
Would there be interest also in starting a discussion group focusing on how teachers use the outdoors for instruction? It could be useful to share enhancements that have been made to school sites to encourage outdoor teaching? I have many examples to share from my recent sabbatical and research for my second book Moving the Classroom Outdoors. It would be fascinating to hear about schoolyard enhancements that are being made by others around the world
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 1:15pm


I hope this photo opens: spot the scat!
Nature Matters! Deb
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 1:09pm
Lynn! You have an actual, real-life, scat collection? OMgiggles that is amazing. I volunteered for a local group a couple of years back. We organized a family outing to get parents and children involved in local parks. We set up an informative tent with lots of interesting things but the most popular was the "poop tent": which the children called it. We didn't have real-life specimens but the ones we had sure looked real. We ordered them from a place in the USA (I'm from Canada). I have a great photo of scat I should share somewhere here.
All the best on your book. I can't wait to see it.
Comment by Lynn Levine on August 18, 2010 at 12:15pm
Great ideas and I will follow up once I get the book up and running on amazon
Deb- Fun isn't it to really look at scat. I love to teach children and adults how to track--I'm unofficially called the Scat Lady because of the my carefully preserved scat collection.
Comment by amy pertschuk on August 18, 2010 at 11:54am
Ok Lynn, now you have us on the edge of our seats. If you want to give us all a preview -- timing of that up to you and your publisher -- you could add a BLOG entry about Snow Secrets and children and nature etc. Always room for another good book on our virtual shelf.
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 11:46am
Speaking of "scats" Lynn, I just found a trace in my backyard. Was a mystery to me until I saw the look of doom on my cats face hiding under the swing. Poor thing felt so bad...my scat-box cleaner must have not been on duty last night. LOL
Comment by Deb "Tdeb" on August 18, 2010 at 11:43am
Well then Lynn, you will just have to keep us posted, please:)
 

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