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.
Latest Activity: Nov 13
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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Started by Dani Tinker. Last reply by Juliet Robertson Nov 7.
I am gathering research for a presentation on family child care and small preschool centers who have created from scratch or renovated to create wonderful natural playscape / playground spaces.…Continue
Started by Paul Roberts Sep 9.
It's no secret that Ranger Rick captivates kids. It's also a great tool for building nonfiction reading skills and conceptual science understanding. Make the most of Ranger Rick magazines with these…Continue
Started by Dani Tinker. Last reply by Janice Swaisgood Aug 6.