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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: 339
Latest Activity: on Wednesday

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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2014 Manitoba Nature Summit Request for Proposals

Hi Natural Teachers!The Manitoba Nature Summit will be held September 12,13 and 14th at Camp Manitou in Headingly Manitoba. It is a 3 day nature-immersion conference for educators. Workshops range…Continue

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Started by Corine Anderson Dec 20, 2013.

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Started by Corine Anderson Dec 20, 2013.

Kids Can Enjoy Toys AND Nature 1 Reply

 With the recent Toys R Us commercial portraying nature as "boring", a new video highlights a more positive message: kids can enjoy toys AND nature. Watch the video here:…Continue

Tags: children, r, us, kids, outdoors

Started by Dani Tinker. Last reply by Juliet Robertson Nov 7, 2013.

Research on Family Child Care & Small Preschool Renovations to Create Natural Spaces

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, 2013.

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Comment by amy pertschuk on August 18, 2010 at 5:26am
Great suggestion Juliet. We were just talking about a book club for the Natural Families Network too -- for parents and event for children themselves. If NTN could develop the model -- others would follow. And, yes, many authors on this site.
Comment by Juliet Robertson on August 18, 2010 at 12:03am
Hi John and Everyone. I see that you've persuaded Herb to sign up! What might be fun is to have a "book club" about his new book here on C&NN Connect. I've participated in other online book clubs. Basically everyone is given a couple of months to buy the book and read it once it's published. Then a thread is created with a few questions at the top and everyone and anyone can chip in at any time. However if the author is prepared to add the odd comment or too it does make it a rather special thread.

I realise there's quite a few authors on this site. It might be something that they would enjoy doing with their books too!
Comment by Rodrigo Cavasini on August 17, 2010 at 2:04pm
Bigger the numbers of books, researches, articles in this lovely and unique area, better the chances that more teachers and parents get involved and more motivated to carry on outdoor classes and activities with their students and children. So, more children will spend their time in the outdoors, developing themselves in the nature, learning to respect and love the environment. I hope these books (Moving the Classroom Outdoors: Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning in Action and Snow Secrets) would be available soon.
Comment by John Thielbahr on August 17, 2010 at 12:17pm
Thanks all for these great posts and sharing. Juliet, you are a tech wonder...dare I say a natural tech wonder! The Coombes School is a wonderful project, and if Herb doesn't know about it, I am sure he will soon. I am urging him to get on this site to respond to these great posts.

Rosie, The Willow School also looks wonderful. Shame on us for not visiting it when we were in Princeton. Apparently, it is half way between Princeton and Morristown. Thanks for calling our attention to it again. Please keep the great comments going.

Lynn, we have heard a lot lately about connecting literacy to the natural world. Your book Snow Secrets will help that connection, so please keep us posted on it.
Comment by Lynn Levine on August 17, 2010 at 12:06pm
Over and over again I've had the experience of children who do not necessarily do well in the classroom are excellent observers in nature. So, I've written a fiction children's book for 9-12 year olds about two girls who are different kinds of learners and how they learn from each other. It is called Snow Secrets. It will be out in the fall. If anyone wants to know more I will be glad to give a fuller description.
Comment by Rosie Emery on August 17, 2010 at 11:52am
Thanks Juliet - thats great! I just tweeted it out! So creative, I love it!
Comment by Juliet Robertson on August 17, 2010 at 11:43am
Thanks for the link Rosie. I'm doing a series of blog posts about The Coombes School in England which give a good indication of the potential of school grounds/yards. All 600 children are outside daily for "classroom" activities.
Comment by Juliet Robertson on August 17, 2010 at 11:32am
Well thanks to the wonders of modern technology (I'm feeling rather proud of myself for managing this, btw) - I managed to download the iPad Kindle app and then download the book onto my iPad. I am reading it NOW - just 2hrs after John has flagged it up. My very first e-book is a right on outdoors one!

For UK folk following this thread, I'd recommend joining Learning Through Landscapes (England & Wales) or Grounds for Learning (Scotland). These school ground charities have lots of resources, support and information.
Comment by Rosie Emery on August 17, 2010 at 11:23am
Thanks for the heads up on Dr. Herb Broda's work - I love the title and concept of the book - Moving the Classroom Outdoors - Schoolyard Enhanced Learning in Action! Nature does indeed provide a wealth of lessons that can be incorporated into every discipline. The curriculum of Willow School in New Jersey is a good example of how nature can be so beautifully integrated into learning www.willowschool.org
Comment by Christy Schultz on August 17, 2010 at 10:59am
Sounds wonderful John, I'll look up his book. Hope the gathering went well...excited for the newsletter!
 

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