Herb Broda
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"10 Innovative Nature-Centric Projects & Programs for Your Students"

"Natural Teachers Network showcases innovative outdoor learning projects and programs from around the country and around the world. Here are a few of our favorites to help inspire and guide your next…Continue

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Professor of Education/author
Ashland University
In addition to teaching at Ashland University, I am the author of Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning: Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool. I am eager to help teachers explore ways to use the school grounds as a teaching tool.

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Using the Schoolyard as a Teaching Tool

The concept of teaching with the sky for a ceiling and the natural landscape as an audio-visual

tool is both challenging and empowering. At a time when natural curiosity about the outdoors

is being eclipsed by the demands of busy schedules and the ever-present glow of video screens,

schools may become the only place where children are encouraged to interact…


Posted on December 13, 2010 at 1:22pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:06pm on August 18, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Herb, It was a delight to meet at the Gathering. I'm thrilled that you've been contributing so much and so richly to the forum. I look forward to continuing discussion and collaboration.
At 12:00am on August 18, 2010, Juliet Robertson said…
Hello Herb

Thanks for joining C&NN Connect. I'm already reading you book! It's really interesting in that the advice is very similar to the sort of thing myself and other school grounds practitioners advise over here.

John mentioned that you've got a new book about to be published. What might be fun is to have a "book club" about it 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. 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.

Oh yes, before I forget, I'd be interested in any feedback on my blog, "I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!" Over the summer I've written a series of posts about The Coombes School which is a stunning example of taking learning outdoors. There's already one book written about this school, The Creative School. However another book is due to be published in 2011 called The Coombes Approach.

Thanks for getting in touch.

Best wishes
At 9:29pm on July 1, 2010, John Thielbahr said…
Hi Herb. Many thanks for your reply and offer to help with the newsletter. Your suggestion is perfect. I will begin an email conversation with Tamra and Cheryl and you shortly to set up a time to chat some time during the week of July 26 to accommodate schedule conflicts between now and then. Best wishes, John
At 3:52pm on July 1, 2010, Suz Lipman said…
Hi Herb! I'll echo John's welcome to our forum and community. I'm delighted you found us and look forward to your contributions. I also hope you'll find this a rich source of resources and discussion. Two of our groups you may be interested in joining are: the Natural Teachers Network and Children's Built Environments. I hope to see you again soon.
At 8:05pm on June 30, 2010, John Thielbahr said…
Welcome Herb! Cheryl has told me about your wonderful book, and another children and nature colleague Tamra Willis told me yesterday that she uses it in her classes with great success. As Cheryl mentioned, we are in the beginning stages of creating a newsletter for those who have registered on the Natural Teachers Network site, about 2000 to date. Of those, 100 have signed up on our Ning social networking site. Tamra has offered to help get the newsletter started, and we would love to have your input as well. Contributions from you book would be terrific. Would you be receptive to a conference call some time later this month? Very glad to have you aboard. John

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