Brain-Compatible Learning by Jane McGeehan
Neuroscientists are mapping the pathways between body and
brain, providing tangible evidence of the benefits of
hands-on, experiential learning. The author explains the
educational implications of current brain research findings.
Successful School Composting by Rhea Dawn Mahar
Successful school composting programs have in common a
supportive educational program, school-wide participation,
and a consistent maintenance schedule. This article examines
the various elements that were needed to successfully
implement school composting programs in a number of schools
throughout Canada and the U.S.
Greening High Schools: Leaping Subject Barriers by Barbara Kerby and John Egana
This article discusses the unique set of challenges faced by
secondary schools attempting school ground greening projects.
The author offers solutions to these challenges, and
demonstrates the positive impact that greening projects can
have specifically on high schools, particularly in promoting
subject integration, and forging links among students,
teachers and the surrounding community.
Tips and Tricks for Taking Kids Outside by Nalani McCutcheon and Andrea Swanson
Teaching in a classroom without walls can be discomforting at
first. The authors offer useful advice for teachers who would
like to move their classroom outdoors.
Catching the Rain: Retention Ponds and Natural
Wetlands by Jackie Oblak
Establishing a natural wetlands on your school ground is an
ideal way to provide students with a living example of an
ecosystem at work, and to capture runoff and reduce water
pollution while providing habitat for a variety of organisms.
The author explores the issues and challenges involved in
creating a wetland on your school ground.
Schoolyard Ponds: Safety and Liability by Sharon Gamson Danks
Schoolyard ponds create potential safety hazards for your
students. However, with creative thinking, you can meet
safety requirements without sacrificing the educational and
aesthetic potential of your pond.
Moving Math Outdoors by Char Bezanson and Judith Killion
Schoolyard math problems invite subject integration and
answer that age-old question "When am I ever going to
use this?" The authors' share their favorite outdoor
School Grounds in a Box by Ann Coffey
The author examines what is involved in creating a physical
model of your school ground greening project. This important
first step in the process of schoolyard transformation will
help you to assess your site, try out design ideas and
always, over 20 new educational resources are profiled and
evaluated in this issue of Green Teacher.