Beyond the Walls Extending Learning Beyond the Walls of a Classroom.

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<ul><li>Slide 1</li></ul> <p>Beyond the Walls Extending Learning Beyond the Walls of a Classroom Slide 2 Slide 3 We can teach from our experience, but we cant teach experience. - Sasha Azevedo Denver Museum of Natural History Park Hill Elementary, Denver, CO 1999 Moved to Bend Lava Ridge Elementary, Bend, OR 2008 - Ponderosa Elementary, Bend, OR Slide 4 Why take kids outside? Nature as Therapy Obesity Prevention Nurturing the Eighth Intelligence Future Stewards Improved Performance on Standardized Tests The Hook Slide 5 Time in nature is not leisure time, its an essential investment in our childrens health. Richard Louv Depression Rate of prescribed anti-depressants prescribed to children doubled in a 5 yr. period 1998-2002 From 1997-2003 50% decline in proportion of children ages 9-12 who spent time outside hiking, walking, fishing, gardening ADHD/ADD Many studies suggest spending time in nature is a useful therapy for ADHD/ADD 13 years of classroom anecdotal evidence confirms Stress/Anxiety Reduction 2/26 students had diagnosed anxiety disorders Over 100 studies show spending time in nature reduces stress Slide 6 Why take kids outside? Nature as Therapy Obesity Prevention Nurturing the Eighth Intelligence Future Stewards Improved Performance on Standardized Tests The Hook Slide 7 The Skinny on Fat Childhood Obesity has TRIPLED in last 30 yrs. Ages 6-111980 6.5%2008 19.6% Ages 12- 191980 5.02008 18.1 In U.S. Children ages 6-11 spend ~ 30 hours/week watching TV or on a computer Counterintuitive also the greatest increase in participation in organized sports Study in Norway/Sweden preschoolers who played in uneven natural VS flat playgrounds tested higher for motor fitness Slide 8 Why take kids outside? Nature as Therapy Obesity Prevention Nurturing the Eighth Intelligence Future Stewards Improved Performance on Standardized Tests The Hook Slide 9 I know if youre very good in music, I can predict with zero accuracy whether youre going to be good or bad in other things. - Howard Gardner 1983 7 intelligences included linguistic, logical, spatial, kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal 2003 Added Naturalist Intelligence Ability to recognize plants, animals, and other parts of the natural environment, like clouds and rocks. Leslie Owen Williams University of Wisconsin List of 10 Descriptors Slide 10 Why take kids outside? Nature as Therapy Obesity Prevention Nurturing the Eighth Intelligence Future Stewards Improved Performance on Standardized Tests The Hook Slide 11 Why take kids outside? Nature as Therapy Obesity Prevention Nurturing the Eighth Intelligence Future Stewards Improved Performance on Standardized Tests The Hook Slide 12 Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts. - Albert Einstein State Education and Environmental Roundtable 150 schools in 16 states with environmental based Gains in science, language arts, social studies and math Hotchkiss Elementary SchoolDallas, TX Passing rates of 4 th graders in environment based program vs traditional class = 13% higher Sunnyside Environmental K-8Portland, OR Consistently scores higher than state average in reading, math, writing, science My class outperforms district and state averages Slide 13 Why take kids outside? Nature as Therapy Obesity Prevention Nurturing the Eighth Intelligence Future Stewards Improved Performance on Standardized Tests The Hook Slide 14 Whats Preventing YOU? Slide 15 Whats Preventing You? Fear safety, legal, behavior The 3 Rs From the Black Lagoon Cost Investment of Time Proximity to Nature Unsupportive Administrators/District Policy Slide 16 By failing to prepare, youre preparing to fail. - Benjamin Franklin Visit the Site First Parent Volunteers /Background checks Permission Slips/Medical Release Forms First Aid Kit/Epi-Pen Worst behaved are often the Best behaved Slide 17 Whats Preventing You? Fear The 3 Rs From the Black Lagoon Cost Investment of Time Proximity to Nature Unsupportive Administrators/District Policy Slide 18 In school youre taught a lesson and then given a test. In life youre given a test and then taught a lesson. - Tom Bodett Whats tested is taught! Since No Child Left Behind: 46% Increase in Language Arts 37% Increase in Math The Solution? INTEGRATE INTEGRATE Slide 19 Whats Preventing You? Fear The 3 Rs From the Black Lagoon Cost Investment of Time Proximity to Nature Can you identify Unsupportive Administrators/District Policy Slide 20 A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you dont need it. - Bob Hope Go Local - Walking Trips Ask for Free/Reduced Entrance Fees Field Trip Grants Dont Go it Alone Slide 21 Whats Preventing You? Fear stranger danger, kids The 3 Rs From the Black Lagoon Cost Investment of Time Proximity to Nature Unsupportive Administrators/District Policy Slide 22 Come together, right now, over me. - John Lennon/Paul McCartney Slide 23 Whats Preventing You? Fear stranger danger, kids The 3 Rs From the Black Lagoon Cost Investment of Time Proximity to Nature Unsupportive Administrators/District Policy Slide 24 To get out of the box, you have to think outside of the box! Slide 25 Whats Preventing You? Fear stranger danger, kids The 3 Rs From the Black Lagoon Cost Investment of Time Proximity to Nature Can you identify Unsupportive Administrators/District Policy Slide 26 There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. - Mark Twain Arm Yourself With Statistics Bring Them Along Enlist Parent Support Focus on What you Can Do, Not What You Cant </p>