Increasing classroom engagement through outdoor lessons

Teachers wishing to offer lessons in nature may hold back for fear of leaving students keyed up and unable to concentrate in subsequent, indoor lessons. This study tested the hypothesis that lessons in nature have positive—not negative—aftereffects on subsequent classroom engagement. Using carefully matched pairs of lessons (one in a relatively natural outdoor setting and one indoors), we observed subsequent classroom engagement during an indoor instructional period, replicating these comparisons over 10 different topics and weeks in the school year, in each of two third grade classrooms.

Source: Frontiers | Do Lessons in Nature Boost Subsequent Classroom Engagement? Refueling Students in Flight | Psychology

Put your fears to rest, learning outdoors is beneficial!

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