Every teacher can be a natural teacher
NJSACC is a partner of the Children and Nature Network.
The Children and Nature Network has just launched a network that is a perfect fit for us
afterschool folk who brave the elements and take kids outdoors!
See below and see if you want to be part of a national movement .
It does not cost a penny-but the return is great!
Did you know?
Children’s classroom behavior is better if they have recess
School gardens positively impact children’s learning and behavior
Natural views from high school positively impact students’ academic achievement and behavior
When educators connect children and nature—learning happens! From schoolyard gardens to community-based outdoor projects, classroom and home school teachers and non-formal educators are using the natural world as a powerful learning environment—whether the subject is biology, writing, art, or any other.
We at the Children & Nature Network are taking notice and want to do our part to encourage, support and honor these “Natural Teachers.”
That’s why we are starting the Natural Teachers Network (NTN), initially a web-based place for educators to gather and share stories, lesson ideas, and experiences in connecting children with nature. The NTN will provide a home for Natural Teachers as they network with their peers and share both successes and challenges of taking students outside for natural learning
Please join us.
Whether you are a Natural Teacher in schools, parks, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies, or someone who wants to learn more about the process, we invite you to join the Natural Teachers Network today. By joining, you will find support for your efforts, through teacher-to-teacher connections and sharing. Additionally, we plan to provide a Natural Teachers toolkit, with resources that will help you continue to act on your conviction that “nature is often the best teacher.”
If you are not familiar with the Children & Nature Network or would like to get an update on the movement, please go to www.childrenandnature.org and be sure to click through to the Natural Teachers Network registration page and the social networking Ning site, with hundreds of members with diverse backgrounds around the globe. Be sure to browse all the unique Groups that have been established on the social networking site, and all of the places where discussions and sharing of ideas are taking place.