learning al fresco

At least once a week I walk through the picnic table area in the ‘courtyard’ of the portables and think to myself how lucky we are to have a space like that.  I’ve seen so many different learning activities going on there including science labs, small group work, tutoring, partner work and just a change of environment.  Combine all this with the fact that we live in an area that enjoys moderate weather for a large part of the year and we have a learning environment that some schools around the country would sell their souls for 🙂  Perhaps that kudos should go to the teachers who find great ways to use that space as a ways to extend their classrooms.

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2 thoughts on “learning al fresco

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing the article Beth! I found it interesting that the study indicated just changing the location of where you study could increase retention. I wonder if that would hold true if we simply asked students to move around the classroom or change desks for a review. I remember a bit about ‘state dependent memory’ from psych 101 in college and it talked about returning to the place and state you are in when you learned something would help you recall it, or something along those lines. Certainly something to think about. Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂

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