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Spring Awakening – See How the Garden Grows

With the help of a US Fish and Wildlife Service grant, Pacific Middle School in Vancouver is restoring a garden, teaching about agriculture and sustainability while getting children outside to learn about soil, plants, pollinators, and ecosystems reprinted from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region pring has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, bringing […]

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Do It Yourself First: Leading Student-Directed Inquiry

Do It Yourself First: Leading Student-Directed Inquiry by Jim Martin CLEARING guest writer f you’ve never taken your elementary, middle, or secondary students out of the classroom to learn, and can’t find a helpful mentor or workshop, it’s okay to learn to use the real world to generate curricula and teach for understanding rather than […]

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My Passion

by Bobbie Snead Straub Environmental Learning Center he male osprey swoops down to join his mate on the enormous stick nest in Minto Brown Park.  Sixty yards away, the third graders from a local elementary school gasp and clap in delight.  I’ve taught them about ospreys in their classroom and now they’re getting to see […]

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Lessons for teaching in the environment and community — 21

“Lessons for Teaching in the Environment and Community” is a regular series that explores how teachers can gain the confidence to go into the world outside of their classrooms for a substantial piece of their curricula. Part 21: Where Brains Learn Some cognitive particulars about learning in the real world by Jim Martin, CLEARING guest […]

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Lessons for teaching in the environment and community — 20

“Lessons for Teaching in the Environment and Community” is a regular series that explores how teachers can gain the confidence to go into the world outside of their classrooms for a substantial piece of their curricula. Part 20: Beginning at the Beginning . by Jim Martin, CLEARING guest writer n the last blog, we looked […]

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