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Advantages to taking classroom-based lessons outdoors

 

Advantages to taking classroom-based lessons outdoors

 

I think we can all agree that it’s sometimes better to be outside rather than cooped up indoors. But what exactly are the benefits for children in education, and what’s the science behind it? There are legitimate benefits, from the physiological side of things to the social benefits, and we’ve listed just some of them below, as well as the best approach when doing so.

 

Creates a Unique Learning Environment

The school campus provides a wonderful and unique learning environment for your students when you have access to classes outdoors. The outdoors serves as an excellent stress reliever, therefore boosting the children’s well-being as they get ready for learning. Plus, encouraging variation within the lesson plans helps keep pupils motivated. If they come back to the same old, repeating lessons, their academic progress will decline. Therefore, they will be more enthusiastic to come into school, and apply their best efforts.

 

As well as this, outdoor learning allows a child’s mind to explore their creativity, and let their imagination run wild. With the example of story writing in English lessons, their creative writing will be enhanced when their senses are filled with amazing opportunities of nature. Creativity is one of the leading qualities in a child’s success, whether it’s to prepare them for the future, or aid in their current education. There’s no doubt that creativity has a direct, positive effect on a student’s work.

 

Increases participation in lessons

The best strategy to boost student engagement in lessons is to take them into a brand-new place where they’re surrounded by nature. Children can become more attentive to the lesson or tasks being done while outside, and away from the restrictions indoors. This is simply down to the fact that they forget about any pressures, or distractions back inside. The entire approach is ideal for relaxing any students who are having difficulties with the tasks given to them. Therefore, it allows them to gradually work through their challenges. With more participation in class, the quieter students may feel more involved, helping to increase the overall engagement among the students.

 

Children are more focused and motivated to learn inside the classroom after finishing their outside lesson and returning inside, as they feel more relaxed and prepared to take on their next lesson. Students will also be more likely to be cooperative as they listen to you, since they are in a new, peaceful setting.

 

Cools down the class members

This may sound like a pretty silly benefit, but this small adjustment makes all the difference. Just think, on a hot day, with a bunch of agitated and sweaty students, productivity and effort is at its low point. Therefore, having that option available will help elevate not only your student care, but the care for yourself. Working in a hot classroom, is just as difficult, and in a much cooler environment both you and the students feel better and prepared for the lesson.

 

Helps Get the Class Moving!

Physical exercise is important, and it is not guaranteed students achieve this in their breaks throughout the day. Use different techniques to get the class outdoors and moving. This can be done through simple games. For example in maths, you could place numbers in different places of the playground, and ask the students a question. They then have to make their way to what they think the correct answer is. Whatever game you choose, make sure it maintains the balance of physical activity and the important lesson content. Physical activity actually helps improve your cognitive health, aiding in problem-solving and many other things. So as well as helping them physically, it helps them mentally, with their academic studies.

 

So let’s recap. Outdoor lessons not only keep the students motivated, but allows them to connect with nature, enriching their creativity and productivity at the same time. So why not add a bit of fresh air to your lesson plans? Introduce your students to the great outdoors, today.