Benefits include better attitudes about nature, improved health and increased motivation. With these reasons included, we’ve explored seven reasons why it’s beneficial to teach your lessons outside.
1. Engage Students in Learning
Especially when the weather is sunny outside, it can be hard to engage students who want to be running about in the fresh air. Getting your students in the sunshine is a great way to reignite their engagement in their work, reinforce a positive attitude to it, take responsibility for their own learning and help the general ethos of your class. There’s so many ways to take learning outside too – you could have maths lessons on finding out the measurements on things, science lessons on types of trees or life cycles and English lessons on drama.
2. Better Behaviour
As mentioned above, taking students outside to learn can bring about a better engagement with their learning, and this can mean a general improvement in behaviour. Not only this, if you’re having lessons that are varied and being in and out of the classroom, you may find that your students’ attendance will improve as they’ll be excited about their day.
3. Better Health
Outdoor learning opportunities also give your students a great opportunity for some fresh air and exercise. What’s more, getting outdoors during lessons is a fantastic way of encouraging students to get involved in outdoor pursuits in their spare time and maintaining a healthy lifestyle in future.
4. Better Attitudes About the Environment
When students are exposed to the outside more, this can develop a connection and appreciation for nature and the exposure to scents and sounds, etc. Being outside more gives students an improved attitude toward the outdoors, more motivation for finding out what’s in their local area and an increase in general environmental awareness. This is an excellent way of developing them into people who care about the environment that’s difficult to get in the classroom.
5. Nurtures Creativity
When students are outside of the classroom, they’re immediately able to let their minds explore and you can end up with more creative results whatever you’re teaching. This is a huge bonus if you’re looking for imaginative work, particularly for creative writing for instance.
6. Enhances Communication Skills
When students are outside of the classroom and doing an experiment which can easily be done outside, and working as a team to solve problems, this means they’ll need to communicate altogether, contribute ideas and give each other feedback. With this, they’ll be more engaged and motivated to learn so they’ll improve communication and teamwork skills.
7. Great Memories of School
We bet you remember your school trips outside and maybe even some lessons taken outdoors too. Students will gain fantastic memories from having lessons outside which may not only help them for their future tests but will give them more memories for their futures.
Happy outdoor learning!