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Green schoolyards as an element of reform

from Education Week (commentary)

What motivates a child to learn? Children are active social beings who have an innate curiosity about the world around them. We should be using these attributes as a springboard into the vast and wonderful world of learning. One way to do this is through a "green schoolyard" that dispenses with the chairs, desks, walls, ceiling, chalkboards, and just about everything else found in an indoor classroom. It is an open, active space that is asymmetrical and sensory-rich, with things to touch, smell, hear, observe, and, yes, even taste. It is a patch of land surrounded by a real-world neighborhood. It teems with possibilities and beckons children to embark together on a journey of discovery. more


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