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Ideas for taking learning outdoors

As the weather (hopefully) gets warmer and the year draws to a close, Karen Sullivan urges teachers to take their classes outside…

Two evenings ago, I sat in a hot, airless university lecture hall listening to what was a very interesting panel. However, I struggled to concentrate in the heat and felt more like sleeping than engaging.

With the warmer summer weather upon us, I imagine that a good proportion of teachers and students will be feeling much as I did, and there is a simple solution: take your classroom outside.

There are multiple health benefits (emotional and physical) to outdoor learning and after a year of a punishing curriculum and undoubtedly some exams thrown in, it could provide perfect respite from the heat and the pressure. Moreover, with a generation of students who spend far too much time bent over screens or lolling in front of them, we can perhaps encourage them to take in some all-important sunlight and fresh air.

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