Outdoor Learning – Why It’s Important Now More Than Ever | Editorial

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From early childhood to IB, outdoor learning is an integral part of every student’s learning journey. Learning that takes place beyond the classroom provides unique and memorable learning experiences that enhance academic ability, well-being, and environmental stewardship.

Here are some of the benefits of learning outdoors.
  1. Create memorable learning experiences

Research suggests that learning that takes place in a variety of environments helps create novelty, which allows students to benefit from their learning experience at a later date. Learning outside of the classroom can create opportunities for a deeper understanding of the topic through hands-on activities. Such activities create an engaging experience that allows children to actively adopt the skill at hand and remember those skills as part of the experiential learning activity. The result is that children are later able to recall the skills and knowledge that were learned while simultaneously recalling the fun experience they had learning them! This experiential learning has been a foundation of pedagogy since Aristotle’s time, and has been a golden thread in the foundations of the philosophy of education around the world.

  1. Outdoor learning facilitates knowledge transfer

Experiential interactions improve children’s levels of metacognition, thinking and knowledge transfer. A lesson learned in an outdoor experience will be a lesson transferred to many aspects of life. Through outdoor learning, children learn to understand their character and limitations, while also having the opportunity to reach their full potential and embrace all that their environment has to offer. They will learn to be confident in the face of new challenges, while being assured of their own abilities. The hunger Games novels, for example, stress the importance of survival skills over combat skills. As part of their program, students learn that the result of many historical events, such as wars, was often due to the inability to meet basic survival needs rather than fight. Students can reinforce this knowledge through their own outside understanding of basic survival skills, and in turn can gain empathy and a deeper understanding of historical events while being able to use this experience in comparisons in English.

  1. Outdoor learning promotes well-being and environmental stewardship

It is well known that spending time outdoors helps us connect with others, with ourselves and with the environment. It has also been shown to increase mindfulness and even scientifically revitalize the body! Studies show that more time outdoors promotes happiness, boosts energy and helps get a good night’s sleep; but it also helps us appreciate the environment and encourages us to take care of it!More often than not, schools strive to integrate the outdoor environment into school curricula around the world. The St Andrews International Schools Group in Thailand is at the forefront of outdoor education, with outdoor assemblies and integrated forest school programs, as well as some of Thailand’s most unique outdoor school environments. . Outdoor learning is adopted and children benefit from regular interactions with nature. So what’s stopping you from learning outdoors today?For more information visit the St Andrews School of Sathorn website.

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