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Finding Inspiration for Outdoor Learning
A profile of an award-winning teacher’s strategies for getting all students in her school outdoors more often
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October 20, 2017
Green Teacher

 

Photos: Matthew Broda

Originally appears in the Fall 2017 issue

Laura Grimm has two doors in her classroom. Very conveniently, one of them opens directly to the schoolyard!
The other door opens into Laura’s indoor classroom. She is the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) teacher (K-8) for a small, rural Ohio school district. Every day she teaches classes while also serving as a STEAM resource for teachers in her building.
Laura represents all teachers who care deeply about helping children to understand the natural world. Her accomplishments help us to recognize opportunities in our own situations.

Laura’s commitment to outdoor learning began over twenty years ago with one of those classrooms with two doors. She regularly used one door to take her class outside for activities that enriched the curriculum and made abstract concepts more concrete in all areas of the curriculum — not only science. But even if you have only one door in your classroom, you can still replicate many of Laura’s activities and projects.


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