Nurturing Students with Special Needs in Nature

What is a reading forest and how might it benefit children with disabilities? Read all about it in this article from the Guardian: Our children with SEN benefit from how the outdoors relieves stress and anxiety, develops social skills, motivates learning across the curriculum (and beyond) and allows them to …

Urban Schools and Outdoor Learning

Great article from The Guardian on Five easy ways urban schools can experiment with outdoor learning. Just go outside – ask, can we do this outside? Small is okay – even a small outdoor space can have container gardens, bucket ponds, logs or bug houses. Bring nature indoors – plant seeds, catch …

Rock that Recess…

I sit at my desk and hear the crowds of children on the playground at our neighborhood school – where does all that exuberant noise come from? And where does it go by the time we become adults?  Jill Valet over at Edutopia explores the proven benefits of recess, including improved …

VoiceThread Redux

I think I mentioned VoiceThread before – the marvelous web site that lets you present a slide show and record comments, captions & doodles. The other innovation of VoiceThread is you can invite others to comment as well, creating a visually guided dialog about… well, anything. One of my favorites: …

Biology of Plants

Biology of Plants provides students with a clear, accurate introduction to plants as living things, plant growth, plant parts, making food, pollination, seed dispersal and adaptations.

The Learning Toolbox

The Learning Toolbox, from James Madison University’s special education program, provides tools, strategies and resources to help students with learning difficulties become better learners. When you arrive on the site, you can choose “I am a Student,” “I am a Teacher,” or “I am a Parent,” which takes you to …