Maybe we should teach topics about nature…mixed with a little nature!! Go outside! Get muddy, scrape a knee, step in a puddle, pull a leaf off of a tree! These experiences are crucial to building connections between theory and reality!
These days it seems more and more time is spent indoors, and I feel that there is one place that can help mitigate that issue - the classroom. If students are going to learn about the natural world and plants and critters, then they need to also experience these things in a meaningful way!
We’ve all been there, you open your notes from class and there it is: a long, outline-form narrative of black ink. Somehow you have to convince your mind to wade through this jungle of bullet points and determine what information is important and should be retained. Eventually your brain just gives up and you suddenly become very interested in the informercial on tv.
Have some pity on your brain, or your students’ brains.