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Place-Based Learning

Location, location, location! See what happens when schoolwork explores students' connections with local history, environment, culture, or economy.

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  • 7 Tips for Moving Learning Outside

    Though it can seem daunting, getting students outdoors for even 30 minutes offers many benefits, during the pandemic and beyond. This checklist can help get you started.
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  • Using Origami to Teach Children About Endangered Animals

    As elementary students turn squares of paper into animals they’re studying, the age-old Japanese art form makes lessons more memorable.
    Joshua Chrosniak
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  • Students attend class in an outdoor classroom at Bentley Primary School

    With Safety in Mind, Schools Take Classes Outdoors

    There are plenty of logistics to consider, but educators say outdoor classes keep kids and teachers safer—and provide much-needed fresh air.
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  • An illustration of community and environmental concerns

    Building a Sustainable Future—One Classroom at a Time

    A mini-golf course, a canoe trip down the local river, a discussion about environmental justice. Here’s how schools are teaching students about environmental science.
    495
  • Student completing a science drawing assignment outside

    Simple Ways to Bring Learning Outside

    Going outside helps students focus, and activities for classes from social studies to math can incorporate the natural world.
    783
  • A class off the school bus next to the river taking notes

    5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

    An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
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  • Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

    Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

    When we are faced with challenges, our brains are activated to learn new things—so long as a foundation of safety, belonging, and trust is there as well.
    288
  • Two high school students doing field work next to a river

    A Place-Based Approach to PBL

    A veteran teacher and author discusses how to bring fieldwork into your project-based learning curriculum.
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  • A group of teachers are having a meeting.

    Connecting Student Learning Across Subjects

    When teachers collaborate on projects across subjects, they can drive engagement in all of their classes.
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  • A young boy is looking at a fluorescent coral reef museum exhibit.

    When Your School Is a Museum

    In Grand Rapids, Michigan, an award-winning school has been the catalyst for a district turnaround after a 20-year decline.
    974
  • A group of students are helping each other to work on their group project.

    Place-Based Learning: A Multifaceted Approach

    Connecting learning to students’ surroundings—the buildings, the landscape—covers content goals and builds community pride.
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  • Several high school students and a female teacher are seated, looking at a presentation board.

    Turning the Community Into a Classroom

    See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
    915
  • Bringing Core Content to Life With Outdoor Education

    Bringing Core Content to Life With Outdoor Education

    When students step out of the classroom and explore the concepts they’ve learned about, they deepen their understanding of science, themselves, and the world.
  • Group of teacehrs and students are on a field trip. They're walking in a green field.

    Learning Kids Can Put Their Hands On

    Taking kids outside—whatever environment your school is in—provides a new path to engagement in learning.
    801
  • Expansive Classrooms: Taking Learning Outside

    Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.
    716

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