“The Sin of Bustle”

        Here’s an interesting concept– the “sin of bustle”! Although coined by philosopher William James long before smartphones, email and social media, the term certainly fits our culture today. Busyness is clearly the norm, but our frantic love affair with time saving devices has ironically created less […]

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The value of spending time together outdoors…

The philosopher William James had a great term for it – “The sin of bustle.” Although written long before smartphones, email and social media, the term certainly fits our culture today. Busyness is clearly the norm, but unfortunately our frantic pre-occupation with time saving devices has ironically created less time […]


Blue skies and puffy clouds… Cloud activities

Warmer days, blue skies, puffy clouds…it doesn’t get much better! Remember when you looked up at the sky on one of those magical days when the sky is blue, and billowy clouds lazily change shape as they glide overhead? It’s a sure winner to take students outside and just lean […]

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Teaching with Tracks

Be snow detectives this winter! A snowy landscape can look pretty empty, but animal signs are everywhere. Help your students use their super sleuth eyes to spot activity outside. Looking for animal tracks can be a springboard to all types of curriculum-related activities. A great place to find tracks is […]


Tips for Using Volunteers in the Outdoor Classroom

It’s never too early to start thinking about how to use parent volunteers in your outdoor learning program. Site enhancements like flower beds, gardens, paths and bird feeders need more time and attention than you or the school maintenance staff can provide. Recently a parent pointed out to me that […]

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