The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley developed the Full Option Science System (FOSS) curriculum. The FOSS program offers science notebook resources for teachers designed for grades K-2, grades 3-6, and middle school.
Cornell advocates the "Flow Learning™ sequence." He discusses Flow Learning in the video above. Stage one involves activities that awaken enthusiasm, with the goal of fostering playfulness and alertness. Stage two involves activities that focus attention. Receptivity is the goal of these activities. Stage three offers direct experience to participants, with activities that promote communing with nature. And, in stage four, participants share inspiration by engaging in activities that promote idealism. Cornell provides the age level for each of his activities. The “Sound Map” activity, for instance, helps to focus the attention of children (and adults) ages 5 and older.
Sharing Nature® Worldwide. "Flow Learning." Online video clip. Sharing Nature® Worldwide. Sharing Nature® Worldwide, 2015. Web. 22 Feb. 2016. Used with permission of Sharing Nature® Worldwide.
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A widely-read article in Nature by Elie Dolgin reports that short-sightedness “now affects around half of young adults in the United States and Europe — double the prevalence of half a century ago.”
Many ophthalmologists and endocrinologists suggest one way to address this ongoing myopia epidemic: increasing children’s exposure to daylight. However, finding ways to do that on an everyday basis is a major challenge for schools, education professionals and parents. This article discusses that challenge, suggests one quick and practical approach and offers three ideas to help school administrators, teachers and caregivers increase both quality learning and outdoor play time for young and very young children.
The Three-Hours-a-Day Challenge
The number of short-sighted young people is rising fast. It is tempting to blame the situation on the overuse of electronic devices and prolonged screen time; however, the core of the problem lies first and foremost in the spaces where each of us now lives, learns and works. Dolgin writes in his article, The Myopia Boom:
“Retinal dopamine is normally produced on a diurnal cycle — ramping up during the day — and it tells the eye to switch from rod-based, nighttime vision to cone-based, daytime vision. Researchers now suspect that under dim (typically indoor) lighting, the cycle is disrupted, with consequences for eye growth.”
This collection of resources provides inspiration and strategies for teachers to support outdoor learning opportunities.