Real life learning outdoors is an important part of school curriculum, because learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom anymore.
At Bettendorf Middle School, students spent time outdoors putting together wooden garden boxes, which later they filled with plants that were drought resistant. Meanwhile, another group of ten students in the same seventh grade class researched the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Language arts teacher Nikki Armstrong is encouraging her seventh graders to learn more than literacy and grammar. She is preparing the way for project based learning.
“My kids shouldn’t be leaving my room with just an understanding of basic grammatical rules and sentence structure,” said Armstrong. “They need to leave with a larger sense of the world around them, and that’s what I strive for.”