Lessons Outside of the Classroom

Teachers have a mostly thankless job. You know it. When you teach in the classroom, how many times do you see the eyes of students glaze over? Maybe what they need is a change of scenery. But how? You can’t just stop teaching every time a student gets bored. Maybe you could try moving the class outside. You can still teach, and it may be more interesting.

Bringing Videos Outside

One of the challenges of moving a classroom outside is the efficacy of the lesson. Can your students still get work done? It takes a little planning, but yes, they can. How? Use videos. Yes, videos. All you need is a YouTube Downloader and some YouTube videos relevant to your lesson.

For example, let’s say you’re teaching science. You want to both entertain and educate your students. Depending on their age and maturity, you could one of several popular YouTube science channels and start downloading videos to watch on a tablet or laptop.

This could be used in any number of ways to help students better understand what you’re about to show them. You could, for instance, show them the life cycle of a butterfly via video before showing them actual butterflies outside

outside-lessonsYou could show them videos of various rock formations before hunting around the school grounds for different stones.

You could show a video about photosynthesis while sitting in tall, green, grass. Help your students connect to the world around them by showing them things on the perceptual level and using videos to explain more conceptual information.

Going On A Field Trip To A Local Business

Learning doesn’t always have to take place outside or in the classroom. Taking a trip to a local business can teach students a lot about capitalism, economics, and business ethics. Depending on what you want to teach, it can also give them a better understanding of scientific principles

For example, let’s say you want to teach your students something about how money moves in an economy. You could arrange a special, private, meeting with a small business owner. Take a small group to the business and do a “tour” of the facilities. The students get to see the inner workings of a company – from product creation to final sale.

Or consider a field trip to a chocolate factory. Suppose your students are interested in the science behind emulsion – the mixing of two substances that normally won’t mix together. Chocolate powder is a great example of this. It doesn’t mix well with most things, and it certainly can’t be formed into a bar without a little science in the background. A chocolate factory is a great way to demonstrate this scientific principle and how it works.

Going Outside To Write

Sometimes, the classroom setting inhibits creativity. It’s sunny outside. The birds are chirping. This is where most of the eyes in the classroom are anyway. Why not go out in it and allow students to write outside? Who knows, some students might compose their best work while sitting in soft grass.

Remember to respect Intellectual Property.