I work in an amazing art integrated public school in Kentucky. Our students audition and are accepted into our school for creative and performing arts. This makes for a very unique and wonderful teaching and learning environment. Though all our students have the commonality of being identified as talented in their focus arts areas, we have a diverse population of students with a wide range of academic interests and abilities that come from all over our city.
My students are highly motivated and hardworking children.
Because of their diverse educational backgrounds, they have all had different scientific and math experience than each other, but providing engaging and motivating hands-on experiences and online tools in the lab allows all my students the ability to teach and learn from one another and achieve success. Students get an "insider's view" of how engineers apply mathematical skills and scientific knowledge to solve problems. In my classroom, we think and wonder, wonder and think, each and every day. It is my intention to create 21st Century thinkers and problem solvers.
School gardens are a wonderful way to get outside of the classroom, reconnect students with the natural world and the true source of their food, and teach them valuable gardening and agriculture concepts and skills that integrate with multiple subjects including math, science, art, health and physical education, and social studies. School gardens can also help students meet other educational goals including developing personal and social responsibility.
My school wants to help plant a vegetable garden so that they can try growing their own food.
They will need vegetable and herb seeds and planters. Planting these veggie seeds, watching them grow in their own classrooms, and then transitioning them outside will provide them a rich hands on experience.
I can see so many amazing benefits to teaching my students how to grow vegetables in their own school garden including an increase in teamwork, patience, confidence, and healthy eating habits. Students will learn focus and patience, cooperation, teamwork and social skills. It takes a long time for those veggies to grow! They will be taking notes and drawing pictures on their notepads (mini versions of the older grades' pads). They will gain self-confidence along with knowledge of food growing. In addition, garden-based teaching addresses different learning styles and intelligences; our non-readers can blossom in the garden! Finally, students become more fit and healthy as they spend more time active in the outdoors and start choosing healthy foods over junk food.
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