Nature Inspired Books & Research

Responding to Nature: Natural Environments Improves Parent-Child Communication

Published by Alix Marschani on 23rd July 2021 at 11:43 am | No Comments

This study has a unique focus, namely how natural environments affects individuals, especially parent-child interactions outdoors. Surprisingly, considering the growing research in outdoor education, the authors identify a gap in the literature regarding communication and interaction outdoors. The authors used a novel experimental design, which demonstrated that parent-child communication is more responsive and connected in […]

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A lesson from Charles Mackesy

Published by Alix Marschani on 17th February 2021 at 11:41 am | No Comments

It was simple to download the drawing from Charles Mackesy’s twitter account and distribute to the Y3 bubble class. And as always, leaving the task to their interpretation, following a reading of the ‘The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse’. We had a discussion about the characters and what they meant to us […]

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Educating with Purpose: The heart of what matters

Published by Alix Marschani on 12th December 2020 at 10:24 am | No Comments

Has the Covid-19 pandemic given you time to reflect upon what schooling should be about? Stephen Tierney has written ‘Educating with Purpose: the heart of what matters’ during the global pandemic to examine this very question. Stephen Tierney, a retired secondary and primary headteacher from Blackpool UK believes the global pandemic has been a unique […]

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Living in the weather world: reconnection as a path to sustainability

Published by Alix Marschani on 26th September 2020 at 11:21 am | 1 Comment

Do you ever question the emphasis upon sunny weather over fog, mist, rain and snow? Could this impact upon how we relate and respond to the natural world? Living in a weather-world means we must embrace all weather types, insists Arran Stibbe, if we are to help people engage with the environmental issues we face […]

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Engaging children’s interest in insect hotels

Published by Alix Marschani on 13th July 2020 at 11:24 am | No Comments

What is the best way to engage young children in insect hotels? Many of us dot bought insect houses about our outdoor areas, but do we stop to consider their educational value or purpose? Do children actually remember they are there? When did you last take a peep and note any insects? This research paper […]

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What educators can learn from Monty Roberts

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th June 2020 at 5:00 pm | No Comments

Learning how to manage behaviour from a different discipline can bring insights into the work of any educator. While reading this book written by a master of horsemanship, I became reflective of practice, confirming in my mind the need for educators to be more questioning of directed teaching, enforcing rules and how we deal with […]

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