BOSTON (CBS) – A new study out of the United Kingdom finds that learning in the great outdoors for as little as an hour a week can do wonders both for children and teachers alike.
Researchers interviewed teachers and engaged 9 to 11-year-olds in focus groups at three primary schools in Wales which taught classes for at least an hour a week outside of the building.READ MORE: Pop-Up Clinic Held In Mattapan, Where COVID Vaccination Rate Remains Low
The students said when they were learning outdoors, they felt they had more freedom, were more able to express themselves, and enjoyed being able to move around more.READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's Developments
Teachers said their students were more engaged and they themselves reported greater job satisfaction and personal well-being.MORE NEWS: Provincetown COVID Cluster Climbs To 430 Cases; 342 Are Massachusetts Residents
The researchers say schools should try to incorporate more outdoor learning for the benefit of the entire class.