2011 Principal Winner
School: Burgess-Peterson Academy
Project: Learning Through the Outdoor Classroom
The Outdoor Classroom will provide students with a non-traditional space for learning, which will also enhance students’ perspectives on the outdoors. Teachers will be able to utilize the Outdoor Classroom as a space to motivate learners with varying learning styles, while also engaging students on the importance of green space and our environment. A space where all content areas can be taught, the Outdoor Classroom will be a connection and extension of the school’s garden. Research shows that outdoor classrooms have a positive impact on student learning because these environments provide students with a lot to observe, consider and reflect upon. They also provide an opportunity to regain focus and de-stress.