Walk and Talk in Nature’s Classroom

Have you tried the “walk and talk” approach to student discussions?

Walk and talk works wherever you are. (Nollet, 2009)
Walk and talk works wherever you are. (Nollet, 2009)

Pair up students to discuss a concept you’re teaching. Take them outdoors—into nature’s classroom—for a brief walk, during which they’ll discuss and analyze the topic, with the mission of increasing their depth of understanding.

Upon return, ask them to write a short piece evaluating what they learned from their partner.

Connecting with fresh air, sky, and earth have a way of tossing around our minds and mixing in a new perspective. When you teach students the benefits of refreshing themselves outdoors—walking, talking, listening, noticing—you introduce them to a new place to think, to reflect, and to be.