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Another EAC team member and Hardy parent, Stephanie Juma, has volunteered in the past and now coordinates and praises the Field Investigation program. "The positives of this program/outdoor educa- tion is that children get to do some outside learning and have their curiosity piqued. They learn so much by watching the nature around them." Parents learn a great deal as well. "It's great for parents to have perspective on what it's like for teachers to deal with a group of children on a daily basis," she says, "and it brings a new level appreciation and respect for teaching. The parent volunteers in general are surprised by some of the observations that the children make, which they never even saw or thought of." Among early childhood specialists, educators, and parents, there seems to be a growing sentiment that children need to be presented with opportunities to learn the same material in different settings and through different lenses; the indoors methodology of instruction conw- ducted within the isolation of classrooms doesn't seem to promote ways by which kids learn best. According to Denise Pope, PhD, Challenge Success Co-Founder at Stanford University, "By asking the right ques- tions, we can better direct student investigations of their environment, and when outdoors, students are identifying objects, making compari- sons, testing ideas, exploring the world using cross-disciplines, and being naturally engaged." Collins said that when she began this role as K-5 Science Coordinator, "There was very little Earth and space science in the elementary cur- riculum. The only place it showed up was in fourth grade with studies of geology and climate and topography. With the advent of the new Massachusetts STE frameworks (curriculum), we have taken this opportunity to re-vision our K-5 science curriculum." "If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the Earth before we ask them to save it." – D a v S o b e l W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8 166 education "opportunities to learn"

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