Charles Ames Fischer

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Posted by Charles Fischer on October 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a fascinating article about "power postures" and how they can help you learn. This would make a great exercise for a nauralist class. The students could try various postures out and write what they think is happening to them as they do various tasks.

Nature's Equal Rights

Posted by Charles Fischer on April 17, 2011 at 6:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's an article about the Bolivian government's new conservation laws that basically give "human" rights to nature. Examples from the article include:

the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right t...

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House Plants Make You Smarter

Posted by Charles Fischer on March 27, 2011 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's an article that indicates that house plants could actually make you smarter. As the article put it:

In a study to be published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, researchers show that the mere presence of plants in an office setting boosts one’s ability to maintain attention.

According to the idea, there is "directed a...

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Stress in College Freshmen

Posted by Charles Fischer on January 29, 2011 at 5:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's an article about how freshmen are arriving at college with record levels of stress. The economy is likely playing a big part in this, especially as students ponder how they will pay off huge student loans. However, there are other key factors as well. I think immediately of Richard Louv's book Last Child in the Woods where he writes about nature deficit disorder and h...

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Using Our Senses

Posted by Charles Fischer on January 16, 2011 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Everything is for the eye these days - TV, Life, Look, the movies. Nothing is just for the mind. The next generation will have eyeballs as big as cantaloupes and no brain at all. -Fred Allen

If this has any grain of truth to it, then we obviously need to help students create a better balance between media and the "real world." There is good news, though.

I have done a lot of naturalist activities with students, and I am not just referring to nature w...

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Benefits of Recess 3

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 15, 2010 at 7:21 AM Comments comments (0)

In an age where students spend a lot of time indoors, recess is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the outdoors. We can help them make connections to nature by providing them time to serendipitously explore the environment. This is not just a fringe benefit; this is crucial to how people will think about the environment in the future. Without these crucial connections to nature, students will grow up without caring about nature. The outdoors to them will always be a place of g...

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The Benefits of Recess 2

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 11, 2010 at 11:19 AM Comments comments (0)

The benefits of recess can potentially extend to the teachers and staff at schools as well. I know most teachers stand around at recess and don't do much but watch, but that can be easily fixed by redefining what recess duty means and entails. 

What COULD happen at recess is nothing short of continued learning. Teachers could take recess opportunities to teach various types of games from different cultures or different time periods throughout history. Recess could take ...

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The Benefits of Recess 1

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I have decided to write a few blogs on the benefits of recess in order to give this topic enough leverage. There are numerous reasons to give children recess, just as there are many reasons for adults who exercise routinely by going to the gym after work, walking in the evenings, jogging in the mornings, or whatever. I think a lot of adults don't "feel like themselves" when they can't exercise or they miss a day at the gym. In my experience, they typically have less patience, less focus and c...

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The Importance of Recess

Posted by Charles Fischer on December 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM Comments comments (0)

I was recently at a Middle School and found out that the students did not have a any recess. Cruelly, the 5th graders who shared the building with them, did get recess. After asking around a bit, I found that a lot of middle schools had NO recess. The schools that did had an average of about 20 minutes. 

I believe strongly in having recess at schools and I could go on about it for hours, but I want to stay objective here. For those that are interested, there is strong e...

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Posted by Charles Fischer on November 4, 2010 at 7:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Here's an article about how more and more kids getting misdiagnosed with ADHD and are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs. This is on top of all the other medications already being prescribed for kids who are "hyper" and apparently have attentional issues.

It is amazingly hard to believe that so many parents, teachers, administrators and doctors are missing the obvious: that these...

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