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Steve Maanum

Effective classroom teaching moves outdoors

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Kevin Young's classroom has the typical four walls, but it also has blue skies and a gentle autumn breeze. He's a Park Rapids teacher who knows the value of combining traditional classroom learning with hands-on experiences.

Recently I accompanied his forest management class to the Brush Lake school forest. It was fun for me to see some of his students who had been my former fifth graders. In the years between then and now they had grown up while I had just grown older.

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