When students venture into nature, the value of learning outside the classroom becomes evident. IAH students go beyond field trips, though, and have opportunities to experience and connect with the natural environment every day. The connections they make—with the forest, with each other—are meaningful and lasting. Once a student establishes a meaningful relationship with a place, it becomes part of their world. It becomes part of who they are. Check out Cassie’s story—after all, she’s the one who wrote an essay about this!
Nature is the best way to change your mood, it can help with stress. Now I know that if one day I don’t feel good, or am without energy, I can just go into a park near me and go for a walk, or sit with nature, and it is going to help me be active.
As part of the IAH curriculum, students read excerpts from a variety of books that highlight health habits that are important for humans to thrive. Beyond the Movement Lab where they practice fitness activities, there is a lot of research into a variety of topics. In the video below, Andrez shares a bit about his topic: insomnia. As he notes and shares with his peers, getting an appropriate amount of sleep is incredibly important to stay healthy.
Now I know how to take care of myself and I learned the exercise benefits in our brain. Exercise can change our mood and concentration.
Hale is proud to partner with Another Course to College, which was just named a 2018 Best High School by U.S. News & World Report. The publication bestowed this honor upon less than 30% of schools. We look forward to continued collaboration on innovative programs for Boston Public Schools students!