Step
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As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

How do staff encourage youth to respect this space? (0:54-1:04)

How do staff use the space around them to guide youth in processing what they are learning about the habitat? (1:45-2:02)

What does the staff do here to engage youth in observing and processing what is happening in this habitat? (2:31-2:45)

How do the adults support youth engaging in their space and learning about their habitat? (2:46-End)

Step
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Watch the skill video

Step
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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

How does this space - or any space - affect youth interacting and learning?
lupita venegas's picture
The amount of space the students are provided is wide and its outside with nature. The students always get excited about seeing something new and they seem pretty interested in learning. Providing students with a wide and outside area students they get excited and they seem more enthusiastic rather than always being enclosed in a classroom. 
lorraine Turner's picture
You have to have a good amount of space to accommodate the amount of students you are working with, if not they won't have enough space to move around and explore.
benita burruss's picture
the children was surprised about the outside.
We might not have access to a nature walk or a local spring but how could you replicate a similar exporation of nature in your programming?  
lorraine Turner's picture
You can still have the children do the exploration by setting up a environment out side with materials that you provide, and set it up near bushes or flowers if there is no spring or trees in the area.

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