A teacher surprised me a few years ago by telling me that she had noticed “real improvements in the behavior of her students after they had a class in the school garden.” At the time, I remember thinking this was very positive, but I regarded it as anecdotal. Since then, I have read several studies that confirm the real and significant social and emotional health benefits for both the students and the teachers from school gardens.
While the academic benefits of school gardens for students have become more widely accepted in recent years, the social and emotional benefits are often overlooked. This oversight is significant, as social and emotional health are often prerequisites for academic achievement.
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