The feedback Troy provides is like headwind. The teaching, support, and encouragement he offers is outstanding. He has an enormous knowledge of nature writing craft. In assisting me with a lyrical essay, he not only helped to define and articulate what I was laboring to create, but he helped me discover resources I never could have found on my own, and he prescribed enlightening exercises to support me in moving my essay forward. Troy also includes plenty of livening praise and validating encouragement. He understands that this is as essential to the learning process as craft knowledge.
What Harvey is saying is that as the diversity of the natural landscape on schoolyards increases, there’s an increase in children’s appreciation of experiences in the natural world. These changes in environmental attitudes provide the affective basis for stewardship behavior–for acting in ways that improve the quality of the environment.
David Sobel, from Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities