Capstone Project Title
Many English Language Learner (ELL) students have endured trauma which inflicted deficiencies in their cognitive function. The restorative effects of nature combined with mindful activities can be employed to enhance ELL academic success and support emotional needs. This capstone project seeks to answer the question of, how can outdoor activities support the academic and emotional needs of elementary level English Language Learner students? Studies have shown that the cognitive benefits of nature included an improved ability to make decisions, a greater ability to concentrate, can foster reduced stress, and help increase positive self-esteem. Studies also confirm that comprehensive support within school systems was rarely afforded for ELL students. This outdoor mindful activity curriculum was created to support the academic and emotional needs of ELL students through outdoor mindful activities. These activities help improve cognitive function leading to improved emotional regulation and greater academic success. Research on the benefits of nature in combination with mindful activities can be the alternative instruction which can give ELL students the support they need.
Environmental Studies, ESL/ ELLs, Multicultural Education, Teachers/ Teaching
Kulas, Krista A., "Developing An Outdoor Mindful Activity-Based Curriculum For English Language Learners" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 285.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects