In my opinion, the most successful class in which I partcipated was a class a fifth grade class in which we went to the UNC botanical garden. For me, visiting this garden for the first time was like finding a hidden treasure. During my three years at the UNC-CH, I had never known that this garden existed. It has running trails, herbal plants, seasonal flowers and so much more including the renowned writer Paul Green’s original cabin. Despite all of these marvelous finds, what affected me most was to see the excietment on the face of the kids from the time we entered to the time we had to leave the garden. It surprised me that some huge leaves could entertain some of the class for almos tthe whole time we where there, and that smelling the various herbs, along with classifying and categorizing different plants all captivated the students. Nature has a way of controlling the attention of a child, and if a professor can recognize this and utilize the power of nature en his or her teachings, he or she will have Mother Nature as a teaching assistant. And this doesn’t just go for science classes and experiments, but can be something as simple as reading books outloud outside of the classroom.