“Yes! Absolutely,” was my response when asked if our class would like to pilot “The Walking Classroom” program. A great thank you to the Glendale Education Foundation (GEF) for funding and giving us the opportunity. The idea is that students get out of the classroom and walk around our school track, while listening to recorded lessons. One lesson, for example, was on “Idioms,” but there are also lessons on History, Science, and other subjects. Students are getting exercise and learning at the same time!
My fourth grade class received a class set of Walk Kits. The Walk Kits came pre-set with podcasts. The setup was very easy, and our class dove right into lessons. The lessons are Common Core aligned. My students love the program and are so excited about it! Attendance and tardies have improved since participation in the program. Students are engaged and participation has greatly increased, particularly with ELD students. Our scores on i-Ready assessments related to lessons from the podcasts on “The Walking Classroom” have also gone up. I completely endorse the program and hope it’s available to other teachers.
– Adriana Smith