While last week’s post focused on ideas for in-school instruction with physical distancing, this one provides suggestions to support remote or hybrid learning.
Remote (or Online) Learning
Facing the possibility of a stretch of remote instruction? It’s easy to keep kids walking, listening, and learning with The Walking Classroom. You can use WalkKits, The Walking Classroom’s available free podcasts, or The Walking Classroom’s mobile app.
To support student learning, existing program adopters may want to make use of The Walking Classroom’s (free!) additional podcast resources. These can help extend the lesson, encourage independent learning, or differentiate instruction. You can even pass relevant links along to your students. Or, have them take a comprehension quiz electronically — in Google Classroom!
If you have a class set of your own, assign a device to each student to take home, then assign podcasts as you typically would. Sharing a class set? Make use of The Walking Classroom’s available free podcasts, or The Walking Classroom’s mobile app (free to use through August 31, 2020!).
Need some ideas? Existing adopters have shared some possible applications of The Walking Classroom for remote learning!
I am excited to offer this at home for my new students. I think it will be important for their emotional and physical health.
– Jennifer Ledbetter, Tennessee
I look forward to taking time to differentiate some lessons, tailoring my students’ learning by assigning specific podcasts.
– Tina Janis, New Jersey
I think this will be very useful this year with our students and remote learning.
– Angela Webb, Tennessee
The Walking Classroom is going to be a foundational part of our approach to addressing the challenges that we are facing with split sessions due to the pandemic.
– Dana Letts, Ohio
Blending remote (or online) learning with in-school instruction, hybrid learning can be used for a flipped classroom approach. In this approach, what is normally done in class is completed at home, and what is normally completed as homework is done during class time.
The Walking Classroom easily lends itself well to such an approach. Rather than walking together as a class, assign a podcast from among the available free podcasts or The Walking Classroom’s mobile app. Then, have your students walk, listen, and learn independently.
Afterward, students can engage in the follow-up discussion together online or once you’re back in the classroom. Or, students can continue the lesson independently with an assigned extension activity which they share at a later date.
If you’re an existing program adopter, the additional (free!) podcast resources can come in handy here too! You can share links for printables or activities you’d like your students to complete . . . or even have them go on a virtual field trip.
I will be teaching 5th grade science in a hybrid model to start the year. We will have Group A coming Mondays and Tuesdays and Group B coming Thursdays and Fridays. The tips you and other adopters provided for this situation gave me some great new ideas. I can’t wait to start using The Walking Classroom again in an even more powerful way.
– Kim Collazo, North Carolina
Supporting Physical, Mental, and Social Emotional Health Too
With COVID-19 affecting schools, our program will use The Walking Classroom to aid in filling the educational gap.
– Earlean Rivers, North Carolina
In addition to academic priorities, in times like these, it is especially important to find ways to support students’ physical, mental, and social-emotional health. It is The Walking Classroom’s mission to do just that, so we are here to help you in your efforts. For more ideas on how The Walking Classroom can support you amid all the changes, check out our recorded webinar, Using the Walking Classroom in Hybrid and Remote Learning Environments.