2:15 to 2:45 P.M. is the best part of my fourth graders’ day! Our school is in the city, but our campus is lush and green. Despite winter’s cold, we have been bundling up every day and taking brisk walks, all while learning about figurative language. The podcasts keep my students’ attention. I love to hear them giggle at something the presenters said or see them smile when they learn something new.
I am amazed at how energized and focused my students are upon our return to the classroom. They enjoy the afternoons so much more and are actually more productive, even though The Walking Classroom feels like a fun “break.”
Students have even taken The Walking Classroom’s health literacy messages to heart. They have collected cardboard boxes to use as podiums at their desk so that they can move more. I also often hear them saying to a classmate, “Junk in! Junk out!”
Best of all, I have loved to see how they encourage each other when the walks get challenging. Exercise is new to some of my students and they are rising to the challenge it provides. I LOVE The Walking Classroom!
4th Grade Teacher
North Side Community School