My Walking Classroom story started four years ago, and it continues to grow and change. I love the broad range of podcast topics within The Walking Classroom.
When I first got the program in 2019 – 2020, we used The Walking Classroom several times a week. Every week as I planned in reading, writing, science, and social studies, I would look to see what podcasts would work. Once I determined which podcasts to use for the week, rain or shine, we walked, listened, and discussed.
When we had to shut our school down in March of 2020, the one thing that came up during Zoom meetings was that the kids missed walking and learning! I was so thankful when Walking Classroom became available as an app. Approximately half my families participated and loved the positive way to end the crazy school year.
This past school year, the planning has been very similar. With all of our COVID-related restrictions, being able to walk outside was wonderful! It was something that my students looked forward to each week — a chance to be outside and not have to wear their masks!
We walk and listen once or twice a week, and students listen to the podcast once or twice on their own during the week during independent work time. This year I used the “quiz” option more for discussion and as a way for them to practice on Canvas with Kami. I uploaded the quiz and then they wrote their answers as we discussed as a whole group. We always did the “quiz” on Fridays so they had plenty of time to listen and learn throughout the week!
Green Meadows Intermediate