It is a great pleasure to have The Walking Classroom. My students learn in many ways — I have visual learners, auditory learners and tactile learners. They are also at different learning levels — some are struggling, some are on level, and some are advanced. The Walking Classroom works for all of my students!
The Walking Classroom works especially well with students who have short attention spans. Most of my students are restless, and it is very difficult to keep them sitting for a full class period. The Walking Classroom gets my students up and moving, and they are very quiet when we walk.
Our school is in New York City. Because of that, my students get to experience not only the Walking Classroom lessons, they get to experience the seasons, weather, angles, the moon and earth cycles!
Once I looked through my materials, I decided that I would use the program for follow-up, introduction, and in some cases, as an assessment. Because I followed the orientation instructions, I didn’t experience many problems. My students’ batteries never gave out, and no one got lost. We did experience student’s shoes untying, students falling, and occasionally students on the wrong podcast, but the leaders did a good job with getting their group back on track.
The podcast topics align with the fourth grade curriculum, which makes the experience worthwhile and enjoyable, so we always look forward to our walks. My students and I like nature, and we also love being outside the classroom getting hands-on experiences. We walk, we listen, we learn, we discuss, and sometimes, we even explore!
Fourth Grade Teacher
P.S. 262 – El Hajj Malik El Shabazz