The Walking Classroom activities for my class started around March of 2021 when my students were back in school for face-to-face learning. The Walking Classroom helped in engaging students in discussions about topics and concepts we looked at in class. It also allowed students to get some fresh air while keeping safe.
We have our pathway inside the school on days when students feel like walking inside the building. Other students and teachers always try to figure out what’s going on, and tend to ask why students are walking. Staff and other students also see the devices and immediately get interested in seeing and hearing about the program.
The health component helps students think about healthy choices and how to be responsible as kids now and as adults in the future. Hearing other students engage in conversations about healthy living allows students to hear a representation of their voice and in language they can easily understand. The conversations are meaningful, and help to bring awareness to issues that would be normally discussed in class. Students ask questions and do research to learn more about issues that affect them and other people in their families. They also share their own stories and make recommendations related to healthy life-style choices.