Visit our booth and attend our presentation where you can “walk, listen, and learn” about The Walking Classroom at the ASHA 2018 School Health conference October 4-6!
Walking Classroom Presentation
Speaker: Laura Fenn, Walking Classroom founder and CEO
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 9:45am–10:45am
Where: Meridian Ballroom West
Learn about the program, take a walk, and learn something new!
A proven program
This spring, researchers from UNC Chapel Hill, studied the program and its impact on students. Students in the study demonstrated significantly higher levels of learning while walking and listening to podcasts vs. levels of learning when sitting while listening to podcasts.
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Active Learning: Walk, Listen, and Learn with The Walking Classroom
In this workshop, participants will experience The Walking Classroom (TWC) and understand its contribution to developing healthy and engaged students. With TWC, students get a chance to get out of their seats and get some desperately needed fresh air and exercise—without sacrificing instructional time. Students walk while listening to kid-friendly, standards-aligned educational podcasts.
With The Walking Classroom, all students can be successful—it’s just walking. Students aren’t embarrassed because they have to try to do a pull up in front of their classmates. The program is used several times a week throughout the school year, so students develop healthy habits while learning required academic content. Each podcast also contains a brief health literacy lesson, so with each walk, students are also building background knowledge about health and healthy choices, ultimately empowering themselves.
Research has shown that students can listen and comprehend 2–3 grade levels higher than their reading comprehension. TWC enables students who may struggle in a traditional classroom an opportunity to shine academically as their preferred (but previously unknown) method of learning is engaged—underperforming students often report “feeling smart” for the first time as a result of using TWC.
After a brief overview of The Walking Classroom, workshop participants will “test drive” the program and enjoy a 15-minute walk while listening to an educational podcast. Upon return, participants will be guided on how TWC can help with grant funding as well as brainstorm with others how the program might be incorporated into their schools.
Educate the whole child—improve the physical, mental, and academic health of students with The Walking Classroom. The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning nonprofit program that gets students some desperately needed fresh air and exercise as they listen to educational podcasts while they walk. Experience the program and learn how The Walking Classroom program engages different learning styles and helps close the achievement gap with Founder/CEO Laura Fenn.
What you’ll learn
- How The Walking Classroom improves students’ physical, mental and academic health.
- How engaging different learning styles and increasing kids’ activity levels via walking helps mitigate the negative impacts of poverty and close the achievement gap.
- How to brainstorm ideas on securing funding for and bringing The Walking Classroom to your schools.