The Walking Classroom helps support the whole child approach to education, and kids are thriving!
ASCD (the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) developed five Whole Child Tenets—healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, which when followed can lead to students who:
- Become engaged in school
- Act in accord with school goals and values
- Develop social skills and understanding
- Contribute to the school and community
- Achieve academically
How can The Walking Classroom help?
Students Must Be HEALTHY
Each podcast also features a different health message to build the student’s health literacy and encourage healthy habits.
Students Must Be SAFE
Because of this, participation in The Walking Classroom helps build self confidence by helping underachieving students perform at grade level and feel just as a smart as their higher achieving classmates.
In addition to better academic performance, this self confidence often translates into better behavior, less depression, and less bullying.
Students Must Be ENGAGED
94% of teachers surveyed said their students are more engaged in classroom discussions after using The Walking Classroom.
Students Must Be SUPPORTED
Learning about and discussing traits such a loyalty, respect, patience, and perseverance can help teach kids to better manage their own emotions, build and maintain positive relationships, and demonstrate better decision making.
Students Must Be CHALLENGED
Many teachers using The Walking Classroom have shared stories of students who simply couldn’t initially keep up on walks for an entire podcast, but as time went on their stamina improved. By the end of the school year they had met the challenge and could proudly lead the pack for walks.