One of the challenges of teaching in a dual language program is essentially having half of the time to cover all of the standards. The Walking Classroom has been a huge help in this area.
During our physical education time, I have used The Walking Classroom’s podcasts to help me review concepts we are learning in the content areas. I love it when students say, “What we listened to today reminds me of something we did in the classroom!” Students are learning to make connections between multiple sources. It helps them build on their listening, analyzing, and synthesizing skills.
In order to get organized and use our time efficiently, I number the Walk-Its and store them in table group bins so students can grab their table’s bin and quickly get ready to walk quickly. To focus students’ listening, I give them the discussion question we will discuss when we return to the classroom.
Then, on the way out the door, I have students show me their WalkKit screen, so I know we are all on the same podcast. As we are walking, students are reminded to be aware of their surroundings and other walkers. They are encouraged to discuss our question if they finish listening to the podcast and we are not yet done with our walk.
In order to encourage participation in our post walk discussion, I ask all students to share something new or interesting they heard in the podcast. Students really enjoy The Walking Classroom and look forward to our weekly walks!