I received The Walking Classroom right before schools across the nation went virtual in 2020. Implementation didn’t occur as I thought, and it wasn’t until this past school year that I was able to get into a routine and dig into the program. As we slowly transitioned back into the buildings, The Walking Classroom proved a more valuable resource than I ever imagined.
The transition back to the classroom was tough on a lot of our students as COVID protocols completely shut down most movement. With cleaning and distancing protocols in place and little to no movement occurring in the school systems, I could still keep my students active and engaged thanks to The Walking Classroom.
The Walking Classroom allowed me to move my classes outdoors where students could socially distance themselves and be active. I saw the difference in their attitudes and motivation after a walk. My students were happier, more focused, and remembered more information than in the regular classroom setting. They were always excited to get outside in the sunshine. We had a routine for Tuesdays and Thursdays, but many of them asked every day if we could go for a walk.
The discussions after the walks were much deeper as students made connections between prior learning and what we listened to that day. The program allowed the students a much-needed break where they could socially distance and relax for a few minutes. Our walks were the only time students got to see each other’s full faces (and the only time I got to see what they actually look like).
The Walking Classroom presented an amazing opportunity for my students to learn in a unique and creative way. It has truly made a difference with my students.
Seventh Grade ELA Teacher