Through the podcasts on The Walking Classroom, our students are learning specific content that complements our social studies and English language arts curriculum. They are also learning the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle, and improving listening skills all while exercising. The students are thrilled about getting out of the classroom, adding more physical activity to their day, and getting some fresh air while learning.
On the first day, as my students began opening their very own WalkKits, I could see the excitement on their faces. Every student has taken the responsibility for the use and care of their WalkKit very seriously. We have developed a routine for walking outdoors as well as indoors, due to weather conditions. Even so, in December we were able to walk outdoors in West Virginia in almost 60-degree weather. That is very unusual!
I want you to know that the students thoroughly enjoy the podcasts and look forward to walking each week. The content of the podcasts is interesting, and the presentation keeps their attention.
I appreciate the fact that the presentations include challenging vocabulary. This requires the students to truly concentrate on what they are hearing and not what they are seeing. Some of their favorite podcasts are the Greek and Latin Root Words (5-#69, Complete-#13), “John Henry” (4-#63, Complete-#40), and Simile and Metaphor (4-#11, 5-#72, Complete-#4). We are learning about the American Revolution, and we are excited to listen to the podcasts that are related to this important topic.
The positive impact of this program takes learning to a whole new level, far beyond my expectations. We will continue to use The Walking Classroom every step of the way.
Fourth Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher
Jennings Randolph Elementary