One thing I love about The Walking Classroom is how easy it is to find podcasts that relate to what we are studying. For example, the day after listening to “Heroic Dogs and Horses” (Combined-#44, 4-#37), we read a magazine article about working dogs. Several students were easily able to compare what they had heard in the podcast with what we were reading!
We also listened to the podcast about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Combined-#123, 4-#64) the week of MLK Day last school year. I have taught and read about Dr. King to my students for several years and am always looking for new ways to share his life and legacy. After reading several picture books, watching videos (my class absolutely loved Kid President!), and having a discussion on Dr. King, we walked outside and listened to the podcast.
One of the best things about The Walking Classroom is the ability to provide a different type of opportunity for students to gain access to learning. While we’re walking, the students who are usually quiet get to be quiet in a comfortable space, the students who wiggle in their seats get to move around, the students who enjoy listening to stories get to listen. Everyone has just one more way to learn that is outside of the classroom!
3rd Grade Teacher
Oak Creek Elementary