I teach fifth grade in a rural school in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In addition to teaching reading, math, and science, I also provide support for writing and social studies. I see all the fifth graders in our school throughout the day.
Last school year, I obtained a classroom set of Walking Classroom devices for my students. After careful planning and preparation, we implemented walking, listening, and learning into a normal routine for my afternoon science rotation.
I loved how easy it was to get started. The lessons and suggested activities made this a really great asset to our classroom. As I teach a very challenging group of fifth graders — many with IEP’S — I had some concerns about going for a walk the first time. I thought that the students would not do well. Boy, did they prove me wrong!
Thanks to the guided lessons that eased students into the process of using the devices, these students had never demonstrated such excellent behavior! They walked when they were supposed to, stopped when they were supposed to, talked when they were supposed to, and had fun while learning! Incredible!
I feel so thankful that I heard about The Walking Classroom, and even more thankful to have it to use with my students. Many of my coworkers are intrigued by the program. I love the idea of getting children moving while learning, and cannot wait to see more classrooms in our rural school using The Walking Classroom!
Fourth Grade Teacher