I have been an elementary school teacher for over fourteen years and I can honestly say that The Walking Classroom is one of the best programs I have ever used. Typically, children sit at desks and concentrate for hours all day long. This program gives them the opportunity to not only learn and get exercise, but also to get fresh air and see the environment.
Our school population is very diverse; it is also in a low economic era. Many of our students do not get to experience such things as going on vacation, seeing a movie, or even, in some cases, going to the park.
Our classroom is an integrated co-teaching classroom setting, which means that some of the students in our class are students with disabilities. This program gives all types of learners an opportunity to learn.
I am constantly looking for innovative, engaging, and even fun ways to introduce and teach topics to my students. The Walking Classroom has given our students new opportunities and more avenues to learn new information.
We go outside and listen to podcasts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On those days, students are so excited to leave their jackets on the back of their chairs in anticipation for the period they get out of the building. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
4th Grade Teacher
P.S. 12 Queens