This post is the third in this year’s Walk This Way series, designed to share The Walking Classroom experiences of teachers and students across the United States. It provides a glimpse into Judith Goldfarb’s classroom.
Have you ever given your students an assignment on the computer only to find that someone in the back is watching YouTube? I believe in giving my fourth graders independence, and for the most part, they always rise to meet my expectations. But there is always the occasional student in the back of the class on YouTube …
No Worries with The Walking Classroom
I had concerns about The Walking Classroom since I wouldn’t be able to actively monitor each student closely while on our walk, but those worries were quickly put to rest. After every walk and post-walk discussion, my students take the quiz provided by The Walking Classroom. My students have scored well on every single quiz, which is not always the case in their other subject areas.
An ”Aha!” Moment
When I sat down to write report cards and I took a look at their grades, I had my own “Aha!” moment. Although it may seem obvious, every child learns differently. Simply hearing this is much different from seeing it in action. The Walking Classroom appeals to many different types of learners. When I use The Walking Classroom to supplement the curriculum, it sticks!
Thank you, TWC!
On our last walk, we found a honeybee crawling on the sidewalk. It caused quite the commotion. There was screaming, running, and a lot of “It’s going to sting me!” It was the perfect moment to talk about the misconceptions of honeybees and how important they are for our ecosystems. So, thank you to The Walking Classroom because if we hadn’t gone on this walk, we would not have overcome our fear of bees. This week we will for sure be listening to Conservation (5-#7, STEM-#36, Complete-#129)!
Charles A. Mulligan Elementary