This post, part of this year’s Walk This Way series which shares The Walking Classroom experiences of teachers and students across the United States, provides a glimpse into Petrecia Shales’ class.
First as a parent, and later as a teacher, I have always believed that children need to move. The Walking Classroom has been the best way to provide more movement without having to prove to an administrator that I’m not just wasting potential learning time.
Getting those Wiggles Out
The number of students who struggle with sitting still, listening, and staying on task has only increased since I first began teaching fifteen years ago. The Walking Classroom helps my students get their wiggles out while still focusing on listening and learning.
Walking Time is not Wasted Time
I have seen that my students’ ability to learn increases after we return from a walk. Because of this, I never feel like our walking time is wasted time.
The podcasts also include a short health message. I love this, as sometimes this message proves challenging to introduce during regular classroom discussions.
No Preachy Teacher Here!
The Walking Classroom gives me a chance to help my students better understand the importance of nutrition, exercise–and deodorant–without having to be the preachy teacher! Thank you, Walking Classroom!
Fourth Grade Teacher
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