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.
I can tell you right now, the most frequently used phrase in my classroom this year is going to be, “Ms. Goldfarb, can we do The Walking Classroom today?”
I am extremely fortunate to be the teacher of twenty-four wonderful fourth graders, many who have just arrived to the United States. All of my students are English Language Learners, so I am always looking for engaging ways to support English language instruction. I received an email in July that I was a recipient of The Walking Classroom grant and I knew I was being given an incredible tool that would help me enhance my students’ learning.
Rising to the Occasion
Walking the Red Carpet
My students feel like celebrities as they walk through the school hallways with their WalkKits and earbuds. Their friends passing by excitedly wave and shout their names, but my students remain focused. Once while stopping to talk to a colleague, I had a student remind me that this time is for walking and learning, not socializing. Talk about dedication! Student engagement is at an all-time high when we are on a walk.
The Walking Classroom has been a tremendous addition to our class. We are always looking forward to our next walk!
Charles A. Mulligan Elementary