This post is part of our Walk This Way series, designed to share The Walking Classroom experiences of teachers and students across the United States. This post provides a glimpse into Paula Venable’s class.
“Is it a Walking Classroom Day?” These words fill our classroom as our days begin. Students race to the board to check the agenda. The words “Walking Classroom” bring a cheer from the students and a cheer of thanks from the teacher.
Grateful for The Walking Classroom
The excitement and joy that come from strolling the school together and learning as we walk top the list of things for which I give thanks this season. And yet, many things about the Walking Classroom bring a spirit of thanks to our classroom.
It’s Easy and Convenient . . .
First, the Walking Classroom is easy and convenient. With everyone having their own WalkKit, podcasts, and earbuds, the program is easy to implement. Students take ownership of their materials and feel a sense of responsibility for their learning as we walk and listen. For this, we are thankful.
Student-Centered . . .
Next, the Walking Classroom centers on the students, with podcasts on engaging topics taught by teachers and kids. For this, we are thankful.
. . . and It Gets Us Outside!
Finally, the Walking Classroom gets us outside. It invigorates our learning! We exercise as we learn. Living in Southern California, we are fortunate to have year-round sunny weather. The Walking Classroom takes down the walls of our classroom and allows us to learn outdoors. For this, we are thankful.
Our classroom wouldn’t be the same without the Walking Classroom, and for this we are thankful!
Fourth Grade Teacher
Santiago Hills Elementary School