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 Patrecia Shales’ class.
The school I transferred to this year is over 125 years old, and it has four floors. We’ve faced a few challenges in the transition from walking outdoors to walking indoors now that the weather in the midwest has turned from fall to winter in a blink!
If at First You Don’t Succeed . . .
Our first indoor walk was a disaster and required a return to the classroom to go over behavior expectations for indoor walking. Apparently, I hadn’t made it clear enough that we all had to stay together! Our second try, however, was a success!
It can be challenging to keep paying attention to the podcast while maneuvering follow-the-leader pathways including stairways and dead-end hallways. However, I am sure the increased cardiac benefits of hitting the stairs will be worth it!
I know it may take us a few more times to really get back in the groove of listening and learning as we make the transition to navigating this old school on the inside. Even so, my students still enjoy the chance to be out of the classroom and moving, and so do I!
With the difficulty for outdoor play and outdoor recess on the horizon, our walking may be the only exercise my kids get until spring thaw!
Fourth Grade Teacher