Every Wednesday, we share a teacher’s story. This week provides a special treat, a story about The Walking Classroom from a student’s perspective!
Each week, we decide what we will learn about as a group from The Walking Classroom. We learn about science and history, and not only that, but also health and how we should keep our bodies in shape. After we listen to podcasts two or three times, we do a worksheet and answer questions about what we have learned.
So far, we have learned about Rachel Carson, a woman who saved a lot of ecosystems from being destroyed; Benjamin Banneker, an outstandingly smart African American; The Erie Canal, an amazing transportation system that no one thought was going to work; the ocean floor and what happens down there; George Washington Carver, a good man who made some delicious peanuts: and we have also learned how taxes work.
My classmates and I all love The Walking Classroom, and I think it is an easier and more fun way to learn. We start to walk after recess. My classroom splits up into groups, and we decide who will lead the line and who will stay in the back. After the walking session is done, we go and get some water if we want it. Then we have a follow-up discussion or find something related to the current Walking Classroom topic.
On Thursday or Friday, we take the quiz. The front of the quiz has questions. On the back, it asks us to draw a picture, make a bubble map, send a text message, make a facebook account about the person we are studying, or use another graphic organizer to write about what we have learned.
I really like learning and exercising at the same time. The way I feel after I listen and talk to my friends really helps me remember the topics and important facts. I wish all of my subjects could be on The Walking Classroom!
Kate G. (Charlotte Driver’s class)