The Walking Classroom has been a wonderful addition to our Afterschool Program. After a year of school closures due to COVID-19, what an inspiration to see students working cooperatively and fully engaged with their WalkKits!
Our use of The Walking Classroom promotes physical activity, which helps improve brain function. Disruptive behavior decreases because students feel a sense of belonging and importance.
Students remain constantly focused on reviewing vocabulary, set up, physical activity/walking, proper storage of WalkKits, and discussion during closure. They are aware that the WalkKit is theirs for the semester and that they must respect and take care of it.
We begin class with a vocabulary check. A review of vocabulary really helps. It’s important not to assume the students know all the words in the podcast.
Since our students struggle with vocabulary, we make sure any and all possible “unknown” words get talked about ahead of time. This helps add to the excitement of the podcast. We use pictures and definitions to help strengthen the students’ level of comprehension for the day.
After the vocabulary check, students prepare their WalkKit and head out to our large field to begin their adventure. If a student is struggling to find the podcast, other students are right there to help. Beyond supporting one another like this, students also learn responsibility.
They love not just using, but also taking care of their WalkKit. At the end of class, students automatically grab their WalkKit case and begin to place everything back in, then store their case in the plastic tub where we keep the WalkKits.
The Walking Classroom’s podcasts boost listening skills. Communication skills are also improved — during WalkKit set up (helping others) and whole group review/discussion/closure. Thank you for this new and exciting way to learn!
21st CCLC Site Leader
Robert Lunt Elementary
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