How do we use The Walking Classroom? Before walking, we record vocabulary and my students add a few notes to a journal they have created. After walking, they record facts they heard and draw a picture to remember their favorite part. Sharing what they’ve learned with their parents on parent nights is always a big hit! The kids love being able to refer back to what we listened to, and the parents love hearing about it.
This year, our school switched to all things Google, and I’ve implemented Google Classroom with my 5th graders. Next year I plan to do an online journal with the kids, still incorporating similar things, but in a digital format instead of on paper. Doing it this way, the kids can share at home about what they are learning on a more regular basis.
It’s been tough to get outside this year. Winter is dragging on and on, and mud season has been horrible (Yes, … mud season! We are in a small town with only one paved road!). Our gym works best during those days! I am so excited it’s finally started to clear up and dry out, so we can get outside. The fresh air is so much better for all of us!
Some weeks, we are doing well just to get our walks in. Other weeks, it’s our main focus. Sometimes I use the quizzes; it really just depends on time. When I do use the quizzes, I don’t take formal grades on them. They get used as a discussion tool and a jumping off point for other content in the classroom. When the pressure is off about grades, the kids seem to retain the information more. With exercise, no pressure, and content retention … The Walking Classroom is a WIN!
This program has been an amazing addition to my classroom, and I am so thankful to have found it!
5th Grade Teacher
Camas County Elementary