What is The Walking Classroom?
The Walking Classroom is simple: Students take brisk 20-minute walks while listening to custom-written, standards-aligned, kid-friendly podcasts preloaded on their WalkKit audio players (or on our mobile app). Lesson plans and quizzes in the Teacher’s Guide help educators effectively discuss and review the podcast material. Podcast topics are appropriate for students in grades 3–8 and include English language arts, social studies, science, and more.
Over 150 classrooms are on our waiting list.
That’s thousands of students waiting (and sitting) who can benefit greatly from getting fresh air and exercise without sacrificing learning time.
Walking improves student learning and retention!
There is much research confirming the link between physical activity and learning. Students return to the classroom in better moods, more focused, and more likely to engage in post-walk discussions. Teachers regularly report that after implementing The Walking Classroom, students retain the information better, demonstrate better behavior and engagement in the classroom, and perform better on standardized exams.
›› A study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill confirms the positive impact of walking on learning.
While all students benefit from the increased activity and educational content of The Walking Classroom, inactive children and children with low academic achievement stand to benefit the most. The Walking Classroom also provides teachers and out-of-school time professionals with an innovative tool to meet the needs of their students with alternative learning styles such as ADHD, dyslexia, and/or autism.
Want to know more?
The program topics align with the curriculum to help support core learning and build understanding — particularly beneficial for students with different learning styles.
- Read about the science behind The Walking Classroom
- Read success stories from some of our Walking Classroom adopters
- Read student comments about The Walking Classroom
- Check out our most recent year-end survey results