Active and Flexible – Walk, Listen, and Learn with the Walking Classroom
Debra Ives, The Walking Classroom Institute
The Walking Classroom is an innovative, award-winning educational program used in classrooms, out-of-school time programs, and with remote/hybrid learning at home. Students listen to kid-friendly educational podcasts while they walk. The podcasts are standards-aligned and are geared primarily towards students in grades 3-8. Research proves that The Walking Classroom results in students who learn information better, retain it longer, and are in better moods after the experience. Importantly, there is a health literacy message and a character value built into each podcast. Companion Discussion Guides include questions about the health message and character value, resulting in rich post-walk discussions. Discussion of the character values (including empathy, perseverance, respect, courage, loyalty, etc.) is very easy in the context of the podcast topic and can extend to the students’ own lived experiences. These guided discussions help build a sense of community among the students. Families can also participate in The Walking Classroom by downloading our mobile App on any smart phone. About 25 podcasts, with related discussion questions, are available for free on the App. Families can walk, listen and learn AND have some great discussions together.
Participants in this workshop will learn more about The Walking Classroom, how to implement the program in various settings, the resources that support the program, the free training we provide and how to try the program for free.