The Walking Classroom is an innovative, award-winning educational program where students listen to kid-friendly, curriculum-standards aligned podcasts while they walk, then engage in rich post-walk discussions about the podcast content. Research proves that The Walking Classroom results in students who learn information better, retain it longer, and are in better moods after the experience.
Walking while listening to Walking Classroom podcasts provides an incredibly engaging way for kids to build a base of background information — with podcast topics that cover language arts, social studies, biographies and science. This screen-free experience, suitable for kids in grades 3 through 8, provides a way to reach all kinds of learners, including struggling readers.
Each podcast also highlights a health literacy message and character value — and comes with a discussion guide and lesson plans for educators. These character values can be discussed in the context of the podcast topic and can, if appropriate, extend to the students’ own lived experiences. These guided discussions help build a sense of community among students which leads to improved school climate.
Attendees at this presentation will learn about the The Walking Classroom and the research assessment done by UNC Chapel Hill on the program. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to go for a walk while listening to a podcast!