Did you know that exercise helps your brain to work better? It’s true, studies have shown that having an active lifestyle actually helps improve your brain function. Now, what if you could combine exercise and learning into one activity? Our class has been doing just that all year, with The Walking Classroom!
We were fortunate this year to receive a grant of a class set of Walking Classroom WalkKits. Each device is preloaded with over 100 podcasts, on subjects ranging from poetry to science to history. Every week we choose a pace car (a student to set the pace of our walk), and then we go outside to walk. We walk around our school field as we listen to the podcasts. At the end of the walk we discuss what we learned. Usually we listen to the same podcast twice in one week, and at the end of the week we take a test on what we’ve learned.
We have noticed that what the research says about exercise and brain power is true! It’s easy to remember what we learn while we’re walking, even a few weeks later. Last week we finished a three-week unit on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and we noticed at the end of the unit that the details that we heard in the podcast were the easiest ones to remember.
Here are some comments from students about what they like about The Walking Classroom:
I really liked listening to the poetry podcasts. It helped bring the poems to life.
My favorite podcast was the one about Jackie Robinson. It taught me some things I’d never heard before.
When the kids on the podcast talk with their teacher it’s not like a regular lesson. You don’t even realize you’re learning!
It’s a fun change to get to go outside in the middle of the day to walk. I like being able to get out of my seat to work off some energy.
We’re looking forward to learning more from the Walking Classroom in our last few weeks of school! If you want to learn more about The Walking Classroom, you can watch this “Walkumentary”.
What is the best thing about the Walking Classroom?
What podcast would you like to listen to next?