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4th grade Walking it out!

Students at Arkansas Elementary/Mrs. Freese’s class are walking, listening, and learning with the Walking Classroom

Aurora, CO  Arkansas Elementary is thrilled to announce that students in Mrs. Freese’s 4th grade class are now getting fresh air and exercise while they learn. Thanks to a grant from Mr. and Mrs. Rice, the class received “WalkKit” audio players for each student preloaded with over 100 podcasts on topics including science, social studies, and language arts. Comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and other supplemental materials are provided in a Teacher’s Guide.

The Walking Classroom is simple. Students take brisk 20-minute walks, as a class, while listening to the same custom-written, kid-friendly podcast. Each podcast begins with a brief health and literacy message, and the lesson plans in the Teacher’s Guide help educators effectively discuss and review the podcast material. The program gets kids out of their seats and walking without sacrificing instructional time.

“I am so grateful and excited that I received this grant. My students love the program! They appreciate being able to learn and move at the same time. They learn interesting facts, like why mucus and ear wax are necessary,” Mrs. Freese added.

Why it works

The Walking Classroom’s “Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology combines listening with exercise to capitalize on the strong connection between physical activity and improved brain function, resulting in improved classroom performance. And it’s fun!

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.

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 program also provided teachers with an innovative tool to meet the needs of students with alternative learning styles, such as ADHD, dyslexia, and/or autism.

About The Walking Classroom

The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning education program that provided students and teachers with an innovative way to get exercise without sacrificing instructional time. The non-profit program’s ‘Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function. www.thewalkingclassroom.org

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