The Walking Classroom
The Walking Classroom Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and education of all students. The Walking Classroom program is an in-school obesity intervention that promotes health literacy and develops and supports lifelong fitness habits for all students while addressing different learning styles. The method combines standards-aligned academic content and exercise.
Using WalkKits pre-loaded with a year’s worth of standards-aligned audio content, students walk, listen and learn. The idea is simple: Students take brisk twenty-minute walks while listening to custom-written, kid-friendly content aligned with the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, with many topics on science and social studies included as well. While the program was designed to meet the requirements for fourth and fifth grades, the podcasts are appropriate for middle-schoolers and for younger students.
Each “WalkKit” audio device is preloaded with nearly one hundred educational podcasts that are ready to use right out of the box. Each time it’s used, the program provides one third of kids’ recommended daily activity, so using the program just two or three times per week adds forty minutes to an hour of physical activity. The program can be used for individual students as well as large and small groups. The included lesson plans help educators effectively discuss and review the podcast material.
The Walking Classroom actively seeks corporate and foundation support so that after school facilitators can get The Walking Classroom for free. After school facilitators interested in implementing The Walking Classroom but who are unable to fund a class set, apply for a donated set here.
After school programs are eligible to apply for a sponsored set, which would be delivered at no cost to the school, but they cannot guarantee fulfillment nor timing of delivery. Donated materials are wholly dependent on donations, so requests will not be filled until donations are available—an unknown timeframe.
The donated WalkKits may carry the logo of the donor, such as a bank or healthcare provider. The boxes the WalkKits come in may also have the underwriter’s logo. To receive a free, donated set of materials, facilitators are required to thank the donor who made their kits possible with handwritten notes from the facilitator and youth, as well as photographs of the youth using the materials. The Walking Classroom also strongly encourages facilitators to work with the donor to let the world know about their generous contribution (like taking their corporate VP for a walk as a photo op for the local paper!)
Which Standards does this meet? III. Intentional Programming and Activities
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