The 2015-2016 school year brings a new way of learning to students at three local elementary schools. The Walking Classroom (TWC), an innovative program giving young students the chance to listen and learn while taking a brisk walk, was piloted locally in a fourth and fifth grade class at Lake Sybelia last year with grant support from the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF). Now, with the support of an expansion grant from WPHF, all fourth and fifth grade students (22 classrooms and approximately 440 students) at Lake Sybelia, Aloma, and Hungerford Elementary schools will have the opportunity to walk and learn.
Before classes start for Orange County Public School students, teachers from Aloma, Lake Sybelia, and Hungerford elementary schools had the opportunity to participate in a TWC training, delivered by TWC’s Kalle Mitchell. Through this training, teachers learned how to effectively introduce and utilize TWC in their classroom curriculum. Teachers now have the knowledge and tools necessary to engage students and volunteers in fun and meaningful walking and learning. If you have a fourth or fifth grader at one of these schools, don’t be surprised if your student talks to you about being chosen to be a “caboose” or a “pacer,” these are some of the fun roles students will be filling while participating in TWC.
Also, be on the lookout for your child to bring home a TWC lending library this year. The lending library will allow for you and your student to experience TWC at home. You can listen to a podcast with your child, experience what they experience within the classroom, then journal about your experience. This is an excellent opportunity to “walk” in your child shoes!
Click here for more information on The Walking Classroom.