Three Cotswold teachers, Ms. McWhirter, Ms. Sparrow and Ms. Moras, have received The Walking Classroom kits through a grant. The Walking Classroom is a non-profit program developed by long time North Carolina educator, Laura Fenn, as a solution to increasing her students’ physical activity without sacrificing instructional time.
The program provides MP3 players loaded with podcasts, which are aligned to the 4th and 5th grade Common Core Standards. The program’s “walk, listen and learn” approach supports the research based correlation between exercise and cognitive function. Teachers at Cotswold use podcasts to enhance IB units of study. In addition, they also promote the balanced, knowledgeable, and communicator attributes of the Learner Profile.
Ms. McWhirter first heard about the program from Cotswold parent, Spencer Lueders, when his daughter, Emma, was a 5th grader in her class. As a result of receiving and implementing the kits, Ms. McWhirter’s class was featured on the Time Warner Cable news. After learning about and experiencing the program, Ms. Sparrow applied for and received a grant at the beginning of this school year and Ms. Moras received hers just this week.
Ms. McWhirter, Ms. Sparrow, their students and classroom families have positively received the program and Ms. Moras is excited to get started with it next week. For more information about The Walking Classroom and how to apply, please visit: