The walking classroom

March 22, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The Feb 2016 issue of JOPERD (Journal  of Physical Education , Recreation & Dance ,47(2), pp, 20-26) includes an article by  K.M Becker titled The Walking Classroom all about classrooms who throughout the year walk in classroom groups  or after-school or pre-school groups around the school property or neighbourhood to attain  a walking goal. Examples of walking distance goals could be:

  • the distance between the earth and the moon
  • the migration of the Canada Goose or the Monarch Butterfly
  • the Underground Railway
  • the Trans Canada (highway or railroad)
  • Rick Hanson’s rolling man in motion.
  • a peace march
  • 100 kilometer/mile club

What a fab idea! And it crosses all sorts of curricula, social justice, DPA/fitness, community building (encourage family and staff participation). Buddy kids with other kids who have special needs. The article includes a chart – 10 Steps for Organizing a Walking Program. It’s a great opportunity for ongoing  communication with parents (stories, photos, milestones)  throughout the year.

TDSB teachers can request a copy of the article by contacting the library at  (416) 395-8289 or email

Also: (what a coincidink! ) April 10 – 16 is National Wildlife Week in Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation has organized a CWF Walk for Wildlife  campaign for schools. “CWF “Walk for Wildlife” is a national campaign that encourages all Canadians to get outside and experience the wildlife and natural spaces that define Canada. The 2016 Walk for Wildlife will take place during National Wildlife Week 2016 (April 10 – 16) with two specific walk dates: walks organized by participating schools across the country Friday, April 15th, and a national Walk for Wildlife Saturday, April 16th. This year’s theme is “Giving Wings to Wildlife Conservation,” shining a spotlight on the issues facing Canada’s wild winged species, from birds and bees to butterflies and bats. All funds raised through your efforts will help support the critical CWF programs in our “Wild By Nature” campaign. Register your school or take part as an individual. Either way, help us “give wings to wildlife conservation” by participating in the 2016 Walk For Wildlife.”

Check it out! Rowan



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