We’re all familiar with students who struggle to pay attention for long periods of time. They tend to doodle, stretch, stand up from their seats, and occasionally display misbehavior, all because we ask them to engage in an activity that proves difficult for them – ‘sit and get.’ These students are likely kinesthetic learners, and unfortunately, traditional instructional approaches often overlook this style of learning.
Research has shown that incorporating movement into education is beneficial for students. Moving in the classroom promotes cognition, academic performance, academic achievement, reductions in behavior management episodes, and reductions in childhood obesity. While the education system has emphasized test scores and performance, subjects like physical education, music, and art have been given less priority. However, national organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Academy of Medicine recommend that students engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
ActivEd and Walkabouts were inspired by years of published research about both education and health – and the correlation between the two. In fact, Dr. Julian Reed, the founder of ActivEd, is among the nation’s leading researchers exploring the link between issues such as obesity, cognition, and academic performance. His discoveries and extensive studies on kinesthetic learning play a pivotal role in shaping every aspect of the Walkabouts platform.
The online Walkabouts platform integrates proven kinesthetic techniques into short, movement-rich, standards-based math, language arts, and reading lessons for PreK-2 students. The evidence-based curriculum supplement helps build students’ confidence, improve self-awareness, and enhance self-control. Walkabouts are even correlated to NAEYC, Head Start, and state standards.
One of the greatest advantages of Walkabouts is that it requires no special equipment. Teachers only need a computer with an internet connection to access the ActivEd platform. To start a Walkabout, teachers logon to the ActivEd platform, choose the appropriate grade level, subject, subcategory, or standard for the Walkabout. The content can be projected on a SmartScreen or via a projector, making it easy for students to participate.
Walkabouts serve multiple purposes in the classroom. They can introduce new concepts, reinforce existing skills, or review content before starting new lessons. The activities don’t take up much space; only the area needed for a simple movement like a jumping jack. Students can perform the activities near their desks or gather on a large rug.
Unlike traditional worksheets, each Walkabout is accompanied by at least one subject of Walksheets to support the learning process. These Walksheets cover various subjects, including ELA/literacy, math, science, and social studies. Additionally, teachers have access to PDF versions of all storybooks and informational texts used in reading Walkabouts.
By using Walkabouts, teachers can help their students meet the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, which is particularly beneficial for kinesthetic learners as it enhances their retention and comprehension of lessons.
Destination knowledge is committed to helping schools access tools to support student growth and success. To learn more about Walkabouts reach out to our team at email@example.com or call 800-889-4886.
Teia Hoover Baker is an educator, published author, and entrepreneur. She is an innovative, devoted educator whose career has been dedicated to coordinating programs that support struggling learners. Her passion is meeting students where they are and guiding them to excel. Her main focus is always what is best for children. Teia holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys being Lovie to her growing grandchildren.