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Jennings Randolph teacher receives donation

ELKINS — Jennings Randolph Elementary School is thrilled to announce that students in “Mrs. Nestor’s” fourth-grade class are now getting fresh air and exercise while they learn.

Thanks to a grant from anonymous donors, the class received “WalkKit” audio players for each student preloaded with over 100 podcasts on topics including science, social studies, and language arts. Comprehension quizzes, discussion questions, and other supplemental materials are provided in a Teacher’s Guide.

Through The Walking Classroom, students take brisk 20-minute walks, as a class, while listening to the same custom-written, kid-friendly podcast. Each podcast begins with a brief health literacy message, and the lesson plans in the Teacher’s Guide help educators effectively discuss and review the podcast material. The program gets kids out of their seats and walking without sacrificing instructional time.

Students return to the classroom in better moods, more focused, and more likely to engage in post-walk discussions, officials said. Teachers regularly report that after implementing the program, students retain the information better, demonstrate better behavior and engagement in the classroom, and perform better on standardized exams.

While all students benefit from the increased activity and educational content, inactive children and children with low academic achievement stand to benefit the most, officials said. The program also provides teachers with an innovative tool to meet the needs of students with alternative learning styles such as ADHD, dyslexia and/or autism.

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