Victoria Howard

Jackson

Victoria Howard

Jackson

Biography

Get Moving! Engaging Kinesthetic Learners with the Walking Classroom

The purpose of this action research project is to explore the impact of blending learning with physical activity will have on student performance over the course of a school year although this project Is sustainable and can be researched for several years after its first implementation. This study will particularly focus on the effect of students listening to content-based podcasts while walking outside or in an open space. This is an area of interest as according to the National Assessment for Educational Progress, nearly 63% of fourth-graders (now Sth graders) tested at or below basic reading levels In 2017 (NAEP, 2017). It is an ongoing task of educators to research and explore more strategies to increase the number of students testing proficient in reading. However, one often-overlooked tool for improving students’ reading, as well as their learning from text, is through listening. Listening can improve reading achievement, as evidenced by several studies.