In a recent post, I described how much easier it was to meet with students while walking than while sitting. The content of the meetings stayed the same. I met with them after my Academic Writing class to help them with their writing.
I asked my students what they thought of these meetings. They had three complaints:
1. I walked too fast.
2. It wasn’t so easy to avoid bicycles and listen to me at the same time.
3. It was cold.
I told them that I found the meetings less tiring. They did not notice this.
I considered walking inside the teaching building but it turned out to be too dark. Instead, we walked outside the building in a nearly-deserted alley (solving Complaint #2). I walked more slowly (colving Complaint #1). I couldn’t do anything about Complaint #3.
The students could choose the length of the meetings. Last week all five of them chose 15 minutes. After 1 hour and 15 minutes of walking meetings, I felt entirely refreshed. As if I had done no work at all.