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This is great!!! I am also a physical education teacher for grades 3-8. This year I am implementing a more fitness based program to my older grades. I believe strongly that this is the way our programs will be going towards. Keep up the good work!
It sounds like you have a very beneficial program at your school. The school that I was recently at was very similar to yours. There was three areas of physical education that they had to take, those included; physical fitness, team sports, and aquatics. I loved the way that the program was set up; it truly pushed the students to work and incorporate fitness into their daily lives. I am now teaching at a catholic elementary school and the program that I came into is very different. It has taken me all year to get the students to stop asking me to play dodge ball!!!! I have been working hard to incorporate all the elements of a quality program, but I just do not see them enough throughout the week for it to be truly beneficial to them.
I try to get them excited about fitness using incentives such as "fit-bucks." Students earn “fit-bucks” for participating and reaching their goal for that specific class. They can then exchange their "money" for fun fitness toys (jump ropes, balls, water bottles, etc.) or the whole class can combine their money to "pay" for an extra period of physical education class. It seems to really motivate the students, especially the younger ones. Any other incentives you use to motivate your students?
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I also teach physical education. I believe that increasing the physical activity of our students can only have positive affects. Our Phys. Ed. program is fitness based. The students work daily on improving their fitness levels in four key areas: core strength, upper-body strength, flexibility, and cardiovasculare endurance. After they complete their warm-up/conditioning work they move into recreational sports or lifetime activities. We have our students for forty-five minutes every day and we try to keep them moving for the whole period. Sixth graders often come into the program struggling, but soon are able to notice their improvement. By the time they leave us after eighth grade, they are well on their way to understanding the importance of an active lifestyle.
Activity releases endorphines in the body which make us feel better. If we feel better we will be more likely to engage ourselves in the activity of learning.
Some students have excess energy, and if it is not utilized in a positive way it could be untilized in a negative way. How can they sit still at their desk and concentrate on what they are reading, if they need to move? A morning fitness club that takes a mile jog before school could really benefit some students and teachers as well. Do you have a sucessful program at your school? Please let me know your thoughts or ideas!
As a physical education teacher, I think that any movement that the students can fit into their daily routine is GREAT! The students at my school participate in physical education for 1 hour a week! So, out of almost 40 hours a week of being in school they have a structured one hour of movement. This idea of involving movement into academics is a good idea. Classroom teachers can definitely incorporate movement into their lessons. Unfortunately, the amount of movement that can be incorporated is probably not that much. We need to start putting some pressure on the parents and push them to help their children stay fit outside of school!