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Building Self-Confidence

By
Katherine Hermsen,   Brubaker Elementary School
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Student Leadership,  Other

A very shy, quiet student joined Fuel Up to Play 60 early in the fall. Almost weekly when she comes to PE she will ask to "sign in to Fuel up to Play 60"..She will log on, find the challenges that she can complete...and then return to the class. As others saw her earning "prizes" and being consistent with the program, others became interested. She rarely spoke to others, and was often by herself. I asked her to help another student and she beamed! She now is a leader in her own class, offering to "teach" others how to log on and how to maneuver the web site. She is only a third grader!! I have watched her self-confidence grow due to her involvement with Fuel up to Play!

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Some challenges are that many students don't have home access to computer. I see them only once a week in PE,so keeping their interest is a challenge. Continue "talks" and posters help.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Working with this student's classroom teacher has helped in having her sometimes come to the gym in the am before class to talk about "healthy" things we can do for the school. Many posters have been posted.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Helping others has been beneficial for many. Seeing the self-confidence grow in any student is a joy. Friends have been made through Fuel Up to Play 60.