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Classroom Activity Breaks at TCMS

By
Rachel Barnes,   Trimble County Middle School
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Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Classroom Activity Breaks at TCMS

Trimble County Middle School has jumped on board the activity break wagon with the help of Fuel Up to Play 60! Our student health committee organized the Kickoff containing guest speakers from a local crossfit gym; student, teacher, and guest speaker push-up and burpee competitions; and healthy smoothies made by cafeteria staff. At the assembly, our students introduced our initiatives: a before school intramural program and in class activity breaks. They also attended a staff meeting to present these ideas to the staff and show them ways to incorporate activity in the classroom. Since then, teachers have found creative ways to implement the ideas including walking breaks, dance parties as a reward, and yoga ball chairs instead of desks. The intramural program meets twice a week before school and has been averaging 45 student participants each morning. Students are logging on to the website and completing challenges on their own time. The students are so thankful to be up and moving outside of PE class and the teachers are starting to see benefits of focus with school work. We look forward to continuing to implement activity daily and finding new ways to get students involved.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Teachers are using dancing, yoga videos, and stretching as breaks in the classroom. Before school intramurals is active twice a week with about 45 students attending.