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First Things First

Chad Marsh,   Kent El
Physical Activity Participation

As soon as the students enter the gym, they begin walking around our track. After we have loosened up a bit, I turn on our running clock and the students jog for the duration of time left on the clock.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Everyone is able to have success because the emphasis is that you are running at YOUR best pace. Some students are faster, some are slower, but the rule is you have to be jogging. Everyone can be successful and measure their goals because they can track their individual progress from class to class, no matter their physical starting point.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We are able to make this Play last because in each subsequent class, we increase the time the students have to jog. We are constantly building on to our goal all year long.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Each week the run is a little bit tougher, so students are able to see themselves getting stronger. I have seen a good percentage of students jogging 100% of the time and setting high goals for themselves. Hopefully, this goal setting and self confidence will transfer into their academic work in the classroom.