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Get Up Get Moving at Ashburn

By
Robert Lanham,   Ashburn Elementary School
Play:
In-Class Physical Activity Breaks — Good For Mind and Body
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation
Throughout the school year, we have consistently reminded the classroom teachers of all the great options available to their students during the day. I couldn't tell you how many times that I have walked past a class and either saw or heard the students completing one of the brain breaks. It is so rewarding for students to come into P.E. and want to talk about all of the activity they have done in their classrooms. I have also heard from teachers that they use it as a mind break when students are getting too fidgety. All around, it is a win-win for everyone.

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

The Play has been stored in the staff drive for my school. Everyone has access to it and can use it as much as possible.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I have seen students fitness scores higher this year than previously and students are achieving better grades overall.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Throughout the year, we have had conversations in class, brainstorming ideas for Plays, or ideas of how to get the message out that the program has several benefits. One of the Plays involved students making smoothies for our Family Fitness Night and we had about 10-15 different recipes that students created. They were also involved in the smoothie making process.