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Moving in the Morning

Tasha Tolbert,   Fort Lupton Middle School
Physical Activity Participation

Each morning our entire school participates in our Moving in the Morning physical activity Play! Our student council leaders purchased Fit Sticks for every teacher. Each morning our lead secretary ends our announcements by drawing a Fit Stick and leading our school in the physical activity! It has been a great way to introduce the students and teachers how to incorporate physical activity breaks into their classroom. It also is a great way to get the kids up and moving, waking up their bodies and brains for a day of learning!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Our FUTP 60 team and teacher leaders met to discuss how we could incorporate physical activity into our daily routine, without taking time away from the quality instruction taking place in our classrooms. After researching different possibilities we decided on Fit Sticks. We then decided to have our FUTP60 student leaders be in charge of the classroom plays. In the middle of each instructional block a student leader pulls a stick and leads the class in an activity.

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

The Play will last through out the school year as we purchased two sets of the Fit Sticks, ensuring there are enough to make it through the school year. We also have blank sticks that are FUTP 60 team members will use to create their own, new physical activities.

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

As with any new change to routine there are a few people who resist wanting to do the activity. At the beginning we had teachers pulling the sticks and leading the activity. Unfortunately, some teachers were just not having their class/students participate so we decided we needed a new plan. By having the students choose the sticks and lead the activity we now have 100% participation