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Shake It Off!

By
Hana Muller,   Nativity Of Mary School
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Let's Dance!
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Physical Activity Participation

When traveling from class to class, my students are all doing alternative movements such as lunges, bunny hops, skips, or side shuffles down the hallways. Once they can do this silently and be witnessed 5 times, they are earning a water bottle and pedometer to use. The pedometer will then be used to do 100 Mile Club and keep track of how many steps we are getting in. We have also implemented more "brain breaks" during class time. We are doing yoga, stretches, dance breaks, goofy movements, and cross body activities to refresh our minds and bodies and be ready to learn again. Very proud of my teachers and students!

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

My students are very competitive. While this can be a great thing, I didn't want all my activities to be against each other. The activities I chose are made to do individually and then working together to reach the 100 Mile goal. I think this will help foster an inclusive environment.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Both my teachers and students have to come up with "brain breaks" and active movements in the hallways. I expect the teachers to be doing the movements with their class.