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Students as Coaches

Alexis Quick,   Sherwood Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation, Student Leadership,  Success with Funds
This year we decided to let the students create the lesson plans for our afterschool running club. Our running club was organized into 3 different stations. One station consisted of running the track. One station was interval training. The third station was teambuilding games! The student leaders would create lesson plans for the teambuilding station. It was a big hit because the students got to choose activities they are interested in. The students would create the lesson plans, gather the materials, set the game up, and then teach the other students how to do the activity.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students would create a lesson plan. They would then put the teacher in charge and share their lesson plan with them. The teacher would then prompt the student with questions to help the student confirm that their lesson is age-appropriate, doable, and engaging. Once both parties approved the lesson, the lesson would be implemented at the following practice!

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

We will continue to let the student leaders plan lessons for future running team practices in future years.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students are doing all they can to prove they are leaders because they want to be the ones to run the practices.