During class, I modeled three different In Class Activity breaks. We then critiqued them. Students discussed why class would be more engaging if activity breaks were used, then they had to figure out why teachers won't use them or are hesitant to use them. Students then had to use a variety of websites to create their own breaks, implement current curriculum into the PA Breaks, and then teach them to the class. We are presenting on Feb. 8th and will be uploading videos to the school webpage as a resource for teachers to use. Students have also been given extra credit for inviting a classroom teacher to the presentations!
How did students and adults work together as a team?
My students had to form cooperative groups to create their ideas. They worked with myself, another program advisor (in another state!), and our administration to determine how these could fit into daily activities. Students also had to work with classroom teachers to get ideas for curriculum.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
We will continuously add to our PA Break Library and hopefully start bringing other teachers into the mix. Currently we are just working with 6th graders and 6th grade teachers, but our goal is to make it spread throughout all grade levels.
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