The students at my school are a diverse group of joyful learners. Our school is at Title I school that has 100% free breakfast and lunch, and offers meals in the summer. The school is situated in a low socio-economic part of our city and has a high crime rate related to drug abuse. Many of our students come to us with trauma and we are teaching them to regulate their emotions through our soical-emotional curriculum, mindfulness and a specific classroom that is available to students who need emotion regulation.
Despite the struggles our students face and the challenge of creating a safe and thriving learning environment, our students love PE.
Although some days I come home exhausted from traumatic experiences in the classroom, I wouldn't teach at any other school. Each day is a new day and an opportunity to experience joy and success.
We play many games with bean bags and we especially love the polite sharing game. One student has an object and as we walk around the gym, we ask the other "may I please have some broccoli?" The other says "yes you may." We respond with a please and a thank you.
Older kids play many tossing and tag games with bean bags and we enjoy the versatility and the safety that playing with bean bags offers.
The bean bags that we have now have many rips and the little beads inside end up all over the gym floor. We would feel very fortunate to have some new bean bags.
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