I teach PE at an elementary school with about 700 students. Our students come from a combination of suburban and rural areas. A good number of our students are from lower income families.
My students come into each physical education class ready to move.
I teach a class from each grade level every day, and sometimes have double classes. The older grades (3-5) have PE class twice a week, and the younger grades (K-2) come to PE once a week. Pre-K also gets to come twice a week.
I use jump ropes often in class with all of my students. This is a great way to stay healthy and have fun. I also use ropes during our big jump rope unit and give some jump ropes away as prizes. This is a great piece of equipment that the students can use at home.
The biggest way having more jump ropes will help my classes is when we do our big jump rope unit. I have a whole grade level come to the gym at the same time and the students are placed in groups. The groups have 3 days to put together a jump rope routine that they will perform for their grade level on day four. There are about 120 students in the gym working on their routines and they have to share jump ropes.
I would like to have enough jump ropes so that everyone can use their own rope to practice their routines.
The resource teachers score the routines and the winning groups from each grade level get goody bags. I like to put a jump rope in these bags so that the students can have one at home to use.
The students really enjoy the jump rope unit. It is really exciting to see the improvement during the week as they practice. It is also a great confidence booster for some of these students. Just getting up in front of others, especially their own classmates, is challenging. It is rewarding to see the smiles on their faces once they complete their routine and everyone is cheering for their group.
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