My students come from a small town of less than 20,000 people, but have hearts big enough to love a million. Everyday they are faced with challenges; whether they are from a military family just moving to town or they were born here and have attended multiple schools due to families just trying to make ends meet. One thing they all have in common is heart. They have a heart for each other. They care about one another.
"We are at our finest when we take care of each other." Katherine Center
This is how our students come to school everyday. They find ways to help others feel welcomed or help them feel like they are just as good as anyone else. Here in our small town you won't find fancy cars or expensive houses, but you will find a young generation of students that care for one another and want to make everyone feel special, no matter their background.
Most students will agree that PE is their favorite time of the school day. They play games, run around, explore new equipment and movement concepts, but most of all my students love to move with MUSIC. Whether they are playing a competitive game, completing a warm up poster, or walking laps around the track/field they always ask for the music to be playing.
Music encourages movement, and movement is a crucial part in a child's development.
This iPod will allow my students to have access to music during PE class. My younger students (KG-2nd) love to warm up to songs that get them jumping, stretching, and twisting. My older students (3rd-5th) are less likely to ask how many more exercises when they are working out to an upbeat song. Why do runners listen to music while they track their miles? Why do cooperate gyms play music while people lift weights? Because music encourages us to give a little more, try a little harder, and maybe even enjoy the art of exercise.
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