My students need 26 hockey sticks to ensure each child gets their own personal experience. Hockey is a great sport for students to learn hand-eye coordination as well as manipulating a long handled implement.
A good portion of my students come from Spanish speaking, low-income families where some even live in shelters. What sets my Kindergarten and first grade students out from everyone else is that they have NEVER had a physical education class before. In the past they had to wait until second grade where they move to the other building down the road to get their first encounter with physical activity. The kids this year were so excited that I was hired and that they were getting to move around and enjoy being active.
Imagine never having physical activity or learning basic gross motor skills until the age of 8 years old.
So far this year I have taught my students basic locomotor movements (galloping, skipping, hopping on 1 foot, etc), jumping and landing properly, flexibility through yoga and currently a rhythm and dance unit. The thrill they get from being able to get energy out and learn about activities or sports they have never encountered before is what keeps me going as a teacher. The cheers I hear while walking to each class for gym is exciting!
These materials, specifically the long hockey sticks, will broaden the possibilities for my students. Hockey isn't readily available for all students worldwide to try, especially those in urban settings like my kids. These hockey sticks will give each student the opportunity to work on hand-eye coordination as well as manipulating a long handled implement.
Hockey develops skills that can build a foundation for a lifetime.
Hockey at PS 205 will promote focus, responsibility, commitment, and confidence in physical activity all while my students are having fun learning a game they have never experienced before! Floor hockey outdoors this year will put such smiles on my students faces.
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