Help me give my students the motivation to keep walking and moving with these pedometers.
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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 eight years old.
So far this year I have taught my students' basic locomotor movements (galloping, skipping, hopping on one 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!
Walking, even when you don't realize it, can burn a lot of calories. Many smart devices come with step counters built in, but as children, they may not always have access to this technology.
Pedometers are a great way to track progress, motivate students, and help them achieve their daily goals for Physical Education class.
The pedometers will be assigned to each student per class to be worn throughout the period. At the end, they will record their score and keep a record of how many steps they completed. This will help them track their progress throughout the year and unit.
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