May 17, 2014

Spark Student Motivation: Fitness Afternoon

One of the school year's most motivating events for my sixers was held yesterday. Called Fitness Day, the event is really only a portion of the afternoon. We set aside a period of time and bring together groups of classes to celebrate physical activity. Last year each class participated in a round robin of eight activities during a two hour period.



This year a former student and graduate of our school, Mr. Izzi organized and lead the day for us. Mr. Izzi recently earned his teaching degree (health and physical education K-12) and has been subbing for us. He taught the students a new game and lead them through several sets of exercises. The students were engaged, played well together, followed directions, and just had plain FUN! I was so proud of my class. Mr. Izzi and the other adults who were helping him commented how well-behaved and attentive they were... and this is the class that is in trouble more than one day a week in the lunchroom!


Be sure to stop by my friend Joanne's blog, Head Over Heels for Teaching, to read more posts about what Sparks Student Motivation.


8 comments:

  1. I love this! Physical activity is very motivating for students of all ages!

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth

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    1. I sooooo agree, Mary! My kiddos this year NEED to move! They behave SOOOO much better when ever I can incorporate movement/physicality into anything!

      Have a good week,
      A.

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  2. Sounds like so much fun! Don't you love it when your students make you feel proud!?!

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    1. My sixers have had a rough few weeks, especially the boys! This was such a positive activity for them! I'm hoping it will be a springboard for improved behavior all around!

      Have a great week, Deb!
      A.

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    1. I don't think I heard one complaint or saw one sad face. My sixth graders were the last to finish each activity, but they didn't care one bit! They had FUN!

      Have a nice week,
      A.

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  4. Anytime kids think they're "playing" is always motivating! I bet this is similar to our Field Day-I like that yours is inside though!!! :) Thanks for sharing and linking up Angela!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    1. We will have a field day a bit later, closer to the last day. It's a bit more less organized. The students are free to choose from a TON of activities that are hosted by our PTO parents. We were inside on this day because of the rain!

      Have a great day!
      A.

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