Lunch Walk #LetsGetMoving

#LetsGetMoving

#LetsGetMoving

I’ve decided to put together two lunch activities with the Junior High students – both are optional. It’s twofold. On Mondays & Thursdays, I’m going to invite them to get active outside with a lunch time walk. I think it’s important to stay active or at least get moving after you eat – something I need to be more committed too. I figured on the days that I have extra time during lunch, I might as well start taking walks. Luckily, I have a nice big playground to do the walking. I’m currently trying to lose some weight, and I would like some walking buddies 😉 I also think this would be a nice opportunity to build with students outside of the classroom setting. That being said, I try to go out to the playground during lunch to converse with students at least once a week. I might as well be walking when I’m talking.

On Tuesdays & Fridays (I do a majority of my grading those days), I’m going to offer my classroom for students wanting a quite area to do homework or to catch up on work that they “forgot” to do 😉 I will be handing this flier (here) out on Monday, and these will be totally optional activities. I’m not sure how many students will actually be interested, so we will see how it goes. If anybody has ever done this, I’m open to suggestions on how to get more people involved…

Don’t Forget To Have Fun ;]

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On Friday, we had an Honor’s Assembly, and we ended up having some spare time in our Homeroom class. The kid’s decided to challenge yours truly to a race. They must have sized me up, and they figured I couldn’t carry my big frame too swiftly. They were sorely mistaken, and they learned a good lesson – never judge a book by the cover. I did promise the class that I would post a visual in the form of a video on our blog, but due to privacy issues, I decided against it. That being said, we will be viewing the race in our class during Homeroom.

The day before, I  used the Pac 12 Tournament as an opportunity to have some fun after school. I invited anybody that was interested in watching the Arizona Wildcats play the Colorado Buffaloes to stop by my classroom. We had about 10 to 12 students stop by to watch the game. Although the streaming on the Pac12 Network was a little bit infuriating at times, the kids and I enjoyed ourselves. During the invite, I recounted a story of how I snuck a miniature television into school during my sophomore year of high school to watch the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 1995. The kids all laughed at me, and they found that story completely outrageous;) I’ve said this before, and I will say it again, I think it’s important to connect with students on more than just curriculum. When you do that, it pays off, and they are more receptive when you are trying to teach them the planned curriculum. Plus it makes the classroom a lot more fun…