Why did you agree to be on this Active School Team? Did you get a chance to look at the video’s/article sent by email? http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_physicaled What did you think? What did you take-away?
60 minutes of physical activity is recommended for kids to get each day It is estimated only half meet this guideline. Students who are physically active tend to have better: Grades School Attendance Cognitive Performance Classroom Behavior Increase Concentration and Focus
Children spend up to half of their waking hours in school. In an increasingly sedentary world, schools provide the best opportunity for a population-based approach to increasing physical activity among youth. Today, the role of the school is more important than ever as fewer families have a parent at home who is not participating in the paid labor force, and students are spending more time in before- and after-school programs outside of the home. Schools have a broad reach. Structuring school environments to encourage and support physical activity offers a unique opportunity to reach nearly all children and adolescents. Lifelong health habits are initiated early in life. Schools have an impact on children's health both today and in the future. Glickman, D., Parker, L., Sim, L.J., Cook, H. & Miller, E.A., (Eds.) (2012) Accelerating progress in obesity prevention: Solving the weight of the nation. Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention. Food and Nutrition Board. Institute of Medicine.
Many strategies of increasing physical activity effect school performance. Active Classrooms Active Recess Active PE Before & After School Family & Community Active Schools: Core 4+ Strategies
Physical Activity PracticeRelated Academic Achievement Outcomes Students who are physically active Have better grades, better school attendance, and better classroom behaviors Higher physical activity and physical fitness levels Improved cognitive performance More participation in physical education class Better grades, standardized test scores, and classroom behavior Time spent in recess Improved cognitive performance and classroom behaviors Participation in brief classroom physical activity breaks Improved cognitive performance, classroom behaviors, and education outcomes Participation in extracurricular physical activities Higher GPAs, lower drop-out rates, and fewer disciplinary problems Healthy Kids, Successful Students. Stronger Communities Powerpoint http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/health_and_academics/
Active classrooms means integrating movement breaks, also known as energizing breaks or brain breaks, outside of physical education and recess, into the school day. Can be shorter time periods (3-5 minutes). Although a total of 20 minutes is the goal. Regular breaks improve learning because they give students time to make sense of information. In the classroom, children need breaks for learning to be effective. Active Schools: Core 4+ Strategies
Active Recess involves purposefully designing the playground and recess activities to encourage physical activity for all students. Incorporates activities on the grassy areas or fields, blacktop surfaces, and playground equipment. Provides children with a guarantee of non-structured play each day. Provides some structure to recess and may include several activity stations scattered around the playground and green spaces. Active Schools: Core 4+ Strategies
Effective physical educators can teach skills while students spend a majority of their time being physically active. They employ a variety of strategies, all of which may be used to increase the amount of active time. These can include: Management strategies such as active roll call and assigned rolls Instructional strategies such as student-selected activities during the beginning and end of class Active Schools: Core 4+ Strategies
School districts can implement a wide variety of before- and after- school programs that include physical activity for students and perhaps their families. These can include: Intramurals School-community recreation Community education 21 st Century Community Learning Centers Clubs and related education-focused programs Active Schools: Core 4+ Strategies
Encourage students to develop activity patterns that go beyond the school setting which supports lifelong participation. This may be completed at the school, or PE teacher level. Creating assignments to encourage physical activity. Active Schools: Core 4+ Strategies
The ultimate goal is the amount of impact you can have. Reach x Dose = Impact Reach ~ how many people in the targeted population are being affected. Dose ~ how much of a given strategy is occurring, which we’ll measure using 10 minutes as one “dose” of physical activity. * Keep in mind impact when thinking about your strategies. * Active Schools: Core 4+ Strategies
Scenario #1 – The school holds a “1-day walking event”. About 150 students participate (reach) and the average student walks for 30 minutes (dose), which is equal to three doses (10 min = 1 dose). The total impact is 150 x 3 = 450. Scenario #2 – The school implements an Active Classroom policy and all classrooms and students participate daily in 10 minutes of activity in the morning and 10 minutes of activity in the afternoon (2 doses/day). The 200 students participate all year long or about 180 school days. So the total impact is 200 students x 2 doses/day x 180 days = 72,000. Active Schools Toolkit
Challenge the strategies you choose : What’s the reach and the dose? Will many students benefit from it? Will this lead to more? Will this continue if our team is not there? Is there a need for more support?
Taking away recess? Using physical activity as punishment? Giving physical activity as a reward? Directing energy toward physical activity? Not having age-appropriate equipment? Providing a wide-range of activity options for all interest and abilities ?
Action Plan Form December 15, 2014: Written action plan and preliminary budget due. March 15, 2015: Final project reports due and all orders are complete.
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