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Fit to Be Taught, Vol.14

Computers and Phys Ed Do Mix!


Students and teachers in Hood River, Oregon, use a spreadsheet program to track progress in physical fitness. Graphs and charts show how students have improved and what skills they need to work on. A copy of those graphs and charts is included with student report cards.

"It's a good project and it ties in well with other curriculum areas," said Cindy S. Morus, owner of Phelps Creek Personal Computing and an independent consultant who works with area schools. "It's one more example of graphing for the kids. It also lets kids see real averages on something meaningful -- something that they are personally involved in."

Third graders in Stephanie Perkins's class at the May Street School keep track of their progress on individual fitness cards. Kids record their progress in events such as the mile run, the shuttle run, sit-ups, sit-and-reaches, and pull downs. Once the three-times-a-year testing is completed, each student inputs his or her personal data into Excel. That Excel data is used to create charts and graphs that show individual progress. "Students like the graphs," Perkins told Education World. "They like to see a visual of how they are improving. Some really get motivated [by the graphs] to improve, and that's exciting."

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Moving Across America

As part of the Move Across America program at Adams Elementary School in Arkansas City, Kansas, students kept track of the number of quarter-mile laps they have run or walked to see if they can reach the total number of miles between San Francisco, California, and New York City.

Physical education teacher Paul Shimon developed the idea after some teachers noticed the large number of students who were inactive during recess. The principal painted a red line outlining a quarter-mile track on the playground. A large bulletin board on rolling wheels is used to hold a map of the United States. The music teacher helped to make a red, white, and blue border with a handmade bow in one corner.

Shimon used the map to plot the number of miles students walked or ran. Each time a student completed a lap, they received a tongue depressor that has a healthy tip or saying on it to reinforce healthy habits. Each student turned in the tongue depressors to have their laps recorded. Each time they completed ten laps, they received a plastic shoe token.

All students participated in the program weekly and had the opportunity to participate at recess.

Some students were interested in reaching New York City, while others wanted to get more shoe tokens. Shimon also worked with students on portion control, eating a balanced diet, and the relationship between ingesting calories and burning them off.

Read more about this program at: Move Across America: A Patriotic Endeavor.

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