Today I have the pleasure to go to visit Liz Pearson’s class during their gym class. I am excited to see the kids and to see what kind of shape they are in. As I get there I do notice that Miss Pearson is outside with her class doing some form of running on the spot drills… I asked her what she is doing and she explains that she likes to do these little fitness drills with her class to try to keep them motivated and to burn off some excess energy so that they can focus more is the class room. Smart of her!!
I am introduced to Mr.Steele, he is the principle of the school and he is excited to hear what my plans for the kids are going to be. I had mentioned to him that my goal for the class was to make things fun and tough all rolled into one class. I was going to play some games with the kids, wheel barrel races, skipping, push ups, step ups, squats, running around the gym. I wanted to finish the class off with a game of dodge ball, boy have the times changed. I was introduced into the latest and more modern game of dodge ball to be honest it was somewhat more complicated then I remember. Thank goodness for Mr. Steele because there was various times throughout the class when the kids were winning the battle over me. He was able to bring everyone back and to get some control of the chaos that was happening.
I did have a couple of the little girls struggle with some of the workout and it just so happened that they were a couple of the heavier girls in the class. They found it tough and some tears were shed but I think we handled it pretty well and we rallied them back so that they could have fun with the rest of the class.
After the class was over I had the opportunity to chat with Mr. Steele, I really wanted to find out about what they did with the kids and after school programs, team sports they offer etc. I was really pleased to find out that Mr. Steele has strong beliefs in sports and nutrition. Mr. Steele has introduced a veggie/fruit program where the school brings in healthy veggie snacks in the morning so the kids learn new foods and fills them up on fresh veggies/fruits before recess. That’s a great idea!
I did mention to Mr. Steele and I would love to help out with any programs that they are doing while I am in Taylor, I also mentioned that I would love to work with Miss Pearson’s class again if we could make it work…