There’s a new enthusiasm as classroom movement training for teachers has them hopping, skipping, and playing an active version of rock, paper, scissors. All of these activities are designed to help teachers find quick ways to get their students moving.
95 teachers from Boulder Valley schools attended an in service training on classroom movement. “Kids need to move,” said Diana Sorbo, a music teacher at Broomfield’s Emerald Elementary. “It gets their focus back.”
The district received a $100,000 Thriving Schools grant from Kaiser Permanente to cover the training sessions. They were led by Spark, a research based public health organization. The objective is to create programs that promote lifelong wellness.
According to the writer of the grant, Boulder Valley Fine Arts Director Roy Holloway, each of the schools participating appointed a school movement coordinator. These coordinators will meet four times a year to share ideas on how to get students to move.
“Over time, I hope we can build a bank of tips and strategies we can use all over the district,” he said. “I’m just so excited about this.”