Class of 2022
Taking on a performance mentality is important when we are creating our identity. We discover our strengths and personas. Fourth graders form groups and choreograph a rhythmic dance compilation to perform in front of the class. We learn about 8-counts, beats, movement combinations, leadership, compromise, and collaboration.
Changes in Speed
We are full of energy when we are 9 & 10! How do we learn to exert and conserve at the right times? These strong students are encouraged to use more strategy to keep in a game longer and utilize technique so their endurance lasts. We have many lessons regarding cardiovascular and muscular endurance.
Ever feel like you are either born with a skill set or you're not? We used to accept that as true. Now research has proven that through neuroplasticity (our brain changing through time) we can teach ourselves new skill sets. The key is having a growth mindset, positive self-talk, and committing to the practice.
Writing down our goals creates electrical signals between the right brain, which is imaginative, and the left brain, which is literal. Studies show we are more likely to achieve your goals if we write them down.
Personal trainers get paid to keep us accountable. How amazing if we could learn those skills young?
Once you realize the way you feel after exercise, you can begin to recognize the brain benefits. We learn how movement increases our ability to process new information and can help focus before a test.
Ideally, all students would exercise before the school day to wake their pre frontal cortex.
The "Can't" Word
It's a bully.
We learn the power of words in PE. We discover the abilities we have and discuss those who overcome disabilities. Instead we give "60 seconds of shout-outs" to one student each class highlighting their strength.
Exposure is key - just keep trying new activities at this age. Expect that the first 3 times will be less exciting, but stick it out anyway! We like being "good" at activities and often avoid the ones that take more effort. Adults can really help to encourage kids to try something until they get the hang of it before making a decision.
Collaboration & Competition
We have Design Principles in EL Education that guide our practice.
Learning how to compete with our personal best is a very large emphasis in Adventure PE. We also acknowledge that some students take this lesson to an exemplary status and we leave a placeholder in our Sportfolios for honorary recognition.