It's All About Kids (IAK) is excited for 2019! A new year often means new goals or refocusing goals. Please visit our website to see what resources IAK has to assist you and your school in achieving their 2019 goals!
If you are setting a personal goal of getting more physical activity,here is a great 5 day workout plan to help you achieve your goal!
IAK IN ACTION - Did you know?
IAK staff attended OSDE’s Health & Physical Activity training in December! During the training IAK staff learned about the importance of Functional Fitness, How Functional Fitness Increases MVA, and How to Implement A Functional Fitness Unit Into PE. In the afternoon, the training highlighted How To Implement Physical Activity Breaks Into the Elementary Classroom, How To Promote Effective Recess at Your School, and the true meaning of Oklahoma's physical education and physical activity laws. If you are not sure of Oklahoma’s Physical Education & Physical Activity policy, visit this website http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=106034.
Important points about policy discussed during the training:
The Board shall require, as a condition of accreditation, that public elementary schools provide instruction, for students in full-day kindergarten and grades one through five, in physical education or exercise programs for a minimum of an average of sixty (60) minutes each week. The time students participate in recess shall not be counted toward the sixty-minutes-per-week physical education requirement.According to this policy, students should not sit out during physical education or exercise programs for disciplinary reasons. Instead, the students choice of what to do while in PE may be chosen for them. Taking away choice keeps you in compliance with the student getting 60 minutes of physical education each week.
School districts shall provide to parents or guardians of students a physical activity report. The report shall be provided to parents and guardians at least annually.
The Board shall require, as a condition of accreditation, that public elementary schools provide to students in full-day kindergarten and grades one through five, in addition to the requirements set forth in subsection B of this section, an average of sixty (60) minutes each week of physical activity, which may include, but not be limited to, physical education, exercise programs, fitness breaks, recess, and classroom activities, and wellness and nutrition education. According to this policy, students should not sit out during physical activity opportunities for disciplinary reasons. For example, recess should not be taken away from students. Instead, the students choice of what to do while on recess may be chosen for them. Taking away choice keeps you in compliance with the student getting 60 minutes of physical activity each week.
The Board shall also strongly encourage school districts to incorporate physical activity into the school day by providing to students in full-day kindergarten and grades one through five at least a twenty-minute daily recess, which shall be in addition to the sixty (60) minutes of physical education as required by subsection B of this section, and by allowing all students brief physical activity breaks throughout the day, physical activity clubs, and special events.Inside recess often means board games, movies/videos, or quiet non-movement activities. According to the physical activity policy students need to be moving during recess. IAK created the IAK Inside Recess Activities & Games Booklet to provide physical activity ideas for inside recess.
Our next School Challenge, ”Create a Dance Incorporating Core Curriculum” begins on January 3rd, 2019. You could win a prize pack valued at $250 with kinesthetic equipment! Use your creativity and shine a light on Tulsa County teachers! For more information visit our website.
One of IAK's partnering schools, Vandever Elementary with Broken Arrow Public Schools, was the first Broken Arrow school to adopt and utilize an Action Based Learning (ABL) Lab. Vandever has seen great success since implementing the lab in 2017. Visit our Facebook page to watch the lab in action and hear teacher Lacy Wycoff talk about Vandever's ABL Lab!
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Practice a calming countdown with your students. Explain that counting down from 10 to 1 allows the amygdala, "security guard", to pass signals to the prefrontal cortex, "wise leader", to make a decision on how to handle a situation. The calm countdown allows you to reflect rather than react. The hippocampus, "memory saver", creates a positive memory of how to successfully deal with stress, frustration, or upset. For more information IAK has one copy of the MindUp Curriculum or visit MindUp.