Posted on | July 11, 2012 | 2 Comments
Like quality, I Love Lucy, and clean drinking water, kickball never loses its popularity. As a teacher, I managed to field several all-star quality homeroom teams that either won school-wide championships or played in the finals. It was a group effort that culminated in daily post-lunch recess games that united my students in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Today, my own sons play kickball at school even as they have moved on to organized Little League baseball and summer swimming competitions.
I can still remember back to kickball games I participated in and the one time I got caught in a rundown between second and third base. It seems that school gym classes are getting caught in a rundown now too. Due to budget cuts, time constraints, and other factors, physical education classes are falling by the wayside—and this at a time when childhood obesity is becoming an ever-greater concern among doctors and other health-care professionals, as well as school administrators.
That’s not to mention the studies that have shown that even 20 minutes of physical activity during a school day do wonders to refresh students mentally and physically. Who doesn’t want to get out and stretch their legs after time spent in the classroom?
What’s it like at your school? Tell us if you have weekly scheduled gym classes and recess. And if not, why not?
Share your ideas and opinions with us and your fellow teachers!