March Forward

Friday March 7th, 2014

On March 7th, teachers across Rockland got kids moving in the classroom to promote the connection between physical activity, academic achievement and health!

All participating Rockland County schools will receive a certificate of participation.
Special recognition will be given to schools with:
1) the highest total number of minutes of physical activity by school size
2) the highest number of minutes of physical activity per student

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School Reporting  Form

Talking Points

Classroom Tally Sheet (for teachers)

School Totals form (for building Contact Person)

What some Rockland schools did:

  •  Played hip hop dance video on the Smart Board for the students to dance to.
  • The principal and teachers created a short  exercise video of themselves demonstrating marching in place, knees high, jumping jacks (arms raised instead of out to the side). Teachers played that video throughout the day.
  • "Lunge-step" walk around the classroom to music.

Teacher Testimonial:
"Last year's participation in March Forward was a wonderful reminder of how important kinesthetic activity was in the classroom for my students, especially in English (the subject I teach). Whether its my classes competing against one another in my SAT "Angry Birds" challenge by throwing plush toy "birds" at a stack of cups to rack up points after answering reading and writing questions correctly, or it playing a quick round of team charades prior to public speaking, my students are learning, engaged and having fun by moving their bodies. March Forward is by far one of my favorite initiatives put forward in education as of late."

Barry Baloga
North Rockland High School English Dept



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