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On March 6, 2015, teachers across Rockland will get students grades K-12 moving in the classroom to promote the connection between physical activity, academic achievement and health!
March Forward "Talking Points"
- Physical activity helps you look and feel your best.
- Being physically active and physically fit helps you do better in school.
- It is a great way to make friends.
- Children and teens should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
What some Rockland schools have done to observe March Forward:
- 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.
"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."
North Rockland High School English Dept