This year was quite the year for rain. With so many rainy days, it can be very easy to lose the interest of students during a Physical Education period. This situation entices a teacher to be creative, spontaneous, and most importantly find an activity that the kids have never tried before.
This year, the middle schoolers were introduced to a few amazing and creative ways to get exercise, even when locked inside for days at a time. Two favorites stood out, Tic-Tac-Toe relay and Opposites Race.
Tic-Tac-Toe Relay is taking a classic and putting a big twist on it. First you tape the traditional grid on the floor, the you set students in teams, and hand out colored bean bags. Let the fun begin, the students get to sprint, dive, and slide to put their bean bag where they want it to go. The students have a ton of fun and really enjoy the exercise through friendly competition.
Next is Opposite Race: It sets up to be so simple… yet so confusing. Fun for 25-80 students, this game incorporates quick muscle reflexes (type 2 muscles) and the ability to listen and process directions before doing the opposite. What a blast to watch the students sprint the wrong way, laugh and have fun with each other, with no hard feelings. The best part was watching all the kids cheer for their peers who made the finals. What a great game for a rainy day.
Mr. Harrison, 8th grade