Brenda Byrd

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Programming and Favorite Activites


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Brenda Byrd's Teaching Philosophy

After receiving the PFA award in 2004 at Duffield Primary School, the students and I couldn’t wait to get on the equipment!  The children were excited about the new challenges.  A second grader went up and down the pole 23 times!  The students wouldn’t stop trying!  I started a “Fitness Friday” that involved the students and parents.  All students who came to each of the sessions received a t-shirt.  The PTA and teachers provided funds for healthy snacks and prizes each week.  The next year I was moved to another county school.  I began to incorporate as many indoor activities as possible, especially the challenges.

At Yuma Elementary, my emphasis became on providing as much fitness and activity for the students as possible.  I started a “Walking Club” at lunch – students in grades 2-6 leave lunch and come outside (or in the gym during inclement weather) and walk for 10 minutes.  Time is staggered so the students don’t all come at the same time.  I enjoy walking with the children and getting to talk to them on a personal basis. We started the “Club” walking on the playground and 2 years ago received a 1/3 mile track which is used by the students and community.

I also started a 5 min. “Morning Exercise” over the intercom for students to start the day with activity.  After the student-led Pledge of Alliance, the students participate in calisthenics and stretching beside their desks in the classroom. (See below) I have the opportunity to see all students for 30 minutes each day for physical education.  Even if the day is shortened or other activities are scheduled, I make sure each class gets physical education.  The students participate in the FitnessGram and Presidential Physical Fitness testing twice a year.  We have Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart yearly. The Pacer challenge is provided several times each year. Other challenges include basketball, jump rope, huba-huba (fitness hoops), Smile Mile, speed building, rope and ladder challenges and lots of cups and station work throughout the year.

I work with the other teachers to make fitness a priority in our school. For instance, the top class for monthly attendance earns an extra physical education class.  The “Accelerated Reading” program has chosen fitness type themes, incentives such as field days, extra recess, healthy snacks and other fitness activities as part of the program. We had a “Fun Fit Day” for an incentive.

In our small school district in SW Virginia, funds are limited.  I am constantly searching for ways to improve programming and equipment needs.  This year, with the sixth grade teacher and four students, we presented our need for permanent wall padding in our small gym used daily and by the community teams as well.  We received the Civitan Scholarship to fund the padding.  I also hosted a UTSA School Tennis in-service training for the district teachers and received indoor tennis equipment to add to our curriculum.  As recipient of JRFH/HFH award, Speed Stacks Sport Pack grant, VA Action for Healthy kids grant, “I’m Moving, I’m Learning” training, Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart (Last 2 years Top 10 Schools for Jump/Hoop Combination event in TN), I have received additional ideas and equipment for the students.  But above all that, my best ideas, motivation, equipment, and training have been from Project Fit America.  The two original trainings I received led me to so many other ways of teaching and made me the teacher I am today.   Project Fit America has pulled everything together for me.  It has taught me to teach the students to better themselves, not only physically but also in the sense of character, teamwork and respect.

Programming and Favorite Activities

Work in groups of 4.
Visit each of the 5 “Work It” stations,
then choose as many of the “Fun” stations as you have time for.

 
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Lesson Plan
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Project FIt Indoor Activities

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Brenda Bryd's Morning Exercise and Walk Club

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