Is the push to teach meditation in schools just a way to mold shiny corporate humanoids?
A couple of months ago, I arrived early to pick up my son at preschool. A few of his classmates were acting especially rowdy that day, and their teacher was trying to calm them down before handing them over to their parents. She rang a little bell and said, “Deep breath, everyone.” They inhaled. They exhaled. It worked.
In another time I wouldn’t have thought much of this. But these days, when meditation is increasingly being seen as way to gain a “competitive edge,” a deep breath isn’t always benign. Was my son being taught mindfulness?
My colleague Michelle Goldberg has written about the way mindfulness meditation morphed from a spiritual to a self-help practice, one that businesses use to make workers more productive and boost profits. In recent years, schools have increasingly turned to mindfulness as well, in order to improve children’s behavior and ability to pay attention. When my so...
Ease Parent Introductions with These Fun Activities
Back-to-school season is as anxious for educators as it is for students and parents, especially since they have two first days back at school. A teacher’s introduction is a significant factor in the development of the school year and in the relationships formed between students and teachers.
Ease any tension in your classroom by getting to know students and parents with some CF Fitness Fun icebreakers to create a comfortable environment. These conversation starters will make those back-to-school nights run smoothly and leave you understanding those in your classroom better.
1. Pair up and ask one person to draw anything without allowing the other person to see. Then when time is up, have the illustrator describe their drawing to the second person and see if he or she’s drawing matches the first person’s.
2. Either pair up and sit in a group and ask questions relating to the classroom (i.e. favorite subject when in school, favorite scho...
“Playing Tug-O-War is a great way of making friends, losing prejudices, and knowing how to learn about other during this fun packed game."
“We all have the same hairstyle, we may have the same type of clothes on,” says students at CF Fitness School Sites. “I think the whole purpose is to have fun with other people that you may not typically talk to.”
Tug-O-War is a game that can take up a large group of and kids and it does not require skill only
Every spring, CF Fitness school sites mark their calendar down for a day of sack races and relays, balloon tosses, fun fitness activities and outdoor fun. This day is also used as a fundraiser to earn money to fund CF Fitness. School Sites to date have said this Fund Raisers bring in the most money of the entire fundraisers on campus.
The events -- often called Fun Fitness Day -- are usually in early April as the culmination of a year of skill-building during their structured recess time.
"Their physical development really shows," said Principal Taylor. "Each grade level participates in different events, and the students in each grade look forward to the next."
On a comfortable, sunny day this month, fourth-graders cheered for kindergartners who were participating in their first Fun Fitness Day.
"I think that it helps them along because they know we're rooting for them, and they'll try extra hard," David Gilbert, 9, said. "I like the way people are making teamwork and effort and making fun...
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Paul McRoberts, Rams cheerleaders and staff paid a visit to Warren Lane Elementary on Tuesday to help spruce up the school. The Rams organization was joined by parents of Warren Lane Elementary students to help paint and landscape. The Rams also engaged Sharefest, a local non-profit to help with the beautification effort.
The project is part of the Rams’ monthly Day of Service initiative. Each month, the Rams’ front office staff takes time out of the office to volunteer with local non-profits. During the team’s first year home in Los Angeles, Rams employees provided more than 2,000 hours of community service and impacted 10 local non-profits and 19 schools. Since January of 2017, the team has volunteered with six local non-profits and 25 schools through the Staff Day of Service program.
Joining McRoberts, the Rams staff, cheerleaders and parent volunteers were: Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, new State Administrator for Ing...
Research shows when teachers form positive bonds with students, classrooms become supportive spaces in which students can engage in academically and socially productive ways. Positive teacher-student relationships are classified as having the presence of closeness, warmth, and positivity. Students who have positive relationships with their teachers use them as a secure base from which they can explore the classroom and school setting both academically and socially, to take on academic challenges and work on social-emotional development.
That is why CF Fitness truly believes in bridging the gap between students and teachers through fun fitness activities. When students see you entertaining their world those walls of not being able to relate come down. Teachers that have committed to joining CF Fitness weekly games and activities have notice their classroom setting have become much easier and peaceful. So CF Fitness recommends teachers to lace up your shoes and embrace getting sweaty with...
In this teamwork building game, there are 5 groups (can be of any number: 3, 4, 5…). Four of the groups will start at each corner of the cones that make up a large square in the playing area. 1 team starts at the cone in the middle of the square. Students of each group must hold hands at all times, and not break the link
On the “GO” signal, the groups in the corners must leave their corner and try to get to a different corner cone (can’t go diagonally through the middle area). The
team in the middle will also try to get to a corner spot/cone before a different group. In the end, 1 team will be left without a corner spot (since there are only 4 corners, and 5 teams). That remaining team goes to the middle. Now again the coach will yell “GO” and the whole process repeats. The team who doesn’t make it to a corner of course goes to the middle. Etc, etc, etc. Remember that students in the groups must hold hands through the process.
Often the students who would most benefit from physical activity are those who get the least opportunity during the school day. At schools where recess is withheld as a punishment, it is usually a student who has difficulty following directions, staying on task, or interacting appropriately with peers and staff who has recess restricted. These problems behaviors are typically not related to recess, yet recess is withheld.
The practice of withholding recess as punishment can be ineffective for many reasons. Research has shown that punishment is not effective in teaching new skills. To change a problem behavior, a replacement behavior must be taught in its place. Students must be taught what to do differently. If no replacement skills are taught, students will continue their current behavior resulting in the same problems. In addition to teaching student placement behaviors and the skills to respond differently in the challenging situation, classroom management practices should employ eff...
Two years later, CF Fitness has finally partnered up with the leading Education and Safety After School Program in America, ASES, in the city of Inglewood. This partnership is huge for the rapidly growing CF Fitness company. The words, added value, rings a bell when it comes to the physical fitness and dance component that this great establishment will provide. CF Fitness will be servicing four schools in the city of Inglewood and they are Centenila, Frank D. Parent, Woodworth and Highland Elementary. Founder, James Howell, was quoted saying "This is what our group does for the children so they can go home with an experience daily." This is only the begining of partnering with other after school programs in Southern California.