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PE and Classroom teacher's TEAM together to increase student achievement. Kim Ward [email protected] Physical education/Wellness teacher and ABL specialist for IPS District Tracy Cutshaw [email protected] First Grade Teacher for IPS Audrey Satterblom [email protected]

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PE and Classroom

teacher's TEAM

together to

increase student


Kim Ward [email protected]

Physical education/Wellness teacher and

ABL specialist for IPS District

Tracy Cutshaw

[email protected]

First Grade Teacher for IPS

Audrey Satterblom [email protected]

Wellness Director for IPS

A Brain Teaser to

wake us up and exercise the brain

  • Quick! say aloud what COLOR you see in every word, NOT the word you read.

  • Explanation: The Stroop test is used in neuropsychological evaluations to measure mental vitality and flexibility, since performing well requires strong attention and self-regulation capability.

Background Information:

  • In 2004 IPS was awarded a PEP Grant

  • In 2005 Professional development by Jean Blaydes Madigan

  • In 2005 Kim, Tracy, Audrey, and a principal attend Cathie’s Summerford’s ACTION PACKED CLASSROOMS workshop

  • In 2005 did a pilot study on ABL

Engaging kids bodies and minds is more productive than delivering a non-interactive lecture to them; bringing movement into the classroom works!

If you bring ENERGY and MOVEMENT into your classroom, your students will be MOTIVATED and able to RETAIN more information.

Pilot study with Tracy’s Title One First grade classroom

We used her DIBELS test as a pre-test.

Tracy’s students came everyday to the gym during my lunch and prep to go through the lab.

They did this everyday for 1 month.

Tracy took her class through the lab herself.

out of 16 were no longer on the retention list


  • were longer low enough to get Title One services



  • At the end of the month…Tracy’s students were given a dibels assessment again.

  • The results were



  • An Action Based Learning specialist position was created for the District.

  • Kim Ward, physical education/wellness teacher gets 1 day off a week to devote to ABL.


  • IPS required all students K-6 to have 30 minutes of ABL in Summer School

  • Tracy and Kim did presentations for Summer School teachers

Continued work with ABLABL in Summer School continues



  • Research Study

    Does movement integrated with academics really make a difference?

  • Research under the direction of Lisa Hicks, Department Head of Kinesiology at University of Indianapolis

  • One 2nd grade classroom and one 3rd grade classroom used the lab 2-3 x’s a week.

  • The lab consisted of 7 stations

  • Each station had an academic component

  • The academic components were:

Data collected

  • Reading and spelling weekly test scores

    of both control and research classes

  • End of 9 weeks grade in language arts and spelling for both control and research classes

  • Semester grade for both control and research classes

Stumbling blocks:

  • Many IPS schools do not have an extra classroom to spare to set a lab up in anymore.

  • Gyms that were once open during lunch hours are now used for the large class loads we carry.

  • It takes extra time and effort to change the lab and add the academic components each week.


  • A Movement in the classroom cart was created.

  • It is now being used in 3 IPS schools

  • It contains the following equipment:

  • 6 inch ballsscarves

  • Nylon racketscorelogs

  • Ribbonsscooters

  • Poly spots balance boards

  • Fluffballsalphabet mat

  • Stepping stones

How to get administrative buy in

Movement in the classroom

and ABL

are NOT a waste

of teaching


Movement is especially good for:

Kinesthetic learners

85% of school age children are

kinesthetic learners.

Our students struggle to sit

still for long periods of time.

Movement in the school day

gives students an AVANTAGE

for learning and therefore increases student achievement


  • Keeps kids FOCUSED




  • By John Medina

  • EXERCISE | Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.

  • ATTENTION | Rule #4: We don't pay attention to boring things.

  • SHORT-TERM MEMORY | Rule #5: Repeat to remember.

So...As specialists in MOVEMENT...

Physical Educators

need to help our

classroom teachers

incorporate more

MOVEMENT in their classrooms!


  • As a rule, ADD ONE MINUTE to the average age of the children in class. This is about the length of time that those children can maintain concentration on a task.


Eye Tracking

Crossing the Midline


  • Studies of the astronaut training programs indicate that daily exposure to spinning improves walking and motor skills.

    Students who participate in spinning routines show significant gains in attention span and reading.

Spinning Ideas:

  • Seated spinning on a scooter

  • Airplane spin on scooter

  • Stand and spin in a hoop

  • Hoppitty Hop spinning

  • Spinning stimulates the growth of myelin around the neurons, insulating them and allowing them to make more connections.

When the midline is crossed:

  • Blood flow is increased in all parts of the brain

  • This helps the brain by making it more alert and energized for learning.

  • Neural pathways are made stronger!

Movements that cross the midline

  • Crosses or cross crawls

  • Windmills

  • Grapevine

  • Straddle cross

  • Hand clap patterns

  • Jumping rope…is one of the best…both sides of the brain synchronize when jumping

  • Juggling

  • Ribbons or streamers

Eye Tracking

  • One of the reasons students have trouble reading is because of a lack of eye fitness.

  • Tracking exercises helps the eyes get fit to read.

  • Physical education provides an avenue for strengthening eye muscles making the eyes FIT to READ.

x marks the spot

  • Stand about 10 feet from a wall You should be able to see all 4 corners by only moving your eyes

  • DVD of Tracy’s Classroom

Pass it On...


Grades 1-3

  • 1. Have 1 student pick a card

  • 2. Student identifies the color on the card and the whole class does the activity that corresponds with that color.

  • 3. Do that activity for a certain amount of time (10-15 seconds)

  • Pick a new student

  • BLUE==Crosses

  • RED==Jump ropes

  • YELLOW==Spin 3 x’s to right and then 3x’s to the left

  • Green==scissor jumps

Spelling Crossover

  • Each student will have an alphabet grid

  • Students will spell the word by doing cross-overs with their hands and touching the letters to spell the word.

  • When the letter is on the right side the student will use the left hand.

  • When the letter is on the left side the student will use the right hand.

2. Students will do that activity until the music stops or the teacher says stop.

3. The teacher will then call out a spelling word and students will work together to spell the word correctly.


  • Free time folder

  • Movement song

    Get Funky

    The Alligator Chomp

  • Another benefit of adding movement to the classroom is for using it as an intervention.

Stop and SPELL

Students will partner up

Teacher calls out a physical activity:


Jumps (2 feet)

Scissor jumps

Jumping jacks

Hopping (1 foot)

Jogging in place

What can

we do as MOVEMENT


How to get started:

  • Do a presentation at a staff meeting of the importance of movement and how it stimulates the brain

  • Give teachers movement ideas and brain breaks

  • Make movement Cd’s for the classroom

A Jammin' Minute


workout routine:

  • 1. Face chair and tap toes

  • 2. Hands on hips, jump up and down

  • 3. Feet together, jump forward and backward

  • 4. Squat and stand

  • 5. Windmills


  • By weight, kiwifruit has more vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than a banana.

  • Video

We All Teach Kids! So...

  • We need to work together as a TEAM.

  • Physical educators can incorporate ACADEMICS AND BRAIN ACTIVITIES into some of our lessons AND

    Classroom teachers can incorporate MOVEMENT into their lesson plans.

  • Eric Jensen says:

    “It should be just as natural for a math teacher to use MOVEMENT in the classroom as for a physical educator to have students skip count.

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