Fitness Buddies infuses fun into Daily Physical Activity (DPA). “It’s helpful in the long run for physical activity and strength building,” said Faith Donegan, a grade seven student.
The program boosted classroom participation in physical activity. “They can see themselves
improving as they’re doing the skills,” said Derek.
One of Derek’s students, Ella Hahn, really benefitted from doing the circuits. “It helped with core muscles and balance,” said Ella. “I loved doing them in class.”
Doederlein has explored a number of cross-curricular integrations with Fitness
Buddies for math, literacy and living skills.
He and Mrs. Hill created integrated math and fitness circuits for the grade one “Hundreth Day Celebration.”
“A big part of our math curriculum in grade one is learning how to count to 100,” said Mrs. Hill. “Derek and I came up with ten stations integrating yoga poses and numeracy with the number 100.”