Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On to Jump Roping....

Well, our quick golf unit concluded on Monday. The kids did a marvelous job learning the techniques and strategies for putting, chipping over the rough, and driving the ball for long distances. Many of our students realized how difficult golf really can be. I saw a ton of improvement and lots of enthusiastic faces throughout the unit. I can't say enough about how proud I am of our students for trying so many new activities. A huge thank needs to go out to Joe P., our First Tee of America golf instructor and father of two of our wonderful Ridgecrest kids. Thank you!!!

Now we move on to a jump roping unit. Jump roping is one of those activities that I find students either love or despise. I know that when I was a students I disliked jump roping to a great extent. Unfortunately, that led me to being a pretty terrible jump roper. Needless to say, I have learned a few things since then and I strive to make jump roping fun for even our struggling students. This year we are starting off with the basics of jump roping as we assess one another on the 4 cues of jump roping (elbows in, head up, land on the balls of the feet, and move your wrists in small circles). As we all get more comfortable with ourselves jumping through a our rope we will begin to challenge one another with twists, crosses, dance steps, and many different maneuvers sure to engage and challenge even the slowest jumpers. My goal for this unit it threefold. #1. I would like each student to improve their jump roping ability. #2. I would like each student to be challenged. #3. I would like each student to enjoy their time during this unit.

That's all for now. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns,


Allyn Woods

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