The Art of the Cooldown [Interactive] – Gopher PE Blog
[0:02] Hi all. I call this PE Express podcast “The Art of Recovery,” and I want you to think about your classes for a while. Do you incorporate a cool-down in your lessons? Well, a cool down is really being able to calm the body down or go from an active state to a more […]

[0:02] Hi all. I call this PE Express podcast “The Art of Recovery,” and I want you to think about your classes for a while. Do you incorporate a cool-down in your lessons? Well, a cool down is really being able to calm the body down or go from an active state to a more passive state. Now this could be done in conjunction with closing your lesson, and I'm sure many of you are already doing this. With the pandemic in full swing, now is a great time to incorporate some sort of socio-emotional learning, or SEL, into your program. And believe me, in my opinion, I think kids really need it.

[1:10] So I'm thinking about my lessons for now since it all started for the school year. What are some of the signs and symptoms that children face with stress in your PE class? And it's really interesting because I see a huge range of behaviors. We see some of our older children. It is our 5th and 4th grade students who act in a more moderate way than they really have been in the past. They are much more passive, much less inclined to engage, almost a saddened state And then I saw the opposite.

[1:45] I've also seen kids where they're incredibly hyper, like some kind of active state where they always want to go, go, go all the time. So I notice that stress affects them as much as it affects me and because of that I think this is something teachers should take into account and include some needed recovery in your PE lessons. In my opinion, this will help your children and your classes in the long run. Children are not always taught or able to cope well with life's problems.

[2:21] So here are some suggestions I would have for you when thinking about recovery. Take a few moments at the end of class to allow the children to relax and be present in your gym or bedroom. One suggestion is to move them away socially enough to break the mask. You see, in my school, teachers give children mass breaks during the day because children have to wear masks in school. They can be very bulky for the youngest.

[2:50] Lately I've been playing this quiet place like some kind of New Age music while I ask the kids to lie down and close their eyes. For the majority of the things I decided to do, having the children do some kind of guided meditation where I talk to them and get them to focus more on their breathing than on anything else they are facing. during the day.

[3:15] Now at the same time while they are doing this I am also able to wipe down and disinfect various equipment that I have used for my classes as they really need to be disinfected again before the next class. So in this way I am multitasking where the kids calm their minds calm their bodies all the time I clean up and prepare the things I need to do for the next group.

[3:40] Another thing I did while the kids were in bed during this time was to incorporate some kind of yin yoga stretch, a very passive type of stretching while listening to my voice in the calm music. The kids are really focused on what they need for the day, and it's kind of a reset button before I get them in line to leave.

[4:00] Children have told me that they feel much calmer than they feel ready to move on to the next part of their day. I even had a few kids who told me they wanted to fall asleep. I know from their responses that what I was trying to get them to understand seems to be working.

[4:18] So that's it. Really consider doing something similar that would suit your situation as you go through the year, because honestly everyone, we don't know how long this is going to be for us and what. this is going to do for our psyche in the future. Hope you have found this podcast beneficial for you. Take care of yourself and good luck.

Donn is the 2019 SHAPE America Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He is a K-5 physical education teacher at Lakeview Elementary School in Mahopac, NY. He also currently sits on the board of directors of NYS AHPERD.


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