A Very Active Brainstorming Session
They discussed their goals with their peers (while speed walking around the gym) and afterwards we had a very active 5-minute brainstorming session that challenged the students to come up with as many ideas as possible about how to improve upon cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and muscular endurance.
On one side of the gym, I had a bunch of yellow post-it notes stuck up on the wall. On the other end of the gym I had the visual that you see in the picture below posted on the wall. The challenge was set! In small groups the students had to brainstorm as many possible ways to improve upon their level of fitness. They walked very quickly, jogged, and sprinted up and down the court from one far side to the other. During this time they jotted down their ideas on the blank post it notes on one side of the gym then ran their ideas back and stuck them on the visual on the opposite side.
This activity was to get their minds and brains flooded with possibilities about ways that they can improve upon their cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and muscular endurance. I told them that they could write any ideas that came to their head, even if impossible and silly. By extending their thinking we can probably merge some of their crazier ideas with our learning space and the ideas that are actually possible.
I'll give you one example here. A student wrote that they could "Hike up Mt. Everest" to become more fit. From this idea, I will discuss why hiking up mountains makes us more fit. Obviously the elevation and hiking upward is tremendously challenging. Using our own environment, I will ask the students to identify areas of the school that they can go up. There are numerous areas of the school which have up to 4 flights of stairs. Stair climbing could potentially become a part of the plan to improve their cardiovascular endurance. So, from a silly, impossible idea, we may be able to generate realistic possibilities within our own learning environment. See my point here? Using their generated ideas as a starting point, we can truly create possibilities to work from when setting up their fitness plans.
The students came up with over 70 ideas in the 5 minutes. Here are just a few of them:
- run as many laps as possible in 5 minutes
- find yoga videos and copy the stretches
- create very active games/drills with basketballs and other sports equipment
- lots of pull ups
- run from China to Brazil (will get them thinking about endurance running with this one)
- ride bike hard (we actually have mobile stationary bike I could let them use for this one)
- daily exercise
- chin ups and push ups
- take a yoga class
- timed runs
- do stretches every night and day