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Health & Wellness
Recent brain research makes a clear case that students are simply not active enough. By increasing student activity, achievement will rise and negative behaviors will decrease.
Ludlow-Taylor is one of ten schools chosen to join the new DCPS School Design Lab for the 2018-2019 school year. We will focus on developing a Health and Wellness program modeled around Spark, a Harvard-researched book that explains the connection between exercise and the brain. The foundational shifts for this program will begin with the following activities:
MORNING FITNESS BLOCK
Students will have the option of starting every day with cardiovascular circuit training from 8:20 – 8:50 a.m followed by a quick, healthy breakfast. Families will be invited to join some mornings.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AS FITNESS
The goal of our physical education classes will be to “develop healthy habits, skills, a sense of fun, along with knowledge of how the body works.” The focus would be around fitness, while incorporating team sports. Students will participate in Physical Education twice a week.
Our science class will shift to a full-time FoodPrints special that students will attend weekly or biweekly. By expanding the FoodPrints program, students will dive further into gardening, nutrition, cooking, and other relevant grade level science standards.
BRAIN AND BODY BREAKS
The major difference in the classroom will be the incorporation of brain and body breaks for students, infused into our current curriculum and instructional practices. Breaks will include mindful minutes, quick yoga, group dance, and stretching.
We want to retain our incredible staff and teachers, so we will look into ways to best support staff physical and mental health
The program is being developed by a Design Tea. Members are: