Madam Hooch’s Wizarding Workouts for Kids
Apr 28, 2009
Don’t you wish you could fly? I often watch Sorcerer’s Stone, with Harry’s first ride on a broom, wishing I could have just one ride. Unfortunately, that brand of magic is something I can’t make happen.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that obesity rates in our children have tripled since 1980. As a teacher, I wonder what kind of magic can help us solve this problem. If Madam Hooch was our P.E. Coach, what would she do?
First, this problem is more complex then just one or two lessons. While we can teach our kids about health and proper diet, many lessons on fitness are also learned at home.
One thing teachers can do is focus on the fun in fitness. When I was in school I can remember playing basketball, vollyball and running during our P.E. classes. Today, students learn archery, aerobics and line dancing to help stay fit. Even Harry’s favorite sport (Muggle style of course) has moved into our school systems and is gaining popularity. (Notice my personal favorite University Muggle Quidditch team, from Texas A&M University)
By making P.E. classes more diverse and teaching students sports they can have fun with, we open up the minds of our kids to new fitness options. If you are a P.E. teacher and have any ideas on how to make P.E. classes more fun, or more original please feel free to share in our Teacher’s Tearoom on the Leaky Lounge.