We know that students in Canada are spending too much time in front of a screen and are sitting for far too long. This means that many students are out of shape, have low physical literacy, low movement competence, and, as a result, low confidence. Here are a few things to consider to ensure that students feel safe and included as they learn and explore how to move their bodies in a wide range of movement skills.
Creating a safe and inclusive environment
Learning names and interests is a great way to help students make friends. Nurturing healthy relationships is key to a participant’s success and level of comfort and helps them to feel included and supported. Remember, these activities are intended for any and all student(s) and may need to be modified to fit the many needs of the group. Participants will each have varying levels of movement competence and this is just fine. Encourage participants by using positive and helpful language like “Look how much fun you are having” or “I love that you are working so hard and trying something new.”
As a leader, it is your responsibility to create safe, fair, and equal teams. Make sure to separate the participants into teams yourself and avoid having participants select their own teams.
We want to make sure that no participant is left out or excluded. Pick the games and activities that are appropriate for your group size and that you are comfortable delivering. The more participants participate, the more fun they have and the more they learn. Avoid long line-ups, and make sure that there is enough equipment and materials for everyone.
Always remember to keep it fun!