5 Resources That Take Less Than 10 Minutes

posted on Sun, Mar 15 2015 7:00 am by Daniel W. Hatcher, National Healthy Out-of-School Time Advisor

This week I read an insightful blog article from The Spaced Out Teacher, authored by Justin Ashley, North Carolina's 2013 History Teacher of the year. The article explores the importance of work-life balance and prioritizing tasks in order to maintain personal passion and excitement.

As Justin says in his article, you can’t always be Superman and do everything. So those weeks when you’re overwhelmed, here are 5 quick resources that will help maintain your momentum for Healthy Out-of-School Time, even if you can’t give it your full attention.

  1. Play Bronco Tag at a staff meeting (from Active Academics). It's a great team building exercise.

  2. Rethink transitions. Print and hang Fitness Trail Stations down one hallway at your site. Make moving from “point a” to “point b” fun.

  3. Pick one of the Food and Fun parent handouts, print and distribute when families drop off or pick up students this week.

  4. Using technology? Play a 3 minute game of Icelandic Meltdown to get children (or anyone) moving (from Adventure to Fitness).

  5. Print a copy of a JAMmin’ Minute and distribute at your next staff meeting or in staff mailboxes. Include a note encouraging everyone to share how they’ll include one in their weekly program schedule (from Health E-Tips).