Eagleton Elementary Students Participate In 20,000-step challenge

Physical education teacher Ryan Acuff at Eagleton Elementary School, knows the power of goals and gadgets to motivate students. Currently the students at Eagleton Elementary School are using app to track their work out sections and steps, Physical education teacher Ryan Acuff, who has an educational specialist degree, records the student sets data on a chart. The goal set by Mr. Acuff is 20,000 steps, based on the average each grade records during a 20-minute period each week.

The current state laws have mandated elementary school students to have at least 60 minutes of physical education sections in a week. In order to facilitate physical activity sections and record progress of the students Blount County Schools to hire three more teachers to fully cover 14 elementary schools present in the Blount county.

With 80 students attending in each section, Acuff plans motivate students by tracking progress on leaderboard for the “unstructured” period. At Eagleton Elementary, attend their respective physical education classes and then once a week the entire students of grade levels have a combined 20-minute session together.

The idea was initially pitched during a professional development session by fellow physical education teacher Leesa Taylor where she spoke of plans for a Walk Across America challenge. Further the idea was structured to ask when each grade will reach the 20,000-step goal, not which will reach it first.

Ryan Acuff, wants students to focus on improving and challenging themselves, not just being first to reach a goal. Ryan Acuff said, “It’s about beating yesterday and not about beating others, Kids are being pushed harder than ever in the classroom, so I want to maximize their wiggle time,”

Speaking about his next plans, Acuff said he may introduce yoga during that 20-minute period. Acuff, said it is important recognizes the mental benefit students receive from their physical activity, which is much more important in the long run.

Acuff just paid out of pocket to equipment as soon as possible, initially he didn’t bother writing a grant for the pedometers. “I wanted to start off coming back on the right foot,” he added. Acuff wants to aa climbing wall at Eagleton Elementary by end of the school year, a goal that will require about $5,000 to $6,000. He has received funding from DonorsChoose.org for hurdles and other equipment.

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