My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.



March 3, 2015

Exercise SOLC #3

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I went to my friend's house tonight for a small group exercise session.  The friend is one I've had for 18 years and she became a personal trainer about 5 years ago.  This school year I decided to grace her basement workout gym with my presence. (LOL.  I HATE to exercise.  Really.)

My trainer likes to work us in circuits, so today's workout included treadmill and rowing time, jumping pull ups, lunges and squats with different weights, and planks.  

During the workout, I was talking about three kids who burst into tears today in my first grade class.  One over writing, one about friends being mean, and the last one during math.  As I tried the really awful part of tonight's workout, my arms started to shake and I really wanted to give up.  So I decided to have another buddy take my picture as I tried doing push ups hanging on to rings.  It was hard, but I tried it and I didn't give up.  

Maybe the kids need to see me doing something hard that makes me want to complain and cry.  Maybe they will take it easy on me tomorrow when it comes to lifting my arms!


9 comments:

  1. Yes, I agree when kids see that you struggle too at times, it levels the playing field on how they respond to you...that's why this challenge is so powerful...you're going through becoming a writer!

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  2. First of all, good for you for getting some stress relieving exercise! Way to work those arms too! What a great example to share with your little friends! Grit without tears! :/

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  3. It is so important to share our "real" lives and feelings with kids! We can show them that things continue to be challenging and hard at times as we grow up. We can show them the ways that we confront challenges and deal with situations that are hard in productive and motivating ways. And how we celebrate when we complete the challenge! (Even with extremely sore arms!)

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  4. It is so important to share our "real" lives and feelings with kids! We can show them that things continue to be challenging and hard at times as we grow up. We can show them the ways that we confront challenges and deal with situations that are hard in productive and motivating ways. And how we celebrate when we complete the challenge! (Even with extremely sore arms!)

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  5. Working out is so difficult after a day of teaching...good for you!

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  6. Working out is so difficult after a day of teaching...good for you!

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  7. I also hate working out - even Yoga, which I like the most of all of it, I have such a hard time getting myself through the doors. I think that's half the battle...I mean, look at you - you never gave up! :-)

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  8. Encouragement and perseverance are what we all need - especially our kids. Keep working at the exercise and sharing your difficulties. It will plant that seed in those young minds to never give up and to keep trying.

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