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Cool-Down Activities for Middle School Students

Cool-Down Activities for Middle School Students By Catherine Morris Just like warming up, cooling down after heart-pounding activity is essential for middle-school students. Cool-downs close out the session while safely returning kids’ heart rates and blood pressure to normal. Cooling down also helps kids avoid injury, perform better at their next workout, and achieve more …

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10 Best Indoor PE Games for Middle School Students

10 Best Indoor PE Games for Middle School Students By Catherine Morris Managing stress, anxiety and mood swings is important for anyone—but it’s crucial for middle school students. These are the years when kids’ lives change significantly in so many ways: They’re entering puberty, and their social landscapes are shifting. Responsibilities at home are mounting, …

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Carl Schurz Elementary Students Find Their Inner Athletes with Marathon Kids

Carl Schurz Elementary Students Find Their Inner Athletes with Marathon Kids By Catherine Morris Coach Shannon Spence teaches PE at Carl Schurz Elementary School in New Braunfels ISD. New Braunfels is a small but rapidly growing town in the Texas Hill Country region, roughly halfway between Austin and San Antonio. Both a river town and …

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Memorial Elementary School Students Build Endurance and a Foundation for a Healthy Life

Memorial Elementary School Students Build Endurance and a Foundation for a Healthy Life By Catherine Morris Coach Karen Wright is a PE teacher at Memorial Elementary School in New Braunfels Independent School District. Nestled just north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels is a growing small town with German and Tejano …

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Oak Hills Terrace Elementary Students Are Developing a Love of Running

Oak Hills Terrace Elementary Students Are Developing a Love of Running ByCatherine Morris Miguel Maldonado taught third and fourth grades for 17 years before becoming a PE teacher. “I had been coaching my sons in their youth sports for about eight years,” Maldonado recalls. “I loved coaching, and went through the process of becoming certified. …

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Mae Richardson Elementary Build a Positive Attitude About Running

Mae Richardson Elementary Build a Positive Attitude About Running By Catherine Morris There are no P.E. teachers at Mae Richardson Elementary in Central Point, Oregon. “​At our school, classroom teachers teach P.E.,” says Kristen Juveland, a third-grade teacher at Mae Richardson. She is a first-time Marathon Kids coach, and one of several classroom teachers at …

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Marathon Kids Helps a Whole Community Commit to Healthy Habits

Marathon Kids Helps a Whole Community Commit to Healthy Habits By Catherine Morris As a Physical Education teacher, Valerie Derma believes in the power of students taking charge of setting their own physical activity goals and tracking their own progress. “I wanted to become a coach because I love running and reaching personal milestones when …

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Cottonwood Elementary Students Get Healthier with Marathon Kids

Cottonwood Elementary Students Get Healthier with Marathon Kids By Catherine Morris For four years, Ashley Sutton hosted a kids’ running club at Cottonwood Elementary, in Tucson, Arizona, where she teaches Physical Education. But it wasn’t easy. “I was having trouble keeping track of all the laps students were running,” she says. “I mentioned my troubles …

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