North Hall Middle School began Power Up for 30 in the fall of 2016 when it was selected to participate in the middle school pilot program.
Power Up for 30 was initially developed for elementary schools to add 30 minutes or more of physical activity before, during and after the school day. In an effort to reach older grade level students, Georgia Shape, along with its training partner, HealthMPowers, began a pilot program with seven metro-Atlanta middle schools to adapt the Power Up for 30 curriculum and resources for the middle school population.
North Hall Middle School administration staff and teachers have implemented movement breaks in the classroom to boost activity levels and lower stress for both teachers and students. Dances are provided to give students time to be active and silly in the classroom, helping them feel more comfortable.
Students are enjoying time away from their desks and can have fun with peers.
“I look forward to our daily 20-minute movement breaks,” said student Kevin Rochester. “We dance, play games, or go outside and walk. It is a good way to get our energy out.”
Teachers have also seen a positive benefit in incorporating movement breaks into the learning process.
“Using Power Up for 30 has been a great way to encourage my students to ask questions,” said Jay Ferrell, seventh-grade teacher. “My quiet students are often hesitant to answer questions, but after dancing and being silly, I have noticed that they are more open to group discussions, learning and engaging in the learning process.”