Volusia County Running Club EditWebinar Transcript
Volusia County Running Club Alisa Barrios [email_address] 4-1-10 EEX 3940
I have to admit I was a little hesitant when first starting this project. I was not sure where to begin, who to contact or what to even look for. After completing the Teachers in Action modules I felt a little more at ease.
Since I have always been interested in Health and Fitness I did a search in my area to see if I could find any inclusive, family, free activities for individuals in my community. I didn’t find much so I decided to organize my own club for anyone and everyone to join.
Introduction to the Setting Carl Emma Michael Tori Zoe Carrie Van
Engage in physical activity
Spend time with family and friends
Build a sense of community within each group member and a sense of belongingness
Members of the running club would run/walk for 25 minutes, followed by a 25 minute easy, group PE game and finally 10 minutes of socialization/playground.
Member’s laps were recorded
Individuals received prizes after completion of their laps
Organized and lead the group games.
Created a running club Blog: http://vcrunningclub.blogspot.com/
Entered runners into different running events around our community.
Taught PE grades K-5 th for 7 years
Interested in Family Fitness
Have an 11 year old daughter
Many of my family members suffer from obesity
Members of the group included students at the elementary, middle and high school level as well as parents and grandparents.
10 total elementary students, 2 middle school students, 2 high school students, 7 parents, and 2 grandparents
Caucasian, Hispanic and Other
3 individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders)
2 over-weight elementary school students
4 obese parents
1 over-weight grandparent
I had a great time with this project. I could really see the differences in certain individuals from start to finish. At the end, we all felt like a family; willing to help each other out.
During our socialization time I learned a lot about each individual in my club. I began to understand how hard it was for some of these parents. Some of them couldn’t afford an after school program like this one and some were too embarrassed to take their kids to any social setting. It made me want to give 100% to each individual out there in hopes that they could take away something positive and have a great experience every Wednesday.
I know I will be a better person and teacher because of this experience. Even though I have taken several education classes, they in no way prepared me for teaching like this service learning project did. I was put on the spot every meeting and had to really think on my feet. I learned not to judge, but to listen so that I could learn about each individual’s likes, dislikes, abilities and beliefs.
I spent several hours on the computer researching about individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and how to get them engaged in group activities.