Remote and hybrid students from Wisdom Lane Middle School are uniting through the power of exercise, thanks to the school's physical education department. Physical Education Chairperson Christopher Letts and physical education teachers Eric Bradley, Kim Fusco and John Randazzo started creating workout videos filled with different exercises that can be done at home or in the school gymnasium.
Each workout features different music to keep the pace exciting and motivating. A projector has been set up the gymnasium to display the workout video on the wall for the teachers and in-person students to follow while stationed 12 feet apart. Remote students at home also follow along with the video live with the in-person students. The physical education teachers utilize screen share in Google Meet to connect the remote and in-person students. They can then monitor and communicate with the remote students while both work out together.
Wisdom Lane's physical education department plans on continuing this method to incorporate Zumba and dance units into the curriculum. During this unprecedented time, the ultimate goal is to get the students moving and having fun.
"Our options are limited, but this is a way we can get them all moving while still adhering to current guidelines," said Mr. Letts. "I also think that seeing their physical education teachers on the video, as well as in the front of the gym working out with them is more motivating and provides a better connection than other options we could have pursued."