CUE Rock Star Camp

Many teachers and students looked at Friday, June 16th as the last day of school; although, other educators, including the CUE Rock Star teachers, looked at it as an opportunity to meet up with innovative teachers in a fun learning environment. These two days involved exploring new technology, learning new skills, and building community. The CUE Rock Star Camp is an awesome opportunity to practice those next steps in your life long learning journey, and the perfect way to start summer feeling revitalized and inspired by fellow CUE Rock Stars!I was honored to be a part of the CUE faculty this year and grateful to lead 6 sessions this camp.

We had fun moving through the first day with EduNinja™ Nutrition, Movement, and Mindfulness activities.

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Some teachers were a little sore from day one but that didn’t stop them from moving on day two with the team Buncee photo scavenger hunt.

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Here’s what our sessions looked like: http://bit.ly/2sqV1hs

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Take a look at some of the Buncee scavenger hunt creations.

 

Mike, Hyun, Cindy: http://bit.ly/2rSW1r5

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Sue: http://bit.ly/2rTmO6y

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Denise: http://bit.ly/2rOHq4C

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Dana & Sharon  (The Fabulous Firsties)http://bit.ly/2tErAGW

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Winners will be posted here soon so keep an eye out. A huge thanks to all the rock stars that attended the June session. I learned so much, made awesome new friends, and I’m already looking forward to the next collaboration. Stay in touch, and thanks for inspiring healthy teachers and students.

CUE Rock Star Camp

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I’m both honored and excited to join the awesome Cue Rock Star faculty on Monday, June 19th and Tuesday, June 20th for these two fun filled days of learning for this sold out event. On Monday join us on a Hero’s Journey to make the world a healthier place. Learn fun and dynamic ways to keep students healthy, fit, moving, and engaged in your lessons. We’ll be fighting off villains like inactivity, unhealthy food choices, and multitasking by learning simple and easy to use tools such as new brain breaks, kinesthetic lessons, and mindfulness activities to easily integrate into your day. As you venture on this EduNinja quest you’ll see why you and your students will be feeling dynamic and ready to tackle new challenges together. Join us in this active and engaging class. Suitable for all grade levels.

On Tuesday, Join us on a team scavenger hunt to create a hero’s journey using Buncee.
Your mission if you choose to accept it is to venture out on a hero’s journey photo scavenger hunt. You’ll be given a secret list and have 45 minutes to snap pictures and create an engaging Buncee to share with your fellow Rock Stars. Suitable for all grade levels.

I can’t wait to see everyone soon! Thanks for making the world a healthier place, and thanks for inspiring healthy teachers and students.

Better Together Now More Than Ever CA Teachers Summit

is a free day of learning and sharing innovative strategies and concrete tools led by teachers, for teachers. Join us on July 28th by going to http://cateacherssummit.com/ to sign up. Join us at one of the 35 locations or check out the live stream keynote.

“Now more than ever” is the theme for this year. To get connected before the event, please check out the vodcasts aimed at sharing ideas and strategies from teachers for teachers. Check out Episode 1: #TeacherTalk: Real Teachers, Real Issues – Lessons From A Pirate And A Ninja EP 01 with Dave Burgess, Karly Moura, Basho Mosko, and Jen Burdis. Stay on the lookout for future episodes every two weeks from different teachers from all over California.

Spring Into Heart Healthy Nutrition and Finish the School Year STRONG!

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March was National Nutrition Month®. If you missed it don’t worry. You can always celebrate. This annual nutritional education and information campaign was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

In our classroom we focused on the idea of “School Garden to Table” by integrating the benefits of garden greens, and other healthy vegetables into a classroom lesson. Our school’s gardening lunch club does an incredible job of growing many native restorative plants and amazing green vegetables such as: dinosaur kale, sugar snap peas, Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, and broccoli to name just a few.

Students were reminded that powerhouse greens may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer according to the American Heart Association. Our class researched the benefits of eating these powerhouse greens along with other powerful fruits and vegetables.

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In April, our class celebrated Earth Day with a simple and heart healthy snack. I brought in a simple vegetable spiralizer as we learned about another simple and inexpensive way to add more vegetables to your meals. Our class made cucumber spaghetti. Everyone tried it and most asked for seconds.

In May, students are showing others on campus the superpowers of eating fruits and vegetables. Students were tasked to create a fruit or vegetable superhero poster to hang up in the school’s lunch line. The goal is to help students who are waiting in the lunch line to make healthier choices when they are faced with many choices. What do you think? Captain Carrot defeating Diabetes Doughnut. Pictures coming soon.

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Journalism in June: Students have started discovering, highlighting, and will be sharing healthy habits found all around campus in our journalism unit of study. Be on the lookout for student articles that will be posted here.

Our end of the year gift from our class to you will be our Healthy Habits Cookbook. We will be collecting heart healthy recipes for you. Details coming in June. It’s a great place to look for new heart healthy summer recipes.

As teachers we have the power to model and teach students how to establish heart healthy eating habits. Thanks for inspiring healthy teachers and students!

 

Everyone’s Moving on Campus With The EduNinja 30 Day Health & Wellness Challenge

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The EduNinja 30 Day Health and Wellness Challenge is going strong.  Teachers have been getting out of bed just a little bit earlier this month to get their sixty minutes of physical activity a day with other teachers, students, and their families before school, at lunch, and after school. It’s been an empowering journey for people to see how great they can feel from working out with friends, knowing what to eat, and getting enough rest. Teachers are realizing that they don’t need fancy equipment, an expensive gym membership, or fancy food to feel good. I’ve also noticed how our earlier pictures have progressed to passive teachers clothed in dark grey and black to dynamic teachers with brighter tops, fun pants, and big smiles. It’s awesome to see what has already transpired in just a few weeks. You rock! Thanks for inspiring healthy teachers and students.

Fourth Graders Are Excited To See Their Healthier School Lunch Options Come To Life

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Last November, after seeing a lunch tray after lunch tray packed with unhealthy food, I decided to line up in the school lunch line and take a few pictures for a week of student lunch trays. I presented these pictures to my class with the question, “How can we make these school lunches healthier?” It was perfect timing since we were three weeks into persuasive essay writing unit about health issues. The idea of making school lunches healthier easily tied to the knowledge students accumulated in researching why you should eat less sugar, why you should eat more vegetables and fruits, and what healthy eating actually does for your body.

The students had two days to use their knowledge to analyze a school lunch tray, research reputable sources, share the positive aspects of it, offer healthier substitutions, and show possibly a bigger solution to solving the problems they witnessed. Our superintendent was eager to hear the fourth graders ideas, so we set up a time for the students to come to school dressed in their best to present their 2-3 minute persuasive presentations individually to the superintendent. Students practiced greeting the superintendent, presenting their information in a thoughtful and engaging way, and thanking him for his time. They were asked a few questions and felt so valued to have their voices hear and to be part of the solution.

These fourth graders are now seeing positive school lunch options and couldn’t be more excited about it. They are so eager to share what changes they are making in food selection with students in other classes and their families at home. From the old lunch trays piled with carbs to the new lunch trays with balanced healthy options no one in class is heard saying anymore while doing the research, “Look at this food on the lunch vendor’s website for adults. They must not care about the kids.” The students feel valued  and healthy. A huge thanks to our superintendent for the opportunity to allow our fourth graders to be heard. Also a huge thanks to our fourth graders who took this research seriously and presented some convincing essays. You inspire.  It’s a great reminder for all of us to choose the healthier options. Thanks for inspiring healthy teachers and students.

Inspired By These 60 Amazing Athletes!

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Words can’t even describe how special today was. I met sixty amazing female athletes who came to take part in EduNinja Fit Club at Ivivva. These athletes ranged from football and rugby players, to dancers and water polo players. I am so honored and grateful that I had the opportunity to spend Sunday morning with all of these amazing girls. A huge thanks to these girls for inspiring everyone with their hard work and dedication. Thank you to the Ivivva crew for all the help in making today so special. Thanks to everyone who was able to make it, and hopefully we can do this again soon. To stay up to date with upcoming events and to sign up for the eduninja30 challenge starting on Jan. 16th please go to eduninja30 on Facebook. Thanks for inspiring healthy students!