Youth Trainers Wednesday Schedule:
Youth Trainers: An Innovative program unique to AEA!
This uniting program builds a positive and cooperative relationship between our wonderful students! Every Wednesday 1st-4th (students and teachers) come out, one grade level at a time, for 25 minutes of fun physical fitness activities. Students are taught concepts, activities and strategies to improve health, performance, and social skills.
5th Grade students take on the leadership role of Youth Trainers and work with their elementary counterparts to improve their personal fitness levels and practice working together. ‘Youth Trainers’ use the California Physical Fitness Tests (PFT) to assess their ‘clients’ on key fitness areas including aerobic capacity, muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility. ‘Trainers’ then lead activities to target those specific components of fitness.
HOW?At the designated time, teachers take their classes to the lower playground. Classes alternate coming out every other Wednesday. Teachers stay to monitor safety, help manage behavior and help/join in the activities. Students spend 6 minutes at each station and then rotate to the next activity with their trainer.
Trainers reflect daily on multiple aspects of their performance including - using appropriate techniques and equipment properly; ensuring a safe environment; identify and appreciate the behavior of clients by using encouraging comments; demonstrate judgment, respect and responsibility when modifying station; make continual effort to improve clients fitness and enjoyment.