#SOL20: Routines

Stretch: side,side,side,side,side,side,side,side,side,side.

Stretch: up,up,up,up,up,up,up,up,up,up.

March: one,two,one,two,one,two,one,two,one,two,one,two,one,two,one,two,one,two,one,two

Stretch: twist,twist,twist,twist,twist,twist,twist,twist,twist,twist.

Warm ups lasted about eight minutes.

Many other words were sandwiched in.

Encouraging words.

Words of caution.

“Try it.”

“Go as far as you can.”

Some matched the model.

Some did not.

No one quit.

Everyone did something.

But everyone did not do the SAME something!

Everyone looked just a little different.


It was my first time observing the exercise group.  Does everyone have the EXACT same end goal?  NO!  Does everyone have a goal?  YES!  And that’s the point.  Can everyone in a group hit the exact same point on an arbitrary measuring stick on the exact same day?  Should they?

When does this work in real life?

I think we need a bit more -ish in our lives.

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Expanding our learning opportunities.  Not stamping end dates. Not considering expiration dates.

In life.

In schools.

In classrooms.

Note (Checking in on a craft move):

Exactly how did you read those first few lines?

What did the lack of spacing in the series of words do to your pacing?

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6 responses

  1. For me, Fran, those first few lines read like constant movement, slow and steady; not rushed. Since goals are individually set, they will not be the same for all and each person will reach his/her own goals in their time, not someone else’s. I think as teachers we need to remember this. Not every student will master a concept just because we have reached the end on a unit.

    1. They were slow, steady, a constant beat! I didn’t like spaces but I wasn’t sure if my writerly self was on target.

      And yes! Everyone should have a different target and trajectory and some goals will take longer . . . another reason why we can and must focus on more than one goal at a time!

  2. I like this connection between writing and exercise class. It’s so hard to let go of having everyone’s end product look the same. But it is so important to do that!

    1. Lisa,
      Process and product.
      They both matter but in the beginning, process has to outweigh product! (IMO)

  3. I read the first lines as a whole, not as separate words echoing in my head. I saw that they repeated so I didn’t need to read each one. I love the exercise analogy. My husband and daughter will be running a half marathon together in a few weeks. They are working up their mileage, while I walk my 2 miles with Charlie. I probably need to do more, but I don’t choose to. Choice and motivation plays a role as well as ability.

  4. For me the first lines were super fast paced without spaces. Then again I can imagine well the high spirit of the warm up. I bet the end og=f the lesson with some relaxation would have had stretched out words and plenty of space to breathe. I like when the trainers say “Adjust the exercise so it is good for you.” Your slice reminds me that I have been sitting and reading too long and I should go for a walk now, or stretch a bit.

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