Physical Activity Is Now Even More Important While Schools Remain Virtual
Fairfax county public schools have been opened virtually for two days now. After all the classes, my children and I ride our bikes in our neighborhood. We spend some time in my children's former elementary school, which has a nice and empty parking lot. With five to six hours of staring at a laptop screen, children do need a break. Their online classes have been running smoothly yesterday and today. There was, however, one incident today in my daughter's class. The teacher lost his wifi connection and got removed from the online class. As soon as this happened, some of the students started playing loud music with explicit language. The chat box was filled with the "f" word and there was chaos. Online classes are indeed very challenging especially when the technology does not cooperate, but even with no technical glitches, there remain huge intrinsic challenges in a virtual classroom. Screen fatigue is a real issue and even with breaks between classes, sitting idle in front of a screen can exact a toll on the physical, mental and social well-being of our children.
|My children biking in front of Mason Crest Elementary School|
This week is the first week of classes so teachers are still spending time providing an orientation or introduction to their students, but I do hope that later, during school hours, teachers will begin to incorporate some physical activity. Students not only need a rest period from the screen but also opportunities to stretch and work their muscles. Yes, there are indeed learning objectives but we must not neglect the physical, mental and social well-being of our children.