The Lakeside Middle School PE department recently hosted inline skating program Skate Journeys for a weeklong PE residency. Based in Redmond, Skate Journeys teaches inline and roller skating to create and promote physical education and playful communities. Skate Journeys instructors worked with students in grades 5-8, transforming the Middle School gym into a skating rink.
The residency fit well within the PE department's goal of helping students develop active lifestyles and establishing the habits for a healthy life. "It's an out-of-the-box activity," remarked Middle School PE department head Sandy Schneider, "and it adds an additional lifetime recreational pursuit that compliments both the individual and team sports activities we do elsewhere in the curriculum."
The week began with students acclimating to their inline skates, learning basic movements and skills, including how to fall safely on skates. Each day, Skate Journeys instructors introduced more advanced footwork, leading students back and forth across the gym as they practiced each move. At the end of the lesson, students played games and enjoyed a free skate to further develop their skills.
By Friday, students were zooming around, "swizzling" their feet between cones, and skating on one foot. "I think it's really fun, and the teachers are really helpful in teaching new skills," said 6th grader Efe E. See photos from the residency below.