Thanks in part to a sponsorship from community partner Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, CFISD educators and students have been able to take their teaching and learning to another level during the 2017-2018 school year with GoNoodle.
A movement program used in approximately 80 percent of U.S. public elementary schools, GoNoodle aims to fuel learning through the power of movement. Using short, interactive videos and games, GoNoodle incorporates movement (dancing, stretching, running and other activities) that can be used in the classroom and at home.
Memorial Hermann Cypress sponsored the Plus version of GoNoodle for CFISD for the 2017-2018 school year at a value of $165,000. The hospital was recognized for its giving and the sponsorship during the Board of Trustees meeting in October.
“We know that creating healthy habits in young people puts them on the right track to maintain healthy lifestyles as adults,” said Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Cypress senior vice president and CEO. “We are thankful that our community partners like Cypress-Fairbanks ISD also place a high priority on instilling healthy habits in the young people they impact every day.”
Memorial Hermann Cypress also sponsored professional development for teachers to go with GoNoodle Plus for the district.
Dawn Tryon (left), Keith Elementary School principal, and Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction and accountability, move alongside students to a learning activity on GoNoodle Plus during a media event on Nov. 14 at Keith Elementary School. Memorial Herman Cypress Hospital sponsored GoNoodle Plus technology and professional development for teachers for CFISD for the 2017-2018 school year at a value of $165,000.
Launched in 2014, GoNoodle allows teachers and students to use “brain breaks” and other movement activities to not only break the mantra of stationary learning from a desk, but instead continue the learning process with academic-incorporated games while also promoting physical activity. A number of the learning activities have game-like attributes, helping keep a student’s attention even more during the day as levels are earned or characters successfully complete challenges.
“When we get kids moving and learning, they retain information longer,” said Erika Sanchez, a preschool programs for children with disabilities (PPCD) teacher at Copeland Elementary School and GoNoodle ambassador. “Our whole goal is to want kids to have fun in the class and GoNoodle is one of the ways we can utilize technology in a platform that gets the kids up and moving, and learning the different content areas.”