Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Partnering With Top Notch Talent

A couple weeks my company Learn To Move Academy partnered with Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine (TISM) to bring the best of fundamental movement development programs and sports medicine. Together we are educating the New Orleans metro area about the benefits of long term athletic development.  #school #teacher #student #athlete #fitness #parents

TISM are top notch doctors, physical therapists, and athletic trainers who truly care about their patients and educating the community.  They see patients when other healthcare facilities can't make appointments for weeks and months away.  Today they helped make a presentation to the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools at Hynes Charter School in New Orleans, and provided outstanding insight into the surgery curve on overuse injuries.  It is a blessing to be endorsed by such a great organization who shares the same believes and desires to give back to the elementary and middle school communities.  So much is made about high school sports, but not many talk about how to develop a child from the beginning.  We didn't all start with running a 40 yard dash in 4.4 seconds or dunking a basketball at the age of 6.  We all started figuring out how to move in space and be courteous of others sharing the space.

Find a business, organization, or group of people who share similar believes and the sky is the limit!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Failure is Only Failure When you Don't Start

In early August a well known healthcare company in south Louisiana pulled out their support of seminars my company, Learn To Move Academy, had setup for 2 parish school boards and over 20 catholic elementary schools.  What do you do?  Cancel the opportunity to educate PE teachers and get new customers or roll with the experience and knowledge we have?  #risktaking #business #goals #courage #lesbrown

Driving to our first seminar we received the email the large healthcare provider could not make it.  We tightened up our belts and made the presentation to 15 public school PE teachers in St. Bernard Parish.  After the presentation our contact said she was interested in pursuing purchasing options for her school and a few others.  We emailed a proposal for every school in the system and stayed in touch over the next few weeks.  Time went by and red tape held up the process but we had faith.

On September 8, the school board contacted us and agreed to purchase the program for all 6 of their elementary schools.  If we folded up our tents and did not do the seminar after being thrown to the wolves, we never could reap the rewards.  When you have a dream, follow it and do not let mole hills become mountains in your quest for greatness.
#faith #persistence #school #education

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Obesity Strategy

#childhoodobesity #parents #teachertuesday #obesity #health
September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in the United States.  Here is a great blog by British author Kevin Peake The Obesity Strategy, in which he details some issues and suggestions for United Kingdom schools.  While schools have a significant effect on childhood obesity, let us not forget that obesity is not genetic but learned.  Children do not drive to the grocery store or restaurants and pay for food with their own hard earned cash.  Parents are 100% responsible for what they feed their children, and with smart phones, instant education on to what is healthy or not is available at your fingertips.  Before pointing the finger outside, take a look inside and see where does that finger need to be pointed.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Digital Learning in Schools

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As the owner of a digital physical education company, I am always learning about the different strategies and methods schools are implementing technology.  The people at eSchoolNews.com put out a great article about how to improve a school district's digital leadership.#motivationmonday #technology #learning #school #backtoschool

Most people don't think of physical education being a digital learning subject, but Learn To Move Academy is a pioneer in web based tool for teachers.  Everyone lives on their phones and tablets now, so why not give PE teachers something to use that's mobile and can be used on the court or field.  With budget cutbacks, PE is one of the first subjects to have reduced funding and time.  It becomes an after thought when physical fitness is primary in life itself.  With no books and binders to take up space, why not invest in more digital resources to be accessed on field trips, in the classroom, and at home.  If not for digital, you couldn't read this blog from anywhere in the world.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What Is The Cost of Winning?

As Vince Lombardi said, "Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing."  And for the most part, he is right.  But as parents, when you you draw the line with telling your kids winning is the most important thing over all else?  #wednesdaywisdom #winningwednesday #wednesdaymotivation #champions

Does winning become the dominant theme over sportsmanship and respect for yourself and others?  I am a huge sports fan and avid athlete so winning is extremely important on a personal level.  It is a difficult decision with some parents in teaching their kids to win vs win at all costs.  When the game is over, it is over and life resumes it's regularly schedule program.  Teach your kids to do their best and have a winning attitude, and combine it with humility and sportsmanship so everyone wins in the end.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Giving Your Best Effort

We always tell kids to give their best effort, but what makes them do so?  Is it internal motivation or the culture they are in?  Today I want to give a shout out to the 5th & 6th grade classes at St. Cletus Elementary School in Gretna, LA.  They gave 100% effort in their pre performance testing for Learn To Move Academy. #champions #winners #teachers #leadership

I have seen children of all ages in various environments go through sports practices and PE classes.  Some kids do want to perform to their highest level, others don't care and nothing you say or do changes it.  I firmly believe a culture of empowerment and doing your best starts at the top.  Whether it is in business, sports, or school, how the leader encourages and empowers those below him or her is reflected in their efforts.  If you want your followers (whoever they are) to give 100%, then you give them 100% of yourself.
#school #teachers #learning #students #children #coach #teachertuesday

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fifth District Savings Bank Supports The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana

I am very excited to announce the sponsorship of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana by Fifth District Savings Bank to implement Learn To Move Academy for their after school programs.  Two great community organizations in the New Orleans area helping others for decades.  #communityservice #neworleans #volunteering #MakeADifference

The people at Fifth District Savings Bank are very excited to donate our movement program to the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana to give these kids proper movement techniques to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.  Teaching healthy, active lifestyle habits is my passion and this partnership took awhile to develop. Everyone involved is pleased to make a positive impact on our next generation.
#learning #backtoschool #children #kids #education #daycare