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What I Learned When My Students Began Jumping Rope

By Janet Beihoffer (04/11/2019)

By now the outcry has been heard and confirmed: Children need recess or other forms of physical activity to thrive in school.

But I could have told you that. As a veteran teacher, I stumbled on this fact in my own classroom quite by accident.

Years ago my students took the required, but now defunct, President’s Challenge physical fitness test. Most teachers left the requirement to the P.E. staff. One year, however, I was informed that most of my fifth grade students had failed the test.

I took that personally. I was an athlete at age 10. MY students would not flunk the physical education test. But what could I do?

Eventually I found an article about a school system which had its students jumping rope every day. “Why not try this?” I asked myself. So off to the hardware store I went to purchase about 120 feet of clothesline. Returning home, I cut 25 “jumping ropes,” one for each of my students.

From that point on, my students and I jumped rope one minute each day before returning to the classroom after the noon recess. We added another minute every week following until we reached five minutes.

Did it work?

The answer was a resounding yes when it came to the President’s Challenge. Every student passed it the following spring.

But something else happened that was even more impressive.

Through the jump roping regimen, one boy had an incredibly difficult time getting the rope over his head and jumping over it. His eyes were misaligned and I’m sure that influenced his lack of coordination. Nevertheless, he tried every day with the others.

This same boy was very bright, but had horrible penmanship. However, this began to improve over time.

One afternoon I called him to my desk to congratulate him on his handwriting. He responded by saying, “Well, the only reason I think this happened is because of jumping rope. I believe my brain has re-patterned itself.”

Could this kind of program be done today? Even though recess is rising in popularity, we have eliminated many other avenues for fitness, including less outside time, no Red Rover, and no Dodge Ball. Have we gone so far in protecting kids that we are cheating them of self-confidence, physical improvement, better motor skills, and maybe even better academic results?

Perhaps it’s time to get out the jump ropes.

By | 2019-04-18T13:29:08-04:00 April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

2018 Punk Rope Games Results

COSTUME CONTEST
Jumprassic Park 37
Los Frijoles 32
Blues Jumpers 30
Sleepy Heads 27
Fantastic Beasts 26
Flavor Town 24
Make America Grape Again 22
Space Force 20

STRADDLES
Fantastic Beasts 92
Blues Jumpers 87
Make America Grape Again 82
Space Force 76
Sleepy Heads 72
Jumprassic Park 67
Flavor Town 49
Los Frijoles 42

SPOONS
Blues Jumpers 128
Fantastic Beasts 117
Los Frijoles 112
Space Force 108
Jumprassic Park 100
Sleepy Heads 96
Make America Grape Again 76
Flavor Town 27

LONG ROPE MONKEYS IN THE MIDDLE
Jumprassic Park 91
Space Force 85
Fantastic Beasts 71
Los Frijoles 64
Flavor Town 60
Sleepy Heads 38
Blues Jumpers 31
Make America Grape Again 13

ALTERNATING CROSS
Jumprassic Park 77
Los Frijoles 73
Space Force 71
Blues Jumpers 68
Fantastic Beasts 63
Flavor Town 42
Sleepy Heads 21
Make America Grape Again 19

ME FIRST YOU FIRST
Jumprassic Park 125
Fantastic Beasts 105
Los Frijoles 76
Make America Grape Again & Sleepy Heads 61
Flavor Town 50
Space Force 48
Blues Jumpers 47

LONG ROPE CAT & MOUSE
Jumprassic Park 35
Flavor Town 22
Fantastic Beasts & Blues Jumpers 21
Sleepy Heads 20
Space Force & Los Frijoles 19
Make America Grape Again 15

SWING SWING JUMP
Fantastic Beasts 68
Jumprassic Park 52
Make America Grape Again 45
Blues Jumpers 42
Flavor Town 40
Los Frijoles 35
Sleepy Heads 34
Space Force 26

RUBBER CHICKEN TOSS RELAY
Space Force 25 *NEW PR GAMES RECORD
Flavor Town 17
Fantastic Beasts 14
Jumprassic Park 11
Make America Grape Again, Blues Jumpers, & Sleepy Heads 9
Los Frijoles 8

By | 2018-09-12T15:06:26-04:00 September 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Punk Rope Goes Back to School

This past Friday Heather and Tim delivered a 2-hour Punk Rope Challenge workshop to 5 teachers and 4 students at PS 123, an elementary school in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The workshop, which featured an array of rope jumping activities and fitness games, was extremely well-received. If you think Punk Rope would be a good fit for the school where you teach or for your child’s school, please drop us a line. The cost is $500 for a 2-hour workshop for up to 10 participants. Each participant receives a custom-sized jump rope and 3 E-books.

By | 2017-05-09T21:59:16-04:00 May 9th, 2017|0 Comments