The Owl Daily Dozen (ODD) made its debut in our Physical Education/Personal Development curriculum this Spring. Maybe the boys could use the summer break to become better acquainted with their exercise regimen as they work on their beach bodies. Or not.
That said, it could be argued that the popularization of the much discussed, high-intensity warm-up routine could spark not only our students' acceptance of an efficient warm-up, but also encourage a broad cultural revolution in the understanding of an athletic/academic close correlation.
Being in top physical and mental shape is something that we have positively experienced through our traditional curriculum. We emphasize both academic and athletic competition as boys learn to demand more of themselves -body, mind, spirit- as they gain command of more self-regulation while, at the same time, contributing more to the general welfare of their classmates and the school.
Our baseline philosophical position for our students: We require that these boys self-monitor, be ready for each day, before they are in position to contribute to one another and the school. That's why outside of all the formal expectations written in the U-Book for our students we encourage good student sleep, good nutrition and awareness, and the ODD, among other good things for boys around here.
The purpose of our using the ODD is multifaceted. For one, we want the boys to gain a practical understanding of their muscle groups in context of their maturing, mindful maintenance of their bodies. For example, we find in PE/PD an opportunity to bridge over into what will be required for future anatomy and physiology in ninth grade biology, and, closer to home, the priority of daily nutrition. Diet and its effect on growing bodies is obviously an important point of emphasis for anyone's personal development. Thus, in PE's last week of each month, the class becomes "PD," and the boys do classroom personal development work in understanding proper nutrition, muscles groups, and the function of the circulatory system.
For another, regularly incorporating the ODD in a brisk seven minute warm-up maintains the physical quotient for an otherwise academic exercise for the week of Personal Development classes. A pretty easily transferable concept, the ODD is quickly remembered, if not cherished, by these fellows. According to PE Department chairman Matt Bakke, the welcomed addition to the boys' regular schedule works for us because, "it is practical, easy to administer, while being challenging."
"The ODD is an efficient, total-body workout with the ability to measure improvement. More, it's age appropriate, safe, and the boys work at their own pace. Plus, it's fun," he concluded. The verdict among the boys is not as conclusive at this juncture. They'll learn to love it!
See for yourself as some choice eighth-grade students demonstrate the ODD with Coach Bakke: