Revolutionizing Hickman Gym Classes

1 decade 7 months 4 weeks ago January 26, 2006 Jan 26, 2006 Thursday, January 26 2006 Thursday, January 26, 2006 9:19:02 PM CST in News

For example, a Hickman High School physical education teacher is getting the most out of her students' dance moves.

Christi Hopper said the curriculum needed a change of pace.

"I think kids love to dance," she noted. "All teenagers pretty much love to dance, and they love to move, and it's a great activity."

So, Hopper bought a Dance Dance Revolution video game for her classes.

"I'd see the DDR at lots of conferences I went to for physical education," she explained. "And it looked like something exciting that the kids would like. And I heard a lot of kids talk about it."

Hickman's DDR machine has software that lets teachers see how many calories students burn while exercising. But, Dance Dance Revolution isn't limited to the classroom. It's also an arcade classic.

Andy Stroup and Mike Henderson are advanced players who still feel the burn.

"I used the workout mode when I first started just to see how many calories I could burn," said Henderson.

Henderson's classmate Stroup agreed, "Mainly it's to keep in shape. Some of the songs are quite a bit of fun to listen to."

Hopper said many teachers in the Columbia district have contacted her about getting a DDR machine for their schools.

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