Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Stepping Out for Fitness

Ok, it's a new year and our staff is "Stepping Out for Fitness." Thanks to our principal, Mrs. Kreuser, our school was awarded a wellness grant to promote a walking program for teachers. Over 40 of the staff are participating. Using pedometers, we count our steps and then report them on an Excel spreadsheet every day.

I'm proud of our staff for taking a risk with this spreadsheet thing. Some may have never used one before. I set up formulas so it will total a team's steps each day as well as do a running overall total for each individual and team. I think it will be exciting to watch the number of steps accumulate and get higher and higher each day. I hope that seeing this simple use of spreadsheets will encourage and inspire some teachers to step out and learn how to use them and how to incorporate them into class projects.