The InterActive for Life (IA4L) resource features relational physical activities that are designed to promote meaningful and engaging interaction in ways that bring us to life. The variety of cooperative, competitive, and inclusive options afford many opportunities for sustained participation and the development of social emotional learning in and through movement. Please download pages 1-96 and pages 97-137 of the IA4L Resource to see the interactivity descriptions, youtube videos, and modifications for inclusion.
The InterActive Function2Flow (Function-Form-Feeling-Flow) assessment chart included in this resource, helps guide the development of relational body, spatial, communicative and energetic awareness in a variety of games & activities. Please tell us about your experiences with this resource via our Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook social media. We also would love to hear about your ideas for new interActivities. Opportunities to share your ideas are offered on our website and social media feeds.
Please consult the safety policies at your local school board and adhere to your provincial Safety Guidelines for Elementary and Secondary Students. For more specific guidelines for Ontario schools, please visit Ophea’s Website (https://safety.ophea.net) and their Tools & Resources page for specific guidelines on equipment, facilities, and clothing/footwear/jewelry, health and first aid, professional learning, responsibilities, special rules/instructions, weather, and tools: https://safety.ophea.net/tools-resources.
In response to COVID-19: We have identified InterActivities as online, close proximity, or physical distancing games. We have attempted to create as many adaptations to accommodate the varying learning environments (at-home, online, or in-school). Connection is possible, even at a distance!
Introduction of the IA4L Resource
Break the ice and open yourself up to connecting with others. Our warm-up interactivities are inspired by our experts in AcroYoga, Jessica Goldberg and Eugene Poku. They encourage us to think about our readiness to form a reciprocal connection with others through eye contact, breath and movement. Each warm-up interactivity develops our social emotional capacity to move and be moved by others. They also invite us to become aware of the ways we can become tense & relaxed and discover optimal levels of muscle activation.
Practice cooperative synchronous connection through proximal and distal means. Our cooperative interactivies are inspired by our expert in Tai Chi, Sam Masich. To form a communicative relationship with others through movement, we must first attend to our alignment and posture. Are we able to lean in to each other and into the interactive moment? Are we able to mirror & match each other through subtle changes in tempo or expression? The Cooperative InterActivities encourage students to experience synchronous movement either up close or at a distance.
Practice competitive synchronous connection through proximal and distal means. Our competitive interactivities are inspired by our expert in Equestrian Arts, Paul Dufresne. A horse is highly responsive to subtle changes in body positioning, such as twists, turns & angles of the shoulders, waist and hips. To transfer this relational body awareness to games and sports, we have designed a series of interactivities that draw attention to positional and gestural modes of communication. We also encourage students to feel into opportune moments to change movement timing and force to create competitive advantage.
Cultivate flow through rhythmic connection. Our dance and rhythm interactivities were inspired by our expert in salsa dancing, Anya Katsevman. To experience a rhythmical connection with others, one first has to attend to bodily postures & positions that invite connections with others. Next, one must feel into moments or openings when a rhythm can be experienced either in a synchronous predictable way or in a welcomed moment of spontaneous surprise. Dance/ Rhythmical InterActivities encourage students to develop an awareness of how sustained and spontaneous rhythms cultivate positive feelings of relational flow.
Fitness InterActivities provide opportunities for students to combine what they learned in their warm-up, cooperative, competitive and dance and rhythm interactivities in relational fitness pursuits. Through inquiry-based prompts, students are encouraged to explore relational ways of increasing cardiovascular capacity as well as muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. Whether at a distance or up close in a partner squat or push-up, fitness interactivities combine challenge with curiosity..