Taking the Circus to School: How Kids Benefit from Learning Trapeze, Juggling and Unicycle in Gym Class - CircusTalk

Circus News

Taking the Circus to School: How Kids Benefit from Learning Trapeze, Juggling and Unicycle in Gym Class

Twelve public schools in Winnipeg are currently operating circus programs in physical education. Circus arts have been gaining popularity in schools around the world. Added to physical education programs, circus arts instruction not only seems to motivate children to exercise, but also has the potential to develop other abilities beyond the physical. My research team measured resiliency and physical literacy levels among students who started circus activities in physical education. Physical literacy is the competence, confidence and knowledge to be physically active for life.
Why physical literacy is important for children J.J. Ross, co-ordinator of physical education and health education at the St. James Assiniboia school division, helped to implement circus activities for four schools in Canada with about 160 attending students. He says the biggest benefit he’s seen in the students is in motivation and confidence as it relates not only to physical literacy, but to performing. He says: “I am traditionally a ‘sports’ guy and everything I have done in my life was aimed at competing against someone or another group of individuals. This focus is aimed at entertaining, not competing. This has attracted a different group of kids to be active for life.” The initiative at the St. James Assiniboia School Division was part of a research project in which circus activities were implemented in Canadian school curriculum in Gr...
Thanks for reading CircusTalk.News.
Support us by registering or subscribing!
To continue reading this article you must be logged in.
Register or login to unlock 2 free articles per month.

Do you have a story to share? Submit your news story, article or press release.

Marion Cossin

Marion Cossin is a research engineer at the National Circus School's Center for Research, Innovation and Transfer in Circus Arts (CRITAC). She holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnique MontrĂ©al. Her research focuses on the interaction between acrobat and equipment, with particular emphasis on the design of new circus equipment, digital integration and performance enhancement. Marion Cossin est ingĂ©nieure de recherche au Centre de recherche, d'innovation et de transfert en arts du cirque (CRITAC). Elle dĂ©tient un doctorat en gĂ©nie biomĂ©dical Ă  l'UniversitĂ© de MontrĂ©al et Polytechnique MontrĂ©al, en partenariat avec l'École nationale de cirque. Elle a une maĂźtrise en gĂ©nie mĂ©canique de Polytechnique MontrĂ©al. Ses travaux sont consacrĂ©s Ă  l'interaction entre acrobate et Ă©quipement de cirque, dans une perspective d'amĂ©lioration de la performance, l'intĂ©gration du numĂ©rique, ainsi que de la conception de nouveaux Ă©quipements de cirque. Son site web: http://www.marioncossin.com/