Amie Taylor is a 9th grade algebra teacher. She’s also a CrossFitter.
This past summer, I was sitting in a “how to be a better teacher” training seminar, daydreaming about what WOD I was going to do that day and how fast could I get to my box. Then I had an epiphany. I knew how CrossFit made me feel and why I loved it. So I wondered: is there a way to bring the methodology of CrossFit to my classroom and give my students a taste of the Kool-Aid?
Now, the warm-up activity is called the “WOD.” We do a series of benchmark drills - math skills that we drill over and over - called Fran (the 9x9 multiplication table), Monica (the 12x12 multiplication table), Tam (10 equations, solve for x), and Grace (30 integer problems). Josh is our version of CFT, Laura our highest test grade. The best times and scores are posted on a white board; students often bring their friends by to show them. “Look, I made it on to the white board!” The kids each have a PR chart to track their benchmark times, so they see for themselves that they are learning, building better skills, and achieving success in a subject they all used to hate - and are now learning to love.
Welcome to CrossFit Algebra in Arlington, Texas - the first math class to apply the methodology of CrossFit.