‘You can’t have one without the other’: Parents weigh in on why they feel the need to read physical educationworksheets
A teacher in rural Tennessee is taking a stand for students who want to take the class at their own pace, because they want to be able to make their own decisions about where to take classes.
It all started when teacher Rebecca Jones wanted to start a new physical education class, but she found out the class was already going to start at the end of the school year.
She decided to call it a day, and she wanted to take it to a new home.
The teacher was supportive, and the kids started showing up.
The class has grown to about 80 students, and Jones says she’s getting the kind of feedback that can change her life.
“I feel like I have a better understanding of the kids’ ability to do things, and it’s not just about just sitting back and watching what they’re doing, it’s about being able to ask questions, to ask me what they need to know to be successful,” she said.
The students are learning physical education, but Jones said that’s not what the class is really about.
“If you’re not going to do it because you think it’s just going to be a quick fix, you’re going to have to learn how to actually do it, you have to make it your own way, so that’s a little different,” she explained.
Jones is part of a growing movement of educators who say they’re trying to make the class more personalized, more relevant to different kids, and more efficient.
“We want to make sure that the kids that are getting a lot of exposure to physical education can actually do that in a structured way, because otherwise you’re just wasting a lot more time and resources,” Jones said.
Jones and her fellow teachers say they have students who are interested in math and science, and many have been struggling with their schoolwork.
“They’ve seen their peers struggle with math, and they’ve seen other kids struggle with science, so we think this class is just going really well for them,” she added.
Jones has noticed a change in the kids after taking the class, and that’s because they’re learning the material in a more structured way.
“The kids are getting really, really interested in how we are going to get to a state of health where they’re not just sitting at home and taking a lot, but actually getting the information and understanding the difference between the two,” she told ABC News.
Jones hopes the new class will help her students take better notes, which she said is a big step forward.
“What’s interesting to me is that the students are taking it as a challenge and they’re having a great time.
And it’s helping them with their academic skills,” she continued.”
It’s just giving them the opportunity to have a really fun time, and I’m really glad that I’ve got them involved in this program,” Jones added.
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