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October 6, 2020 | Zachary Licato
Physical Education and Health are of vital importance for our 6th-8th grade. To meet those ends we aim to create an environment, through both virtual and in-person interaction that fosters strong emotional and trusting bonds among the students and within the Mustard Seed community. We also hope to create a place where they may express their emotions and physical ability in a myriad of ways. If we are in a Zoom class or face to face I may ask a question directed at the entire class, wait for hands to go up, and then select one of the few hands raised.
It provides us with a great assessment of the students for whom I’ve called on. However, what about the other students? Are they with us? And how do I know?
As I mentioned, we try to create a safe space where students can be active in the information they are receiving. For example, we will be talking about empathy this year and how among each other and within society it is vitally important to be empathetic. It is my goal for them to be actively engaged in their understanding of this specific topic. Creating a class to ask questions as well as directly focus on the act of empathy is key. This can be done in many ways and in the best way that fits the individual needs of the student.
Physical Education will be done virtually, and, as always, done with the idea that daily physical exercise will become an enjoyable and satisfying part of their lives. I will create videos ranging from HIT (High Intensity Interval Training), to stretching and strength building exercises, as well as yoga and dance classes. Students will be able to pick and choose from the videos and “choose their own adventure.” It will be important for myself to keep the energy high and the children engaged, and for the students to interact with each other online, have fun and enjoy the online experience as a viable but temporary substitute for outdoor physical activities.