Bringing Role Models into the Physical Education Curriculum
Searson, Eileen, VAHPERD Journal
Are you looking for a new and exciting idea or activity to incorporate into your physical education curriculum? Are you trying to find new ways to promote class participation and enjoyment in class activities? Here is a fun idea you may want to try!
Invite people from your community to help instruct your class for the day. For example, if you are currently teaching a softball curriculum in an elementary school setting than invite local middle school and high school softball team members to help instruct your students. If you have access to a local college or university you can see if any student athletes, coaches, kinesiology students, or fitness instructors would like to participate in your class. You may also find volunteers to help with your class thru local semi-professional teams or professional athletes. Be creative and ask around!
The outside athletic influence will be new and exciting for the students. Volunteers that you choose can serve as role models and not only have fun with the students but inspire, motivate, and help them with the sport. The athletes can also share experiences and talk about topics that are relevant to athletics such as leadership, time management, goal setting, sportsmanship, personal growth, dedication and hard work, etc. …