To make gym class interesting and instill the habit of helping people, this learning center has allowed its students to earn P.E. credits by helping people with yard work.
Gym class is usually the least favorite class for many students. As soon as they have an option to opt-out of it, most students do so right away. The main reason behind this is the mundane gym routine students have to follow every day. To help remove the monotony and encourage children to help people, this Learning Center in Dubuque has let its student earn P.E. credits by helping people with yard work.
In return for P.E. credits, the students can choose to do yardwork for those in the community who are elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to perform the chore themselves.
The gym teacher Tim Hitzler came up with the idea. According to him, it is good for the community and the kids.
In an interview, he said,
“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning, but once they get involved and start doing the yard work, they become more motivated. What they like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person.”
The teacher detailed that these students are not only just getting exercise, but also learning about the power of giving back.
This sort of mentality is quite hard to instill in most children. However, in my opinion, there was not a better way to do this. The program was tested out in the final two weeks of the school year. It was so successful that they intend to bring it back as an option in the spring.
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