When I was teaching high school students who were in danger of not graduating, many of them were missing PE requirements because they did not want to change in the locker room in front of everyone. With blessings from a great administrator, I helped them get credit by taking PE at the community college, available evenings, early mornings, and weekends. They could arrive and leave in their PE clothing, then go home to shower.
I also had bright students who were failing because they saw no practical use for their classes. This alternative to PE classes addresses both issues and builds interpersonal connections in the greater community as well:
DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) — As the Summer months approach many people will be out doing yard work, but for those in the community that cannot physically do that themselves, students at the Alternative Learning Center are stepping in to help.📷
As part of the school’s curriculum, students can choose from various activities during the last two weeks of school that will count towards their physical education credits. Volunteering to do yard work for people in the community is one of the options.
A teacher at the school, Tim Hitzler, says he and the students will be helping people with an array of outdoor chores. Read the rest at KWWL.