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P.E. teachers: Big class sizes affecting health, education

Posted: Friday, Feb 1st, 2013

Nicole Lewen, a physical education teacher at Watsonville High School, takes roll of her class of around 50 students Thursday. Another similar sized class is shown in the background. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub and Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE — On Thursday morning, dozens of Watsonville High School students gathered in the school’s wrestling room, where they followed along to the “Insanity Workout,” a fast-moving calisthenics video designed to get their hearts pumping.

In another class, a group was performing “dynamic stretching” exercises, while students on the nearby track were engaging in similarly heart-racing workouts.

The workouts are part of the changing face of physical education classes, but the changes are hampered by huge P.E. class sizes in the district, teachers and students say.

The exercises, in which students monitor their heart rates and try to keep them at an optimal level, is part of an overall program to teach students the reasons behind exercise, how to best go about it and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

That, said P.E. teacher Mike Blum, is the first thing students should learn in physical education classes, and in many cases that happens months before they play actual sports.

For the complete article see the 02-02-2013 issue.

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