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Teaching gym class in a new way

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DULUTH, MN-- Every Wednesday, this gym class is what these students look forward too.

3rd grader Ethan says as he jumps up and down, "We learn lots of sports-related stuff. It's so much fun!"

Here elementary school students with learning disabilities and the UMD physical education students meet for an adaptive P.E. class.

It's a class that benefits each student.

UMD student Clayton Gallus says, "The biggest thing I take out of it I guess is just getting that experience to be with the kids and work and kinda get down to their level."

Kids may be having fun.

Emett who's also in 3rd grade: "Playing soccer and bowling, and playing."

"It's so fun, and it takes up most of the day," says Ethan.

For teachers, there's an ulterior motive.

LeighAnn Viche the Adaptive Phys Ed teacher for Duluth Schools says,
"I have goals and objectives for each child and their working on those goals and objectives when they're here."


She adds, "We sneak in a little learning and they don't even really realize it."

UMD students use the gym time as a hands-on experience they can use towards their careers.

Gallus ads, "Because a lot of the time when you do get to the field or you're student teaching you don't get that adaptive consideration while you're in your student teaching."

Each week there are 15 to 25 elementary school students that participate.
UMD juniors and seniors in the physical education program teach the class.

Emma Quinn

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