Physical Education online proves challenging at first

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An example of physical education online with a picture of physical education in the beginning of 2020.

Sawyer Hook, Staff Reporter

Freshman Myah Campbell is one of many students that had physical education (PE)  as one of their first semester classes. Due to COVID-19, PE had major changes in curriculum in comparison to a normal, in-person school environment. 

“A normal schedule is [that] we get on and join the [Google Meet] call, and she takes attendance. We answer a daily question, [and] then go off and do our own work,” Campbell said.

Classes online run differently than in person, and Campbell anticipated this when she saw her schedule.

“Truly, I thought [PE] was going to be like exercises and we would then do them on the call, but we haven’t done anything physical in that class yet surprisingly,” Campbell said.

Campbell is excited for the school year and has many goals in that class and outside of the classroom.

 “A goal I have for PE is to learn more about football because I really don’t know much about it. Outside of school, I’m trying to improve my time on my swimming laps. I swim year round, and I swam for the highschool team this past season.” Campbell said.

Freshmen physical education teacher Tori Fantasia has adapted to changes with teaching online.

“I’ve been pretty good, but online [school] is very challenging. I miss being able to teach PE in person and work on things like sport skills, fitness, team building, sportsmanship and communication; however, I am making it work,” Fantasia said.

Being online has taught Fantasia new skills and traits throughout the year.

 “I am looking forward to learning new ways to teach virtually and be creative. While it is very challenging, I hope to be more creative and confident in virtual teaching by the end of the school year,” Fantasia said.

Fantasia has many goals when it comes to teaching the class and her students. 

“Some goals I have for this school year are building student relationships, maintaining parent communication and motivating students to exercise at home. I want to provide students with opportunities for movement to improve their physical and mental health,” Fantasia said.

Both teachers and students are excited for this school year and hope to meet their goals throughout the year.

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