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ERIC Number: EJ867692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Struggling to Engage Urban Youths in Meaningful Physical Education: A Bailout Plan to Survive and Thrive
O'Neill, Aaron
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v80 n8 p43-45 Oct 2009
Teaching in an urban setting is not usually easy and sometimes leads to frustration. Some teachers have to find new and creative ways to address the challenges and situations they encounter in certain schools and with certain groups of students. This article describes each of four "bailout" structures that the author came up with to make his class safe and encouraging for every student. The structures are (1) the Five-finger Contract (encouragement, responsibility, respect, commitment, safety); (2) the Effort/Attitude/Sportsmanship Socratic Circle (also known as the E.A. Sports); (3) teaching team roles (peacemaker, leader, role player/listener, and thinker) through physical activity and challenges; and (4) the inverted triangle that aims to teach the children in the gym (the majority) who are not elite athletes.
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193; Fax: 703-476-9527; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois