Recently I have been doing my Field Experience in Health and Physical Education with a local middle school. I teach 2 Health and 2 PE lessons each Monday and I observe another PE class. The Phys. ed. class I have been observing is a class that features special needs students. After my second observation, I had to inquire about my cooperating teacher if your students in this class were selected as “peer leaders” or in the event, the students had shown interest in maintaining the category while using special needs students. I was shocked to find out that the scholars were just selected randomly plus it simply so happened this group was extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the requirements of their classmates.
Helpers or Peer Tutors
I believe the teachers need to be utilizing this advantage greater than what I have seen. By having helpers or peer tutors you can divide your attention more equally among students. Peer tutors ought to be specially selected and Ellery (2019) recommends that peer tutors ought to be (a) slightly older than their disabled counterparts, (b) emotionally mature, (c) good communicators, (d) highly trained, and (e) volunteers.
As a player and a future coach, I may be considered a bit biased but I see these attributes as just the right definitions on most athletes. I see daily my own time in high school graduation and don’t forget that this coordinator of Special Olympics at our school would have been a Physical Education teacher who had previously been not too popular with most students. He had limited ties to varsity sports teams and not reached in the market to coaches as well as individual student-athletes for help.
Students utilize the volunteer service of being a peer tutor from both self-appreciation and as a resume builder …Leaders In the Community, Peer Tutors in Adapted Physical Education Read More