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October 23, 2017 06:14 PM

PE Teachers Have Unique In-Service

Sioux Falls, SD

Local PE teachers spent an in-service a little differently than they usually do on Monday.   

These Sioux Falls teachers put the physical in physical education by becoming gym students themselves.

Sioux Falls School District physical education teachers put their gym clothes on for an opportunity to expand their knowledge.

"Coming here, I kind of didn't know what to expect. It's actually really good, especially talking about the lady who's a PT,  a physical trainer, she can teach us different activities," PE Teacher Dan Kirsch said. 

Because no matter how long you've been on the job, you're never done learning. 

"Teaches different activities that I can do at the elementary level, and with the middle school and high school teachers as well," Kirsch said. 

While continuing their education is a part of their job, physical education teachers are excited to participate and bring new practices back to the classroom.

The in-service consists of three main focuses: Knee injury prevention, nutrition and weight room progressions. 

"They want to learn about different topics. More interactive when they do have an in service, versus just sitting in a classroom all day and learn about something," dietitian Lizzie Kasparek said. 

And getting active is giving the teachers the chance to experience the new techniques being taught. 
"These bands that we're working with right now, I mean even personally putting those on and doing just a simple plank, and putting that on, it was different. I mean, it was challenging. I felt pain in other parts of my body that I know needed to be stretched," Kirsch said.

Kasparek hopes one topic will receive more attention in the classroom after the in-service. 

"When I was in high school, I didn't necessarily get that nutrition education. So, how do we bring that nutrition, or at least that healthy eating topic, up in some of the classroom settings,"  Kasparek said. 

Thanks to this unique in-service, teachers will go back to class with new techniques to prevent injury, and leave students with skills that will be useful throughout every grade level. 

For more information on injury prevention for PE teachers, click here. 

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