I recently attended an online presentation by Leslie Kirui, who, along with her team, has been instrumental in developing an innovative approach to Adapted Physical Education (APE). Kirui, celebrated as the California Adapted PE Teacher of the Year for 2023, highlighted her team’s creative and interactive teaching methods. A prime example of their work is the interactive monster lesson (above), an engaging and educational exercise featured on the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s (PYLUSD) APE website.
Thematic Lessons: Engaging and Adaptable
The APE for PYLUSD website is a hub for innovative and inclusive APE resources. Among its standout features are the thematic lessons, designed to be both engaging and adaptable to individual needs. These lessons include a variety of themes, making learning fun and interactive for students with diverse needs.
One notable thematic lesson is “Avacardio.” Briefly, this lesson allows students to select an avocado, leading them to a fitness skill. This choice-driven approach ensures that the lessons are not only enjoyable but also align with the individual pacing and abilities of each student. There is also Avocardio 2!
The Importance of Self-Paced Learning in APE
Self-paced learning is a key component of effective APE. It acknowledges the varied learning and physical abilities of students, allowing them to engage at their own pace. This approach reduces pressure and increases enjoyment and effectiveness in physical education. By incorporating elements of choice and control, the thematic lessons on the PYLUSD APE website, such as the monster lesson and Avacardio, offer a flexible and student-centered learning experience.
The APE for PYLUSD website stands as a valuable resource for educators, students, and families involved in adaptive physical education. It offers a range of thematic, self-paced lessons that are not only educational but also engaging and inclusive, reflecting the innovative teaching methods of educators like Leslie Kirui.