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Get kids moving in class

Published:Tuesday | January 9, 2018 | 6:32 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

This letter is a response to the recently published article in The Gleaner titled 'Incorporate physical activity into teaching, urges minister' (January 6, 2018). Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid urged teachers to include "physical activities and play" into teaching at the secondary and primary levels, which is a brilliant idea.

Quite a number of commenters expressed that the minister was requiring unduly strenuous work from teachers, which was not congruent with their salaries.

But are teachers using the various tools, strategies and alternative forms of assessment to pique the students' interests and allow them to grasp the content of what is being taught? Are they catering for the diverse learners? We need to ask ourselves these questions, because we often see some teachers demanding more pay, yet they go into the classrooms and 'slap-dash' or do mediocre work and expect a lump sum or commendation.

I believe we can only demand a higher pay if we are passionate about what we do and have the students' best interests at heart.

Although more would be required of teachers in incorporating physical activity into teaching and making physical education mandatory up to grade 13, it is the students who would benefit, and teachers who will be satisfied with ourselves when the students have learned because they are alert and active in class. We cannot only focus on academics.

According to the website of the Ministry of Education, Guyana (2017), there are a number of benefits that students receive from physical education, such as building self-confidence, developing motor skills, and teaching healthcare.

Does anyone know the saying, there is no job that is too big for a teacher?

SHANICE KARISTEN GRANT

Student, Shortwood Teachers' College