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Teacher: Chris Bezsylko who teaches at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, NJ. Chris Bezsylko can be contacted at cbezsylk@hcrhs.k12.nj.us.

Name of Best Practice: Junior Class Health/PE Weblog

Rationale/Purpose of Event: The primary purpose of the weblog website is to increase communication and information assimilation of topics covered in the Junior Class Health and Physical Education curriculum. It also encourages reading, reflection, critical thinking, technology, and writing skills.

Suggested Grade Level: 6-12

Materials Needed: Computer access - we get into the computer lab about once per week.

Junior Class Health/PE Weblog

There are several purposes to the Weblog website. In its simplest form, the weblog provides a detailed description of the course and any relevant assignments or other information that is easily accesible by parents and students. Many students are able to submit work from home, even when they are sick. Using the weblog also allows the student more practice using the web for research and familiarizing themselves with different technology - a valuable skill throughout all subjects.

A big part of our weblog is to create a forum for students to express their ideas and concerns regarding current trends and issues in Health and Wellness. The internet provides them an outlet to publicly express their ideas, which many students find empowering. Those who may not speak up in class, have used the weblog to voice their thoughts and opinions. Finally, the weblog is a resource for any who visit to find information on a variety of subjects related to Health and PE.

Here is the weblog website address:

http://central.hcrhs.k12.nj.us/Bezsylko/

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

We get into the computer lab about once per week. I have tutorial three days a week after school, and the library (our media center) has computers and web access. This affords all students access to the computers. Some of our more restricted needs students may have some adaptations, then the weblog works as a forum for interacting with the parents/guardians and any teacher aids or other support systems that might be in place.

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Posted on PEC: 2/8/2005 and has received 61 votes.

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