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Teacher: Matt DeChicko who teaches at Wilson Elementary School in Imperial, PA. Matt DeChicko can be contacted at mdechicko@westallegheny.k12.pa.us.

Name of Best Practice: Outstanding Swimmers Club

Rationale/Purpose of Event: The purpose of the "Outstanding Swimmers Club" to to recognize the students who have achieved Outstanding status for the first semester in swimming class.

Suggested Grade Level: 3-5

Materials Needed: Bulletin Board, Camera, Printer, and Background.

Outstanding Swimmers Club

The students at Wilson Elementary School take a swimming class the entire school year. The students get graded on swimming twice a year. The students are graded: N for needs improvement, S for satisfactory, or O for outstanding. To earn a O in swimming a students must have dressed at least all but one time. They also need to pass all of the skills according to American Red Cross Whales Tales program. If a student dresses consistantly and passes all the skills they recieve an O for the semester. To honor the students who earn O's we take their picture and put all of their faces on a bulletin board. The bulletin board is made up a picture of a pool as the back ground, then we put all the Outstanding Swimmers faces in the pool for all to see.

Variations:

Instead of putting all their faces on the wall you can list their names as sort of an honor roll.

Water adjustment activities are emphasized along with swim strokes such as Front Crawl, combined stroke also front and back glide,emphasis rhythmic breathing.

Have a most improved section :)

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

I always talk about the "Outstanding Swimmers Club" to make it seem more prestigious to the students.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Adapted or life skill students are held to different standards. My special needs student receives an O based on participation and effort.

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Posted on PEC: 3/12/2008 and has received 51 votes.

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