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How do you get girls to fully participate in gym class?

Mar 7, 2018 10:03am

I teach three gym classes and I find myself having the hardest of times getting girls to dress and be active when it come to my gym class. We play games in which they are the main focus and yet they still refuse to be involved

  • Physical Education
  • 9-12
  • Planning
  • Student Collaboration


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    • Mar 14, 2018 11:49am

      Hi Antonio! I'm curious about what grades you teach. When I think back to my own experience with gym class, I remember that it was sometime in middle school when I stopped enjoying this type of activity at school. Unfortunately, there is so much pressure for girls to look nice and be perfect, it can be difficult to truly engage in a rigorous sport --even if only for a short time. It may seem trivial, but your female students may be concerned about their appearance post class, they may have body image concerns around dressing and showering if necessary, or they may not excel in sports and don't want to risk embarrassing themselves in front of their peers. I don't know if any strategy or curriculum would have worked to pull me in from the sidelines, but I know that if gym class was scheduled later in the day, I didn't care as much about messing up my look. Perhaps a focus on strong female athletes in your class and in the gym/locker room or some lessons on empowered female athletes might help. It's important for girls to be active and healthy. Kudos to you for seeking strategies that will help! Best wishes!