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Dodgeball is more than just a game

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Amy Petersilie,   Alternative Learning Center - Rochester
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Dodgeball is more than just a game

Our goal is to create a dodgeball team, teach them the rules of the dodgeball game (yes, there are very specific rules to this game), have the students practice just like any other sport, schedule a competition against other school(s), and have a competition day. We are trying to teach the students not only is dodgeball a fun game, but there are very specific rules to follow. We also want to teach, in a fun way, about sportsmanship, teamwork, but most important, integrity. Integrity is a huge part of the game - doing what is right even when someone isn't watching or seeing it happen. This game taught many important aspects to our students even if our team lost - it taught them how to be gracious at losing as well.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We were to accomplish our goal by setting expectations for our students and making sure they understood where we were coming from and practicing them every day. Slowly they accepted the rules and played fair and just even if the other team didn't. Our school played with a great amount of honor.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Our greatest challenges are always practice time and making sure the students are doing well in school. The way we work with this is setting standards and making sure that the students understand that if they want to play they need to work hard in school. If they really want it they will find a way to make it happen.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The greatest improvements are higher integrity and school spirit.