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Flag Football for All at Chippens

Katie Pepe,   Chippens Hill Middle School
NFL FLAG-In-Schools — Get in the Game!
Physical Activity Participation
All of the students in the school take part in Flag Football, no matter their skill level.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

There are varying football skill levels in my class. My Flag Football unit consists of many lead-up games and the skill level can be very diverse. By using higher skilled students to coach lower level students during class helps form new friendships between classmates. These relationships are seen outside of class where the students are helping each other in their academic classes, in the cafeteria, and in the hallways.

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

Since there are varying skill levels when it comes to football, I decided to have higher skilled student coach the lower lever students. It helps when there is only one teacher, and many students needing individualized attention. The students also enjoy working with their peers and having them help to provide feedback.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

During certain games and activities, students are allowed to choose who they would like to work with in class, or teams/groups are chosen by the teacher. It is helpful when the students give themselves a fair evaluation on their football-related skills when the teacher is creating teams, so games can be fair.