Students in Dr. Boyds’ physical education and health classes have been interacting with a real-world event to bring learning closer to home. It started with all students reading A Leg Up by Josh Sundquist, a former Paralympic Alpine skier.
The book gave students a perspective on what it is like to be disabled and what it is like to overcome all odds to pursue your dreams. Students then began communicating with a current Paralympian, Mark Bathum and his guide, Cade Yamamoto.
Mark is classified as a B2, which is one step away from being legally blind. Mark and Cade are currently competing in Sochi, Russia, and have been communicating through Twitter, the class Facebook page and email. Mark’s DH race was fifth place on Saturday, but classmates Tweeted encouraging messages and pictures that inspired him to a silver medal in the Super G.
Mark has been blogging to the class and keeping students apprised of his reflections and experiences in Sochi. Upon his return, he will be Skyping with each class to share his adventure, opinions and the accounts of his races. His final race will be Sunday, March 16.
Dr. Boyd’s classes use social media to get the latest and most up-to-date facts on the 2014 Paralympic Games and Mark’s quest for gold. The experience is another great way to incorporate Indiana Learning Standards with modern technology. This engaging event connects local students to cultures, people, and circumstances outside the boundaries of our community.