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Howard County teachers reimagine gym class

Howard County teachers reimagine gym class

Next month, it’s time for bobsledding at Trinity School in Ellicott City. And cross-country skiing and speedskating and curling.

They’re not what you might expect to find in a school gym, but physical education teacher Frank John created a three-week “Winter Olympics”-themed unit that engages students and builds their interest in fitness.

“It’s something they’re not used to doing,” John says. “And this gives some kids an opportunity who might not excel at other sports.”

Like John, teachers across Howard County are getting creative when it comes to physical education. Though many schools still offer...