Longwood Students Impact VAHPERD Conference
Longwood juniors Tommy Keefer, Timmy Harris, and Chris Thornton hold the College Bowl trophy.
On November 7, Longwood juniors, Tommy Keefer, Timmy Harris, and Chris Thornton won the inaugural Health Education College Bowl competition at the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VAHPERD) conference. VCU was the biggest challenger to Longwood and the two were deadlocked after three rounds. It came down to a sudden death question – winner take all –and Longwood won.
Brett Jones and Megan Hedgepeth with Dr. Claire Mowling presented Motivating Set Inductions and Closures: A Bag of Secrets to a standing room audience during the 8 a.m. Saturday morning session. By using set inductions focusing on Angry Birds, The Lorax, and a "bag full of secrets", it sparked interest and increased their students’ motivation to perform. New spins on closure looked at options for doodles, riddles and "I care why" as ways to check for understanding. All activities were tested with children as part of action research projects with great results.
Jessica Parker was elected as the alternate Student Representative to the VAHPERD Board of Directors. Jawaad Douglas, a junior and member of Longwood’s Call Me MISTER program, was selected by Longwood Physical and Health Education - Teacher Education faculty as their Major of the Year. Mr. Douglas was recognized along with the other Majors of the Year by VAHPERD President Regina Kirk at the state conference.