SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A Springfield school is blending physical education and language arts in an unusual way, much to the delight of students.
The Academy of Arts and Academics launched a four-week course that combines the sport of disc golf with language arts and mindfulness.
Springfield Public Schools said the course includes physical activity, outdoor learning and language to provide a new type of learning experience. Students have developed their disc golf skills and also made connections between physical and mental well-being.
Casey Straub, a sophomore, said he enjoys the class.
“It’s been good. Getting outside and talking to friends and all,” Straub said.
A3 teacher Cody Rosenberg explained that students also read a book called Zen and the Art of Disc Golf. For the language arts part of the class, students wrote an essay on their experience with disc golf. They also write poetry inspired by disc golf and nature.
“Students have really enjoyed the idea that we're not even going to the school building, that we're outside every day, and that we are having fun being with each other and watching each other grow in the sport,” Rosenberg said.
Junior Calvin Hagedorn said he played disc golf prior to taking the class, and was excited to learn that it was an option.
“I really wanted to do it instead of being couped up in my house,” Hagedorn said.
About 20 students are in the class, which is held at Alton Baker Park. Rosenberg said the disc golf course managers allow the class to use their course every day, free of charge.
“It feels like a great way during this particular time in all of our lives to just be outside, be safe, and have fun,” Rosenberg said.