Bike at Work or Work on my Bike!

Todd Papianou - Rumford, ME

Bike at Work or Work on my Bike!

I'm a high school physical education teacher in the Western Maine Mountains. We received a National Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant in 2004 and since then we have taught over 10,000 students how to ride bikes in a variety of bike units. I teach a commuter unit and a trail riding unit. The culminating activity brings together authentic mountain bike specific trail systems in our region. Students also get a chance to build trail or a trail feature in some classes. Through assessments and directed instruction using section riding and other skill building drills, students of all abilities improve their Bike Literacy.  My love for bikes and riding and the support of my Principal allows me to mesh my work and my passion. I'm definitely feeling lucky as heck!

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