Building Belonging in PE

how teams are formed matters

Everyone’s moving—either opening for the ball or blocking the pass. Three steps and a short toss ... the blue team catches the squishy green football and scores!

Flicker Football is a physical education favorite at Meadow Pond Elementary. Students love it because it’s fast and fun. Teachers Marie Pritchett and Nicholas Savastano love it because of the skills it reinforces and the cardio it requires. They also fold in another benefit: belonging.

Coaches Pritchett and Savastano use a simple strategy to support all students in feeling welcome and included. They create the teams. “It’s all about how we group our students,” said Pritchett. "We mix abilities and never let anyone be picked last."