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Unique phys ed class at Wayzata High School breaks down barriers

Originally published in the Jan. 23, 2018 in the Star Tribune.

By Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune

Filtering into a final-period physical education class at Wayzata High School, students put on heart-rate monitors, then mingle quietly until class begins and each finds a partner.

The day’s focus is tennis — temporary nets are strung up across the gym floor — but first things first. Partners play catch, then deliver the ball on one bounce. Simple, progressive steps follow. Most of the class period is over before physical education instructor Mike Doyle breaks out modified rackets, and they barely get used.

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