Archery Program Inspires Students in Multiple Ways

In Hilliard City Schools, we have a passion for growth. That means we are exploring ways to engage students creatively so they can be inspired through learning a new skill. Physical education teacher Gordon Fowler embodies the “growth mindset” by using a portion of his curriculum to teach the sport of archery.

Described by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) as “an activity that doesn’t discriminate based on popularity, athletic skill, gender, size or academic ability.”

“You have students who aren’t your typical basketball players or football players,” Fowler said, “so sometimes Phys-ed is a little difficult for them. This is another outlet for them and they get more involved.”

After Fowler took part in training and a certification process, he began teaching the sport, as well as offering an after school archery club for fifth graders. The program being taught during the school day is partially funded through a grant.

Archery also serves as a way to benefit the whole child. Math skills are further developed when tallying scores and technology can be used when utilizing iPad apps that serve as a scoring system.

“I like that it’s kind of calming,” says Matthew, a fifth-grade student. “It’s also good for your math skills.”

Fowler sees archery growing in popularity because of its emphasis on learning to have focus, self-control, discipline, patience.

“I think physical education gives more balance to the kids,” he said. “It plays a major part in students having a more well-rounded life. Activities like archery allow for me to teach them to have that focus they need in all parts of their lives.”

The program has been very successful at Ridgewood and has benefited students in multiple ways. It’s provided many lessons required to be successful in the classroom and in life.

“I think it’s very fun,” said Jake, a fifth grader. “Mr. Fowler does a great job teaching us how to aim and shoot.”