The world of Harry Potter, credited with inspiring millions of children to read, is now being used to get students excited about physical education. Justin vanGelderh, a first-year gym teacher at Horace W. Porter School in Connecticut, is among those across the country incorporating the game "quidditch" into their curriculum.
Determined third graders with foam bats stand guard as "chasers" charge toward the hoops with foam balls in hand, trying to avoid being tagged out by the "bludgers" -- students holding yarn balls -- before they can score. Every few minutes, vanGelderh will throw out his own version of the "golden snitch" -- a small bouncy rubber ball.
But Jared Hickey, 8, thinks improvements can be made.
The game also meets the standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education that provides guidelines for teachers across the country to follow.
Neil F. Williams, professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Eastern Connecticut State University said: