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Florida teaches kids better sportsmanship.

In response to recent incidents of poor sportsmanship, Florida education leaders and the interactive publisher Learning Through Sports are teaming up to teach third- through fifth-grade students in Florida how to play nicer.

The STAR Sportsmanship title, created by Learning Through Sports, is a computer-based program that uses role playing and includes motivational messages by celebrity athletes to reinforce the four pillars of sportsmanship: Stop, Think, Act and Replay.

"The desired outcome isn't just to teach children guidelines but to make learning visible and to teach them how to think like a good sport, which goes across all avenues of life, including at home, in the classroom, and in the sports arena," says Brian Shulman, CEO of Learning Through Sports. The program started at the elementary level this fall, and the company aims to collaborate with educators to design versions for middle and high school students and coaches. "The kids that need this the most are hard to reach, reluctant learners, and a lot of them love sports," Shulman adds. "It's about talking to them."

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Title Annotation:Curriculum Update
Author:Griffin, Andrea
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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