John's Journal... Entry 148, Day 1
Teach Youngsters Fishing, A Lifetime Sport - Here's How It Works
Teaching The Joys of Fishing
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mountain Brook Junior High Physical Education Teacher John Phillips from Birmingham, Alabama, coaches basketball, cross-country and track and field. Phillips realizes that not all children enjoy traditional school sports. So, with the help of the Fisheries Section of Alabama's Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, he implemented a fishing curriculum to show his students they can participate in other sports and enjoy them for their lifetimes.
QUESTION: John, why did you decide to teach fishing
at Mountain Brook Junior High?
How did you come up with the curriculum?
DOUG DARR, the aquatic education coordinator for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries: The program, started by the American Sport Fishing Association, has been around since 1991 and helps people understand more about aquatic habitats, fish and fishing.
QUESTION: Did the Division provide the entire
DOUG DAR: The topics in the course range from a basic understanding of water, pollution, aspects of fish (how and where they live and what they eat), and boat safety, as well as caring for your catch, fishing from a boat or shore and ethics.
What kind of response did you get from the kids?
To learn more about the Alabama Fishing and Wildlife Curriculum, call Doug Darr in Montgomery, Alabama, at (334) 242 -3884, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write 64 N. Union St., Montgomery, AL 36130. You also can visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's Web site at www.dcnr.state.al.us. To learn the particulars about setting up the curriculum, contact John Phillips at Mountain Brook Jr. High (205) 871-3516, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
TOMORROW: AN OVERVIEW OF FISHING