The NEW Physical Education

Kappan Magazine recently published an intriguing article about the new P.E.  With all our encroachment on time allotted for physical education to help make more time for teaching Reading, Writing, etc., it seems that we should also think about how every teacher can help to develop a physically educated child.  Every way we can teach “across the curriculum” can help to accelerate and reinforce the work in all subject areas.
For all you non-P.E. oriented educators, you might want to know the national standards for Physical Education.  Here they are:
A physically educated person:
  • Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.
  • Participates regularly in physical activity.
  • Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
  • Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
  • Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
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