Quality Physical Education
Quality physical education is based on national and state standards that define what a physically literate person should know and be able to do. Student learning outcomes and benchmarks are based on these standards and serve as curricular guidelines for each grade level.
- The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
- The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
- The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
- The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
- The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
"With heightened attention on childhood obesity prevention efforts, there seems to be some confusion between the terms 'physical education' and 'physical activity.' Often the words are used interchangeably but they differ in important ways. Understanding the difference between the two is critical to understanding why both contribute to the development of healthy, active children. SHAPE America believes every child in the United States deserves both a quality physical education and physical activity program" (SHAPE America). Read this article for more information.
K-12 ROAD MAP FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION
The Diamond Conceptual Framework helps illustrate the progression of skills and concepts taught in physical education, which are guided by national and state standards and research on physical activity and physical education. While we believe this is a useful framework, we acknowledge that there are other philosophies that can also achieve quality physical education.
RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING A PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Evaluating a physical education program is important for teachers, administrators, and parents. By assessing the quality of your program, you can identify areas that are in need of improvement and make the necessary changes, as well as recognize and reward good practices. In an effort to help parents and administrators at all levels determine if a physical education program meets nationally recognized standards for high quality, we have provided links to various evaluation resources.
negative student experiences in physical education
Check out this Youtube playlist with student-uploaded videos on why they hate physical education. What can we learn from these students? How can we address their issues?
This tweet thread has a lot of anecdotes regarding negative experiences in physical education. What can we learn from this and how can we improve?
- Most People Hate PE and Most Drop Out of Physical Activity In Search of Credible Curriculum Alternatives
- My Best Memory Is When I Was Done with It: PE Memories Are Associated with Adult Sedentary Behavior
- Negative Experiences in PE and Sport: How Much Do They Affect Physical Activity Participation Later in Life?
- Negative Experiences in Physical Education Class and Avoidance of Exercise
- When Physical Activity Participation Promotes Inactivity
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