Learning to Move in Physical Education
These pages are intended for physical educators interested in applying brain compatible learning principles as they plan learning experiences to help their students on their journey of becoming physically literate for healthy, happy & active lives.
I believe that what we do in physical education programs is an essential part of a child’s learning experience. Physical Education is where children participate in experiences that will help them develop as physically literate individuals. Physical literacy is a never-ending pursuit for people of all ages. It involves developing the knowledge, understandings, and skills that help individuals build the personal motivation and commitment to include and value the role physical activity plays in physical, social, emotional, and intellectual health and well-being.
My Goals as a Physical Educator
- Provide students with learning experiences that will help them build confidence and competence as skillful movers in in a wide variety of physical activities.
- Help students discover the role personal physical activity and fitness choices play in their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual health.
- Help students develop the ability to tackle any new learning situation by remaining open to “giving it a try,” then using feedback to make changes and improve performance.
- Help students further develop the character strengths necessary to be positive, resilient, assertive, independent and collaborative lifelong learners.
- Help students become individuals who can't imagine living a life without active pursuits.
I have attempted to meet my goals by devoting time to thoughtfully and purposefully planning developmentally appropriate physical education experiences for my students using a backwards design model of curriculum development to connect threads, build units and crafting lessons. Planning to use class time at each grade level in the most efficient manor while teaching the way the brain and body learn drives my decision-making. At one time or another during my 31 years of teaching I have used all of the ideas/methods included in the pages in this section. I hope you find them useful as you plan your physical education classes. Start exploring these resources and think about how you build the physical education experience for your students.