Physical Education - Learning To Move!
I believe that physical education is an essential part of a child’s learning experience. It is where children participate in experiences that set them on the never ending pursuit of physical literacy. The learning experiences they have help them develop the knowledge, understandings, skills, motivation and commitment to include and value the role physical activity plays in all aspects of their health and well-being. As a former Kindergarten students communicated to her mother one day, "Mom... Phys. Ed. is where I learn about my physical self."
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. They were created and added to between the years 2006 and 2018.
This Physical Educator's Goals
- 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 learning to use feedback to make changes and improve performance.
- Help students further develop the helpful habits & 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 physical activity and 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 set connecting 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.