How to Encourage Physical Literacy in Young Children

November 29th, 2016

Parents and educators both have a vested interest in children’s literacy. One form of literacy that has become increasingly important as childhood obesity rates have climbed is physical literacy. Physical literacy is the mastering of essential movement skills and object control skills that permit a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions. By […]

3 Thanksgiving Themed Games to Play With Your Family

November 17th, 2016

Like most holidays, Thanksgiving is synonymous with gorging on scrumptious food. That can be great for your tastebuds, but not so nice for your physical health and well being. The American Council on Exercise estimates that the average Thanksgiving meal — complete with turkey, gravy, side dishes, and dessert — is around 3,000 calories and 229 […]

The Benefits of Physical Education for Children with Special Needs

November 15th, 2016

Exercise can provide significant benefits for children in all of the developmental stages of life. It only makes sense, then, that regular participation in physical education classes would also promote positive advancements in students with special needs. Research has shown that physical education programs can do a great deal to improve the lifestyle of children […]

The Benefits of Phys Ed for Students with ADHD

November 10th, 2016

The positive effects of physical education are well-documented, but daily exercise is especially beneficial for those students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). 11% of all American children between ages 4 and 17 have ADHD, with that number projected to rise steadily each coming year. Children are usually diagnosed at the age of 7, the […]

5 Steps for Parents to Advocate for Better Physical Education

November 9th, 2016

With such a push to improve academic test scores, many schools are failing to support physical education and physical activity (PA). So, what can you, as a parent, do to urge schools to increase both the quantity and the quality of physical education? Be an advocate!

The Benefits of Teaching with Stations

November 8th, 2016

There are many struggles that come with being a physical education teacher. Luckily, there are techniques and solutions to minimize some of the stress. One solution to managing your students and boosting their engagement is to teach with stations. This is a teaching method where you create three or more activities for the period. Divide […]

Adapted Physical Activities for Recess

November 3rd, 2016

Recess can be the most fun part of a child’s school day, and it’s important for any planned activities to be inclusive for all students. That’s where adapted physical activities come in. These are activities that have been changed in one way or another to accommodate students who have sensory, motor and/or intellectual disabilities. The […]

Speak Up for Active Latino Kids!

November 2nd, 2016

Latino kids and teens don’t get enough physical activity, which is critical for a healthy weight and proper physical and mental growth and development. But you have an opportunity to speak up for active kids!

10 Traits of Great PE Teachers

November 1st, 2016

Any aspiring Physical Education teacher has to have certain traits to be successful. PE teachers have to be good in the classroom, but they also have to be able to work with parents and other educators. Good PE teachers need to have a range of skills beyond knowing sports, including interpersonal skills, creativity, and more. […]

Including Children with Special Needs Physical Education Plans

October 27th, 2016

With physical education programs being reduced across the U.S., the crunch on activity in school is felt even more acutely by children with special needs. Research shows that students with disabilities receive 4.5 times less physical activity than their non disabled peers. And when they are in physical education class, children with special needs are […]