November 25, 2020
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Quality Sport Coaching: The Role of the National Standards for Sport Coaches
The November/December issue of Strategies includes a feature series designed to provide coaches with examples of how to integrate the National Standards for Sport Coaches within a coaching practice.
The intent of each article is to use vignettes, coach stories, and practical examples to help coaches see how they could align their own coaching practice with the national coaching standards, as well as provide resources for coaches wanting to further develop their coaching. READ MORE
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Free Webinar: Demystifying the Teacher of the Year Application Process
If you have ever thought about applying for a Teacher of the Year award, this webinar is for you! Join us on Wednesday, December 9 at 4 p.m. ET to learn about the benefits of being a SHAPE America Teacher of the Year — as well as the ins and outs of applying for this prestigious award. SHAPE America Teacher of the Year program managers, Teacher of the Year alumni, and Teacher of the Year Partners will be available to answer any questions. REGISTER NOW
The M.A.Ed. in Physical Education Master Teacher is an online graduate program designed to help K-12 physical education teachers enhance their instructional effectiveness. Students can choose from emphases in pedagogy or special populations to help enhance their physical fitness classroom.
Free Access Article — School Staff’s Perspectives on the Adoption of Elementary School Physical Activity Approaches: A Qualitative Study
Elementary schools play an important role in children’s physical activity, and the adoption of comprehensive school-based approaches, including before, during, and after-school physical activity opportunities, can help students meet recommendations and improve their health. Additionally, urban school children may have fewer opportunities for physical activity than rural school children (e.g., recess). This article from the November/December issue of the American Journal of Health Education examines factors affecting the adoption of physical activity approaches in schools from urban districts. READ MORE
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UnLock Research: Twitter as a Professional Development Platform Among U.S. Physical Education Teachers
In recent years, physical educators have been using Twitter as a way to connect, learn, discuss, and share ideas with others. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand why and how U.S. physical educators use Twitter as continuing professional development. From semi-structured interviews with physical education teachers who participated in the study, four themes emerged. READ MORE
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Join Your Peers on the EDI Roundtable Advisory Team
In April 2021, SHAPE America will host a virtual roundtable discussion to address the lack of diversity in the field of health and physical education. If you have experience fostering equity and diversity, please consider applying to serve on the EDI Roundtable Advisory Team to help plan and facilitate an impactful session! We are seeking applicants with diverse experiences and perspectives. Learn more and apply by December 4.
News Around the Nation
PE Teacher Uses Ingenuity to Encourage Activity
A physical education teacher at Pumpkin Center Primary School used a little bit of ingenuity to help his students to stay active. Logan Spake created videos to show students and parents how to use basic household items such as a napkin, a paper plate, old socks, an empty milk jug, old T-shirts, or a plastic grocery bag to create and assemble physical education personal packets to be used at home or during a physical education class at school. READ MORE
Coronavirus Pause Causes Concerns of Mental Toll on High School Athletes
When the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced an order last week to shut down high school sports, the first thought for many coaches and athletic directors was not the games lost or the championship opportunities that may never come. Instead, their thoughts went straight to the mental health of the athletes who once again this year saw their lives turned upside down amid a global pandemic. READ MORE
Loneliness in Youth Could Impact Mental Health Over the Long Term
The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated widespread social isolation, affecting all ages of global society. A new rapid review in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) reports on the available evidence about children and young people specifically, stating that loneliness is associated with mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. READ MORE
COVID-19 on the Playing Field: Are We Doing Enough to Stop Potential Spread?
Many states including Illinois and Minnesota are hitting pause on youth sports as hundreds of COVID-19 outbreaks are being directly linked to games and tournaments. Here in Central New York, lower-risk fall sports just finished what appears to be an overall healthy, successful season. Section III Athletics Director John Rathbun calls the anything-but-normal high school fall sports season a big victory. READ MORE
Schools Bring Mindfulness to the Classroom to Help Kids in the COVID-19 Crisis
The Hechinger Report
Doug Worthen guided his small class of ninth graders through an exercise designed to focus their attention. On his screen, he saw the students sitting outside or at desks and lounging across their beds as they joined their weekly mindfulness class online. One by one the students clicked off their cameras, each square became a white and gray icon, and Worthen began the meditation. “Notice where your attention is,” he said. READ MORE
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