Connection to nature is a fundamental aspect of human learning dating back to ancient times. Research shows there is no more effective resource for children to develop physical, social and emotional skills than being exposed to a curriculum in outdoor education. Getting students involved in outdoor activities clearly supports the National Standards for physical education while concurrently teaching students about leadership, decision making, problem solving, and community. This article explores the fundamentals and benefits of such a curriculum and tells the story of how one school has succeeded in making this happen.
Teaching dance in physical education offers many positive benefits in the psychomotor, affective and cognitive domains. This article introduces Korean Fan Dance, which is a traditional form of Korean dance that can be an excellent addition to the physical education curriculum. It can be easily incorporated into and elementary school dance unit as it is easy to teach and learn. Additionally, this article offers a wide range of teaching tips, assessment tools, and Korean fan dance chorography resources.
This article discusses the universal design for learning (UDL) framework as a curriculum development tool and illustrates how it can be implemented in the physical education setting to include children with disabilities. This framework places an emphasis on curriculum development that proactively includes scaffolds for providing modifications for children with varying abilities. This method enables teachers to increase their inclusion efforts.
Research indicates that while students with disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), can be successful in acquiring motor and sport-related skills during physical education, they tend to struggle with generalizing those skills to other settings, which may contribute to students’ low levels of physical activity and sport participation outside of physical education. This article provides physical education teachers with practical generalization programming interventions for students with ASD.
Online physical education (OLPE) presents a unique set of challenges in translating traditional face-to-face courses to a digital space. It has been met with skepticism given the inherent difficulty in conceptualizing the effective instruction and assessment of physical activity in an online setting. With further growth in OLPE expected, it is critical that physical educators who are providing these learning experiences develop proficiency in online pedagogy and the use of supporting technologies. This article describes the functionality of innovative technologies for use in OLPE, including recommendations for their integration into professional practice.
A high school student filed suit after being struck in the nose with a hockey stick swung by a classmate during physical education class. The court’s decision reinforces the public policy supporting participation in physical activity.
This article describes a developmentally appropriate strength-building intervention for elementary-age children that is designed around fundamental integrative training (FIT) with an emphasis on creativity and fun.
This article provides a practical example of interdisciplinary collaboration for applying the SEM to other subject matters, in this case math.
While educators can continue to advocate for quality health and physical education at all levels, this article presents six steps for how they can also leverage their influence on the wellness decisions being made in schools, communities and organizations.
In this article, the author challenges those at the K-12 level to partner with fellow local and statewide college members to assist in the process to ensure future professionals get to the SHAPE America national convention.
Current research demonstrates that most general physical education teachers do not feel adequately prepared to teach children with disabilities due to a lack of training. Most physical education teacher education (PETE) programs only require one introductory course on adapted physical education. This article makes the case that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a model that all educators should consider adopting in their classes.