Integrate Classroom Physical Activity in Schools
– Brittany H. Chen, Shannon Michael, Bridget Borgogna, Kate Holmes, Kelly Hughes, Lina Jew, & Mary Juergens
The purpose of this article is to explain the health and academic benefits of classroom physical activity, describe strategies and resources to help schools integrate classroom physical activity throughout the school day, and highlight the possible role of physical educators in supporting the implementation of classroom physical activity strategies. Throughout, there will be quotes and practical ideas from state and local practitioners across the country who support and implement classroom physical activity.
Moving Green, Going Green – An Interdisciplinary Creative Dance Experience
— Frances E. Cleland Donnelly & Vicki Faden Millar
Creative dance is an engaging and empowering educational medium. It provides children with a comfortable, noncompetitive arena where they can explore, discover and share what they think and feel in the purest of bodily expression. This article highlights a standards-based creative dance lesson designed to educate elementary students in grades 3 through 5 about the environmentally responsible activity of repurposing. Key to this manuscript is the implementation of the movement framework—the foundation of creative dance.
A Knowledge Packet for Teaching Badminton to Upper Elementary Students
— Emi Tsuda & Phillip Ward
Badminton is a popular sport that can be played across the lifespan. This article introduces a knowledge packet for teaching badminton to upper elementary students. The knowledge packet consists of a content map, task descriptions, and an assessment. The content map illustrates progressions and sequences of tasks. The descriptions of the tasks, equipment, cues and expected student errors are illustrated in the task description element. The introduced assessment can be used both formatively and summatively.
Applying Key Principles of Performance Psychology to Enhance Physical Education and Sport Programs
— Kevin Fisher
Physical educators and coaches serve essential educational functions, including promoting higher levels of physical activity, increasing understanding of culturally-appropriate sport skills and games, and providing a foundation for lifelong fitness. Although movement principles are often emphasized in sport or physical activity contexts, tenets from the related field of performance psychology can supplement and facilitate student growth and learning. Important areas to consider include communication, attention, mindset, and mental skills such as goal-setting or imagery. This article outlines tips and strategies to enhance feedback delivery, increase motivation, and improve skill retention through the understanding and incorporation of psychological principles that influence motor learning and performance.
Playing on the same team: Collaboration between teachers and educational assistants on the same page for inclusive physical education
— Hayley Morrison & Douglas Gleddie
Together, teachers and educational assistants have an opportunity to ensure physical education (PE) is inclusive, accessible and meaningful to all students. This article discusses collaboration for teaching inclusive PE (IPE), where students with disabilities participate within the context of the general PE environment with their peers. With the diversity in practitioners’ backgrounds, school contexts, and student populations, it can be difficult for them to ‘get on the same page’ and work together. This article highlights a process for collaboration and suggests tasks for teachers and educational assistants to achieve a collaborative approach to teaching and planning for IPE.
Raymond A. Weiss: World War II Veteran, Professional Leader, Lifelong Learner, and Philanthropist
— Bradley J. Cardinal
THE LAW AND YOU:
Recent Rulings from the Courts Affecting HPERD Professionals: Was it Ready for the Marketplace?
— Tonya L. Sawyer
Discus bowling: A lead-up activity to teaching field events to elementary age children
— Ruben A. Arroyo & Francis M. Kozub
Teachers interested in providing new activities in an elementary curriculum balance two important issues and these are relevant to introducing the discuss in the bowling activity described later. First, how to make the activity safe to beginners and second how to provide a developmentally appropriate option that captures the interest of children. The purpose of the discus game described in this article is to use a modified version of bowling to stir the interest levels of elementary age children.
Facilitating Physical Activity with Individuals with Marfan Syndrome
— Lacie M. Webb & Colin G. Pennington
Individuals with Marfan syndrome possibly unknowingly participate in certain physical activities and sports, putting themselves at risk for aortic dissection. However, with appropriate diagnosis and treatment, an individual with Marfan syndrome can expect to live a long life. This article will present guidelines for physical activity and exercise for young individuals with Marfan syndrome.
Supporting Literacy Development through Movement
— Mara Manson & Alisa R. James
The purpose of this article is to provide a rationale to encourage physical educators to rethink supporting literacy development in their classrooms.
The “Goods of Sport” and Physical Education
— Tyler G. Johnson
The purpose of this editorial is to briefly examine why people are interested in sport using ideas from the philosophy of sport and to propose recommendations for utilizing sport effectively in physical education programs.