Table of Contents
Become a Champion for Healthy, Active Schools
– Charity Bryan, Sandra Sims, Donna Dunaway, & Donna Hester
This article describes the Alabama Champions for Healthy, Active Schools (a state-wide wellness initiative for grades K-12 that utilizes the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model) and how this initiative can be put into practice in other states and schools.
The Shoes Make a Difference
– Dennis M. Docheff, Carly Wright & Rachael Chase
SPEAK Out! Day is an annual event in which SHAPE America members converge in Washington, D.C. to meet with representatives and senators to discuss issues related to quality health and physical education. The purpose of this article is to describe SPEAK Out! Day and address a few of its practices and outcomes, as well as the enjoyment and benefits that participants experience by volunteering for this event.
Holicraze Days: Part Deux
– YuChun Chen, Tammy Shilling & Jeanie Rowland
This article is part two of a two-part series aimed at providing elementary physical education teachers with resources, ideas and activities that align with unique holidays throughout the academic year. It includes activities for the months of September through December.
Applying Key Principles of Motor Skill Learning and Assessment to Your Physical Education Program
– Kevin M. Fisher & Rick C. Ferkel
Within the area of motor learning, research has identified key strategies related to practice structure, feedback and assessment of learning that educators can apply at all teaching levels. This article outlines tips and strategies that physical educators may use to improve communication, increase skill retention, and encourage positive experiences with assessment.
Moving Toward Developing Inquiry Skills: Inquiry-Based Learning in Physical Education
– Francis J. Lynott III & Gina L. Bittner
Educational researchers suggest that physical education can provide students with unique opportunities to actively engage in learning and the development of cognitive capacities. Inquiry-based learning is identified as an active, engaging and effective student-centered teaching approach that can be used in the context of physical education. this article identifies, examines and demonstrates how physical educators can effectively use inquiry-based learning to foster motor skills, cognitive skills, and an understanding of the importance of physical education in students’ lives.
THEORY INTO PRACTICE
Techniques to Promote Healthy Self-Regulation in Physical Education
– Duke Biber, Peter Stoepker & Brent Heidorn
This article highlights mental health symptoms, applicable techniques for physical educators, and theory-based management techniques. Strategies that promote effective emotional self-regulation, such as mindfulness, self-talk, and self-compassion, are explained.
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
Health and Physical Education Advocacy Efforts with At-Risk Youth
– Michael S. Mucedola
At-risk youth have specific needs, yet teachers often lack the training or knowledge to help these students succeed. The purpose of this article is to spotlight the successes of one HPE department in an upstate New York alternative public high school in helping at-risk students.
Am I Able? Is It Worth It? Unlocking Children’s Predispositions to Be Physically Active
– Luciana Braga
This article discusses the two main psychological constructs associated with children’s engagement in physical activity and provides physical educators with specific strategies to address these constructs in their lessons.
Developing Effective Coaching Strategies for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a School-Based Multi-Sport Program
– Emma Milanese, Richard McGrath & Alyson Crozier
This article highlights several effective coaching strategies developed through the implementation of a multi-sports program, Supporting Success, for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder in a school setting.