What is Physical Education

What is Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) is an educational class that is taught through physical activity, movement exploration, and with quizzes to check for understanding. PE starts in pre-K and continues through-out ones educational years. Physical education teaches students' their gross motor skills which are divided into two subsets; object control and locomotor skills. Locomotor and object control skills serve as the foundation for learning more difficult tasks as a child develops, therefore children must be taught from Pre-K through high school and beyond. Both are essential in a child’s physical develop.  Physical education is not recess, it is not play time, physical education creates physically literate individuals who become successful in all aspects of life. 

Each year of development adds another layer of difficulty and if the prior years materials are not learned, children will struggle and possibly shy away from physical activity.

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Physical Education is the only subject which, by the very nature of its content, has the potential to affect how a person will feel every moment of every day for the rest of his or her life"....Allen Russell

What happens in Physical Education Class (PE)?

My goal is to make all PE lessons active and fun while delivering core skills, techniques, strategies, social & emotional wellness (personal skills), physical fitness, cooperative activities along with health education lessons through a variety of activities and game play. As students progress through the curriculum they develop the skills necessary to participate in life long fitness activities that teach socialization, communication, and cooperation with others in order to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Many students become involved in sports teams in middle and high school. Playing on a team or individual sport requires the ability to perform gross motor skills while moving at various speeds, changing directions, and an understanding the importance of using different strategies. Cooperation and communication is essential when participating in individual and team sports. 

My goal is to prepare the students for middle and high school physical education classes, intramural, and interscholastic activities. Students do not have to be star athletes, but they do need to know the basic concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics that are related to movement and performance. Students also need to learn to demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior that respects themselves and others.

Along with being physically active, the students need to value good health, the enjoyment and challenge social interactions bring, and how to express themselves. 

How will students learn?

Learning will take place in a variety of ways. I will teach and demonstrate all skills that are being taught, student demonstrations will also be incorporated, videos of professionals, student videos for self evaluation and understanding of their successes and struggles. Students will work individually, with partners and or groups when learning and practicing their skills. Once students understand the skills needed for different activities, they will play different games to give them real life experiences or hands on practice with the  skills. As students progress through the years, students are given more opportunities to learn through group activities, games, and the students will learn to evaluate each others skills. Self and peer evaluation are  key elements to many PE lessons. Learning through play is another key ingredient to a child's understanding and physical development. Students learn strategies that carry over into everyday life and problem solving skills that are necessary for success.