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The Health and Physical Education Web site for Teachers/PE Central

The Health and Physical Education Web site for Teachers/PE Central
Welcome to the premier site for health & physical education teachers, parents and students. Our goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children. To motivate children, we offer our innovative Log It Program and the popular Cooperative Fitness & Skills Challenges. We have over 2200 published lesson ideas, best practices and assessments. Our site is guided by 125 Managing Editors and Advisory Board Members who have over 2300 years K-12 physical education teaching experience. We hope you share your ideas with us!

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Understanding Inquiry in Health and Physical Education What is Inquiry-Based Learning “Inquiry-based learning is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulating questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge. That knowledge is new to the students and may be used to answer a question, to develop a solution or to support a position or point of view. The knowledge is usually presented to others and may result in some sort of action." 1 Central to the Inquiry-based learning approach are the following key concepts:

10 Exciting Apps To Enhance Physical Education The following is a guest article from Vanessa Burke. In her words: “Ever since I was knee-high, I’ve been incessantly talking and communicating with anyone who would even begin to listen to me. I guess not a lot has changed!” Feel free to encourage Vanessa to start using Twitter more by following her @BurkeVanessa. PEC: Lesson Plans for Physical Education We begin our Olympic Field Day by going through the same procedures that Olympic athletes do. We begin with the Parade of "Athletes" (all students in the classes) who come down to the gym carrying the flag of their "country", while the music "Summon the Heroes" plays. The rest of the opening ceremony is: Students then follow their teachers to their assigned events. The events we typically have the students involved in are: Hurdles (foam) Olympic Torch relay (complete with toga and torch) Discus Throw (Regular Frisbee throw for distance) Shot Put (16" softball for distance) Basketball (count how many baskets (you set the distances) the class can make in your time limit) Olympic Rings (time how long it takes the class to pass 5 hoops down their class line of joined hands) Travel to Sydney (scooter relay simulating boats) 50 Yard Dash (time class how long it takes all to complete)

PE 'Cinderella subject' for too long, says report Image copyright Thinkstock The status of physical education in schools needs a "radical shake-up" and it should be valued in the same way as core academics subjects, a report says. A study by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood says PE has for too long been the "Cinderella subject" in UK schools. The group recommends a personalised PE programme for each individual child. It says PE is key to developing a life-long passion for physical activity and to reducing levels of obesity. The APPG study says PE for the 21st Century should reflect the many ways children can express themselves physically and should move away from "skill drill lessons".

Physical Education (PE) Apps for Teachers Today, more and more teachers are looking for ways to integrate their smart phones and iPads (and other tablets) with their physical education and health courses. Below is a list of apps that we’ve found helpful for Physical Educators. Click Here to view a recording of our webinar, Apps for PE Teachers: “Don’t be a Sap, Know Your Apps!”. The webinar goes into more detail of how each app can be used in the classroom to engage students and maximize outcomes.

2016 Shape of the Nation: At the Heart of Physical Education is Kids’ Health Dallas, Texas –Students across the nation would benefit from strong state requirements for physical education. However, 2016 Shape of the Nation™, released today by SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shows most states are dropping the ball on keeping kids active and fit and preparing them for a healthy future. First compiled nearly 30 years ago, the latest status of physical education in this country was released today in Minneapolis, MN, at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, the largest gathering of physical educators in the country. “The benefits of physical education ring clear as a school bell,” says Nancy Brown, American Heart Association CEO. “With effective physical education, we can keep kids’ hearts healthy and their minds in gear to do their best at school every day.”

30 Days of Change v4.0 30 Days of Change program is designed to change your exercise habits as well as the way you look and feel - in a month. It is completely 100% equipment free. Different daily programs will ensure that your body doesn’t adapt to the same routine so you’ll see progress a lot sooner than with any other program. Canada releases world’s first 24-hour movement behaviour guidelines : SBRN On June 26 Canada released the Canadian 24 Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. These guidelines call for at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, no more than two hours a day of recreational screen time, limited sitting for extended periods and at least 9-11 hours of sleep per night for children 5-13 years, and 8-10 hours for those aged 14-17 years. They were developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the Conference Board of Canada, HALO-CHEO, ParticipACTION and the Public Health Agency of Canada, with input from research experts and stakeholders across Canada and around the world. The process was informed by 9 peer-reviewed publications, all available for free via the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.

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