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Related:  expanding lessons PE Central: Becoming a Physical Education Teacher We receive many requests from a number of people (including students) who are interested in learning what it takes to become a physical education teacher. We hope the following information, presented in a question and answer format, is helpful to those interested in becoming K-12 Health and Physical Education teachers. If you have further questions send email to What educational background is needed for this career? Typically you need to complete a degree in Health and Physical Education at a 4 year college or university. See below for a few colleges and universities that may offer undergraduate PE Programs. What experience do you need? It is best to have plenty of experience and knowledge about how to perform and teach different physical activities such as rock climbing, rollerblading, tennis, cooperative activities, golf, running, ultimate frisbee, basketball, fitness, aerobics, dance, gymnastics, etc. Lastly, you must truly enjoy being around people and kids. - physical education and coaching information site 15 Fantastic Ways to be a Better PE Teacher: Physical Education Degree According to the The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report, 38 states (74.5%) mandate physical education in elementary, middle, and high school, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and more than half allow exemptions or waivers. Physical education is important, so no matter your state requirements you should achieve to be an engaging PE teacher. Traditionally PE class was survival of the fittest—literally! If children weren’t naturally athletically gifted then they often left class feeling like they had failed in some aspect. It can be challenging for PE teachers to engage students who dislike PE, and some even have a tendency just to pay attention to the children who do enjoy class. 1. One of the best ways to engage your kids, and keep them engaged, is to encourage them! 2. Along with positive reinforcement, create games that everyone can succeed at on some level. 3. 4. You should also not make the point of class to be about extreme competition. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Assessment Without Levels This page will be used to post updates on our successful DfE ‘Assessment Innovation Fund’ project. An outline of our proposed method of assessment without levels (AWL) can be viewed here. Thursday 1st May: DfE announce successful ‘assessment innovation fund’ schools. Link here. Friday 16th May: 3 Assessment Innovators appointed to develop AWL in clusters of foundation subjects: Humanities – Ben CrockettArt & Design – Emma WadePE & Performing Arts – Jack Corbett They will work alongside other subject leaders to form our ‘Assessment Innovation Team’, who will develop the ‘Growth & Thresholds’ (G&T) model. Saturday 17th May: Useful video from Tim Oates on why assessment without levels is needed. Focus on and consolidate key knowledge & skills.Focus assessment on what matters. Tuesday 20th May: Assessment Innovation Team meeting – Planning the new KS3 curriculum and assessment. 1. 2. Download Word version here 3. 4. Download Word Version here 5. Thursday 5th June Date: Tuesday 17th June 2014

Effects of Exercise on Cognitive Creativity Blanchette, David M., Ramocki, Stephen P., O'del, John N., and Casey, Michael S. (2005), Aerobic Exercise and Cognitive Creativity: Immediate and Residual Effects, Creativity Research Journal , 17(2&3), 257-264. Aerobic Exercise and Creative Potential: Immediate and Residual Effects The potential effects of aerobic exercise on creative potential were explored both immediately following moderate aerobic exercise and after a two hour lag. Sixty college students participated in an experiment consisting of three regimens varying the time when a Torrance Test of Creative Thinking was taken in relation to exercise completion. The positive impact of aerobic exercise on physiological functions, particularly cardio-pulmonary processes and structures, has been extensively studied and validated. The relationship between exercise and the physical processes of the human body is relatively well understood. Creativity is a much sought after and encouraged thought process. Participants Procedure Hypotheses

Assessment in the new national curriculum – next steps My original post “Assessment in the new national curriculum – what we’re doing” remains one of the most popular on this blog. Here I will outline how we have refined the model proposed in that post and integrated it with progress tracking, as well as our latest thoughts on assessment without levels and growth mindset. How will we assess in the new national curriculum? I was delighted to hear that Durrington High School had been awarded an assessment innovation fund grant by the DfE. I was even more delighted when Durrington DHT Shaun Allison published his thoughts so far in an excellent blogpost! Teachers identify the key knowledge and skills students need in order to be successful in KS4 and work backwards to decide what this would look like, if students have mastered it in KS3 – the excellence standard. In the Chew Valley version, we will continue to use GCSE grades as the basis for our assessment model. We have not yet decided when we will shift over to 1-9 grades. In summary

Schools get creative with PE while reducing hours For more than a decade, students at elementary schools in the Rockwood School District had 30-minute physical education classes, five days a week. The classes at Babler and Chesterfield elementary schools were so innovative and vigorous that in 2009 the National Association for Sport and Physical Education recognized them with STARS Awards. Only 30 other schools nationwide have received the recognition. Then the Rockwood School Board cut physical education to four days a week last year, so students could take a music class on the fifth day. "They said we are way over the federal minimum (for recommended physical education hours) so we have room to play with," said Eddie Mattison, facilitator of physical education for Rockwood. Such cuts illustrate the balancing act these days between academics and PE, as schools struggle to raise test scores in the face of a growing obesity epidemic. More than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. In Missouri:

The New 2014 PE National Curriculum: Assessment Without Levels - PE Office This autumn, I attended a PE conference where I was both disappointed and saddened by the negativity of the comments from some PE Teachers about the new PE curriculum and the proposed new assessment of pupils without levels. The opposition to the changes was often based on incorrect information or assumptions and it reminded me of one of my mother’s favourite sayings: ‘There are two sides to every story…and then there’s the truth.’ I truly believe in assessing students’ ability in physical education but we all have to accept that level descriptors are no more and embrace the new challenge of assessment without levels. This is the biggest and most fundamental change to the assessment system for physical education in England and it needs to be approached with new ideas and enthusiasm. So, with that in mind, here are the facts about the new PE national curriculum and assessment: 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Don’t forget to sign up for our free monthly email newsletter, PE Monthly.

Free Elementary School (K-6) Physical Education Lesson Plans SPARK Elementary Physical Education (PE) The original SPARK Elementary PE study was funded by the National Institutes of Health to create, implement, and evaluate new and innovative approaches to physical education content and instruction, then test them in “real world” settings. SPARK Elementary PE was designed to be more inclusive, active, and fun than traditional PE classes. Today, after lessons learned from more than 20 years of ongoing research and field testing nationwide, SPARK PE is the most researched and field-tested Physical Education program in the world – a true solution to our growing problem of overweight and obese children. For more information on SPARK Elementary Physical Education, Click Here for K-2 PE and Click Here for 3-6 PE. SPARK Elementary PE Lesson Plans Below is a collection of free SPARK Physical Education lesson plans for elementary students. K-2 PE Instructional Units The 12 instructional units in the SPARK K-2 PE Manual are listed below.

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