Elementary School

It’s Not What You Teach – But How You teach It – PHE America – Health Education Article

Jason, 16, a gifted athlete and an accomplished youth basketball player scans the court.  Three blue practice jerseys highlight his teammates. They are spaced about the half-court with the letters USA in white across their chests.  Each talented.  Each player is elite.  Jason is playing with the best young basketball talent in the United States as a member of the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team. The basketball, moist with perspiration, rests – held captive in Jason’s hands. Tanner, one…

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Healthy Choices to Starting the School Day – PHE America – Health Education Article

Student lives are packed with school, homework, entertainment, social media and much more. This leaves little time for healthy eating and exercising. Understanding how to fit healthy meals and exercise into busy school days affects the ability of our students to meet the high demands of a busy life while simultaneously maintaining short and long-term health. Physical activity, good nutrition, and a healthy mind set, build the foundation for a well-rounded childhood. Questions about whether or not to eat breakfast,…

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Teaching Students to Overcome Obstacles…Literally! – PHE America – Health Education Article

I’m always looking for fun ways to motivate my students to develop their athleticism. I’m constantly searching for creative ways to have the students work on setting goals and mapping out plans to achieve them. I want to teach my students how to overcome obstacles and not give up. And I’ve discovered I can literally do just that with a physical education inspired version of TV’s American Ninja Warrior course! TV shows such as Wipe-Out, American Ninja Warrior, Ninja Warrior Junior & Titanare…

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2019 National PE & School Sport Institute News – PHE America – Health Education Article

FROM THE FOUNDER: First of all, I would like to thank the thousands of K-12 physical education teachers who have attended the institute in the past. Our upcoming gathering is expected to be the “Place To Be” for 500+ physical education leaders and experts from over 37 different states and 11 different countries. I also want to mention that we have decided to “close our doors” after 2020. In other words, this year (2019) and next year (2020) will be the last two…

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Time to Get on the Bus to Legitimacy and Credibility – PHE America – Health Education Article

(Publisher’s Note: This article is based on a presentation made by the author as part of the 50 Million Strong by 2029 Forum held at the 2017 SHAPE America National Convention.) In 2015, SHAPE America unveiled something new entitled 50 Million Strong by 2029 (50MS) at its Seattle National Convention.  Immediately, people asked, “What exactly is this 50MS?” I’ve heard it described differently:  A program, a curriculum, an initiative.  Some disparigingly described it as just another one of SHAPE America’s gimmicks, or the dumbing down of physical…

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The Many Challenges Facing 50 Million Strong by 2029 – PHE America – Health Education Article

(Publisher’s Note: This article is based on a presentation made by the author as part of the 50 Million Strong by 2029 Forum held at the 2017 SHAPE America National Convention.)  The physical education profession has faced numerous challenges in recent decades. A few of these challenges include declining contact days and hours in K-12 health and physical education, declining membership within the national and state organizations, and a declining professional reputation due to inappropriate teaching.  Given the current state of our profession, what…

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