Middle & High School

Journal Writing in the Weight Room – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) The first objective I set for my weight training classes this year was to establish a routine. One thing that has helped my students and myself get into a great routine was the use of journal writing. The moment they walked into the weight room, we allocate five minutes for journal writing, followed by a warmup and lifting session. Each day I would provide them with a simple prompt, usually regarding motivation or current sporting events. My…

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Transforming School Culture Through SEL in HPE – PHE America – Health Education Article

Research has informed us that schools that embrace the whole child establish a foundation for academic success, improved school attendance, and a decline in disruptive behaviors among students. These gains are made possible with a specific focus on the unique role that quality skills-based health education and physical education play in a school setting. It is a very exciting time in health and physical education. After decades of trying to find our place in the educational landscape as a subject…

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Strong is Beautiful – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) When we think of a high school weight room, we traditionally and stereotypically think of football players utilizing the weight room. In 2016 Hermiston High School (HHS) introduced an all-female athlete lifting class, which started with less than 30 athletes. Fast forward four years, there are now two all-female athlete lifting classes with more than 60 girls. The belief that lifting and being strong was only for the boys quickly changed when Coach Emilee Strot was promoted…

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Lessons from My First Quarter as a PE Teacher – PHE America – Health Education Article

(2 Minute Read) Landing my first job as a physical education teacher was a whirlwind and my first year on the job has been just as hectic. Since beginning my first physical education teacher position in August 2019, I have quickly learned a multitude of lessons in relation to my students and myself.  Here are five lessons I have learned in my first quarter. 1. Establish a positive rapport with your students by immersing yourself in both the school and…

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A Practical Program for Educators – PHE America – Health Education Article

With the rise in obesity and sedentary rates, and subsequent chronic conditions, it seems imperative, now, perhaps more than ever before, that we encourage children and adolescents to be physically active.  But, what if a lack of interest stems from fear of injury? While ACL injuries disproportionately affect female athletes, accounting for 69% of serious knee injuries when compared to their male counterparts (Gomez, DeLee, & Farney, 1996), the latter is certainly not excluded from this injury pathology.  As practitioners,…

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Building a Cardio Room at Your School for Free – PHE America – Health Education Article

(3 Minute Read) For the past four years, I continually had students ask if we could have a class where they could work on cardiovascular conditioning instead of lifting weights.  At our small rural high school in Kansas, we offer Lifetime Conditioning and Sports Conditioning classes.   The classes are very popular, but based on student interest there was an immediate need for a way to teach cardio.  The dilemma we faced was where this cardio room would be in our…

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3 Tips for Generalist-Trained Teachers – PHE America – Health Education Article

(3 Minute Read)Although Physical Education (PE) specialist teachers have acquired in-depth knowledge about teaching PE, this is not so common for generalist-trained teachers (GTs). Even when elementary schools do employ a PE specialist, it is quite common for GTs to teach at least some of the PE classes to their students. Unfortunately, according to related literature, although GTs are certified to teach PE, they may not have acquired the confidence to teach specialized subject knowledge (DeCorby, Halas, Dixon, Wintrup, &…

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Preparing High School Students for a Career in Health – PHE America – Health Education Article

As health professionals, our goal is to educate and help others strive for physical, mental/emotional, social, or environmental health. Between 2016 and 2026 there is an expected 18 percent growth in jobs for healthcare (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). At Hermiston High School (OR) we offer two Health Services Courses (Health Services I and Health Services II) to help high school students build knowledge and prepare for a career in health. Health Sevices Course IA semester course, Health Services I…

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