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Physical Education

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Room to Move: Shared Use Creates Opportunities for Physical Activity

Partnering with local government, schools can create safe community spaces where children enjoy outdoor physical activity. Here are five steps to make that a reality.



To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess

Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks, presents research about the SEL benefits of school recess, and offers five steps toward improving school climate by improving what happens on the playground.

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After the Cheering Stops

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips shares the sad story of a brilliant young athlete and urges us to raise the bar in preparing our teenage sports stars for their true glory days: the rest of their lives.

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Using Technology to Teach Health and Wellness

Blogger Mary Beth Hertz offers a selection of websites, games and apps that can help teach students about health and wellness.

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Telling Isn't Teaching: The Fine Art of Coaching

Blogger Richard L. Curwin compares coaching to teaching, and describes the benefits of modeling and repetitive practice over simply telling a student what to do.

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Reflecting on Video Games, Learning and Nutrition

Activist principal Pam Howard talks about the successful nutritional outcome of health-focused gaming software.

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Game-Based Learning Units for the Everyday Teacher

A game-based unit includes structures, themes, and mechanisms for trial and error.

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National Parks: Project-Based Learning in Our Most Important Places

Some examples of rich and rewarding learning opportunities offered in our national parks.

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Shared Mindfulness: Building Supportive Relationships in the Classroom

By pairing students to sit back to back and focus on their breathing, you can help them develop a sense of mutuality and social awareness.

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Mixed-Ability Dance: Helping Students With Special Needs Grow and Learn

Dance-company founder Karen Peterson shares the inspiring benefits of inclusive dance education for students with disabilities.

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Fit Lit: How Movement Impacts Learning
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Fit Lit: How Movement Impacts Learning

Students at Casey Middle learn more (and feel good about it) in a combined language arts/fitness class that boosts their cognition with aerobic and anaerobic activities.

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How to Become a Socially Inclusive School

Dr. Maurice Elias offers up eight suggestions for creating a school that is more socially inclusive of special education students.

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Studies Emphasize the Importance of Childhood Play

Many would agree that play is important for the health and development of children, but just how critical is it? Blogger Suzie Boss explores several research studies that delve into the question.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: The Science of Sports

Sports offers a perfect opportunity to explore concepts like force, motion, potential energy, velocity, and torque. Engage your students with this collection of videos about the intersection of science and sports.

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Moving Forward: It's Time to Rethink Physical Education

Students and teachers of all grade levels need to be more active.

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