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Physical Education

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop physical fitness and health.

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  • How to Keep Physical Education Fun and Safe for Elementary Students

    A few inexpensive items and strict rules about Covid-19 protocols can allow schools to give students proper PE whether they’re in hybrid or remote learning.
    Anya Eckhardt
  • Making PE More Enjoyable for Students With Physical Disabilities

    For many of these students, physical education activities can be difficult. Personalized stories that cast them as their favorite hero may motivate them to persevere.
  • Building a Whole Child Wellness Team

    Strategies for combining physical, nutritional, and mental health goals in the early grades to improve student engagement and productivity.
  • A teacher and students in starting position to sprint

    5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving

    Use these games to engage even the students who don’t usually like to run.
  • The Social and Academic Benefits of Team Sports

    Team sports are about so much more than their physical benefits. This is especially so when group sports activities are incorporated into a young person’s life.
  • Building School Community Through Physical Activity

    Physical activity provides an opportunity to build character, use teamwork, and foster a sense of belonging in schools.
  • SEL Skill Development During Recess and PE

    Focus, emotion regulation, and goal setting are social and emotional learning skills that teachers can address during recess and PE.
  • Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

    Incorporating exercise and movement throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more focused on learning.
  • Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter

    Start class with improv exercises to get students laughing together, demonstrate the rewards of risk-taking and failure, and model a listening, supportive environment.
  • Good News for Teachers: Exercise Builds Brain Power, Too

    Strength training, regular exercise, better rest, and enjoying all of this activity makes you fit, alert, and positive for the physically demanding job of teaching.
  • Kinesthetic Learning: Moving Toward a New Model for Education

    Kinesthetic learning, especially for middle school girls, connects the act of acquiring knowledge with physical movement, breaking through the barriers of self-image and perceived limitations.
  • Using Athletics to Teach Social and Emotional Skills

    Sports can be a powerful way for young people to build self-regulation skills, set goals, and develop confidence—and physical activity develops brain architecture.
  • Tough Mudder Goes to the Gym

    Engage all students in gym by updating the old familiar obstacle course. Plus, you can include discussions on growth mindset.
  • National Nutrition Month: Best Web Resources for Teachers

    Explore some of the best teaching resources for National Nutrition Month in March.

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