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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 Schools Are Reframing Gym Class to Be More Engaging

    A series of small shifts can make physical education more welcoming and help reluctant students warm up to the idea of getting and staying active.
    Paige Tutt
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  • The Joy of Pickleball in Elementary School

    Pickleball is an inclusive sport that focuses on strategy and team building and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This makes it perfect for elementary schools!
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • SEL Possibilities in Physical Education

    Physical education teaches relationship-building and self-management skills, making it a natural for social and emotional learning.
    642
  • Setting Up an SEL Program in Physical Education Classes

    Social and emotional learning skills like teamwork and community can be integrated into PE classes in ways that are highly engaging for students.
    618
  • How to Get Kids Moving in Every Subject

    Adding some movement to lessons not only engages and motivates students—research says it helps them recall and retain information. And it’s fun!
    350
  • Building School Community Through Physical Activity

    Physical activity provides an opportunity to build character, use teamwork, and foster a sense of belonging in schools.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    674
  • Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

    Incorporating exercise and movement throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more focused on learning.
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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.
    864
  • 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.
    386
  • 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.
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