Here’s an interesting way to promote physical education.
Submitted by Kurt Weinberg, Bismarck, North Dakota. Grades K-5.
Each of the elementary Physical Education teachers in our school district uses a public relations brochure to promote Physical Education. The brochure was developed by a team of Physical Educators and is used at conferences, Open House, and other times throughout the school year. The tri-fold brochure is made from a single sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Here are three examples of items that are printed on the brochure:
#1 – What Do We Do In Physical Education?
For Grades 1-3: Students in grades 1-3 work on a variety of skills designed to help improve eye-hand coordination, balance, locomotor skills, physical fitness, and overall coordination. Activities presented include movement education, stations, games, obstacle courses, climbing, balance tasks, rhythms, and stunts/tumbling.
The types of equipment students will use at this level include: bean bags, balance beams, nerf balls of various sizes, scoops, paddles, hoops, rings, scarves, lummi sticks, tumbling mats, balloons, parachute, scooters, and a variety of other equipment adapted to this age student.
For Grades 4-6: Students in grades 4-6 receive physical education three times per week, 30 minutes each class. Students in these grades begin working in small and large groups while learning lead-up games, catching, throwing, and kicking skills, fitness activities, jump rope, tag games, and cooperative activities. Physical fitness testing is incorporated at this level, and will include the five health-related components of fitness: flexibility, upper body strength, cardiovascular endurance, agility, and stomach muscle strength and endurance.
The primary goals of physical education at this level is to provide experiences that improve fitness levels, and for students to learn skills that enable them to be successful at lifelong activity.
#2 – Physical Education Is For All Students
P – Physical fitness
H- Health for life
Y- Your child is important to me
S- Social skills are developed
I- Inspired to learn
C- Child-centered program
A- All children are special
L- Love to move
E – Exercise every day
D – Developmentally appropriate lessons
U – Understanding self and others
C – Cooperation is a key
A – All children are successful
T – Take the opportunity to grow and learn
I – Independent workers
O – On the road to success
N – Never quit!!
Physical Education Program Goals:
The goals of the Physical Education program help each of our students to:
1. Demonstrate an acceptable level of physical fitness.
2. Demonstrate an appreciation of regular physical activity and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities.
4. Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of scientific principles, rules, and strategies related to physical activities.
5. Demonstrate a positive self-concept, appropriate social and emotional behaviors, and an appreciation for individual differences through physical activity.
Other Information: The brochure listed the names, schools, and phone numbers of the elementary Physical Education staff responsible for Bismarck’s 16 elementary schools. Additional information (grading, proper attire, medical excuses) was also addressed in each brochure. We have found this to be a great public relations tool!