The Physical Education class that I run might look completely different than when you were in school. I place less emphasis on traditional team sports, and more emphasis on fitness and skill development. It is my goal to have the students engaged in moderate to vigorous activity at least 50% of the time they are in my class. The games that you might have grown up with have been modified to have more students be active during the majority of the class. As a teacher I recognize that children are at different developmental levels, with a variety of needs and interests. For this reason in every class I attempt to provide all of the children with teaming experiences that are both beneficial and enjoyable. Each lesson is also adjusted to take into account the wide range of skill and fitness levels that characterizes children in elementary school.
Active Body = Active Mind
Getting children to move helps strengthen and stimulate their brains. This is why so many recent research studies are showing increased fitness equals to increased academic performance. In May, 2013, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences issued the report “Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Education and Physical Activity to School”, which declared that P.E. is as important as math, science, or any other core subject, not only because of its importance to lifelong health and well-being, but also because of the benefits that quality P.E. has on academic performance.
I would like to stress the importance of your child being properly dressed on days they have physical education class. Proper dress, is clothing that the child is able to move around in comfortably and gym shoes. If your child plans on wearing sandals, please make sure to send along a pair of gym shoes and socks they can change into. If proper dress is not worn, your child’s participation could be limited. Which will not only affect their grade, but their health.