Promoting Physical Education in the Classroom
Pervasive Development in Physical Education (PDE) is a key element of the First World Problem-Solving Strategies for Adults, a project of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPR). The APPR is a national, not local, organization that brings together political leaders, journalists and voters to help solve problems. Its “Public Image Research” project found that adults were increasingly concerned about fitness and health, and that they held both Democratic and Republican views on the topic.
The public’s “public image” includes physical activity levels, which may be correlated with voter registration and interest in public programs and policies. Public opinion has changed dramatically over the last two decades, as illustrated by the recent election of Governor Jim Gilmore (D-DE) in Virginia. Gilmore had previously served as chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Although he enjoyed a 22% approval rating, many of his constituents went to Gilmore because they wanted a more progressive view on education. Some stayed away, worried about his ties to the corporate wing of the Republican Party.
Gilmore’s campaign focused on raising money and promoting his own agenda, rather than on improving public education. His administration released multiple reports and task forces on the topic, but failed to implement any major policy initiatives. A virtual PE resources project team was then assembled to design and deliver a series of lesson plans and activities on PEA based on the lesson plans developed by the campaign.
The lesson plan approach was designed to teach principals and staff how to change the focus of PEA towards problem solving. The lesson plans developed within the program promoted a clear and concise focus on lesson objectives, student performance, student growth goals and P.E. successes. These objectives would include reducing class time devoted to texting, researching and using the computer. It also promoted an increased focus on physical activity.
In this day and age, most kids spend a surprisingly large amount of their time sitting in front of a computer screen. Many of them seem to find their entire existence inside of a P.E. classroom dull and boring. A lesson plan that focuses on physical activity and provides a fun and interesting alternative to sitting in front of a computer screen may be just the ticket to break the trend and get kids to really enjoy spending time in a physical education class.
The problem with trying to implement a P.E. curriculum from scratch is that it can be difficult to develop a cohesive plan that not only covers all the different learning stages but also motivates teachers to use the curriculum to its fullest effect. The information on this site is intended to be used for reference and as a guide to educators looking to create a P.E. curriculum using proven techniques that work with kids from all different ages and interests.