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This is an article about the amount of physical activity in today’s PE Classes
P.E. & Health
5, 4, 3, 2
By – Renee Dye
Subject – Physical Education
Grade Level – 2-5
My article addresses the amount of time schoolchildren spend in physical activity during physical education classes concerns many teachers and researchers. The potential impact of school physical education programs on health promotion and physical fitness is widely recognized. In controlled studies, quantity and quality of school physical education programs have a significant positive impact on the health-related fitness of children and youth.
Leading researchers are beginning to question the American college of Sports medicine’s long-standing recommendation of at least 20 minutes of exercise at 60% of maximum heart rate for at least three days per week, suggesting instead that any daily exercise at a moderate intensity level might be sufficient. For fitness development to become a vital component of physical education program, daily lessons must include activities designed specifically to increase the amount of time students are engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity. They believe the cardiovascular workouts students receive from game play are as effective as those they receive from specifically designed fitness activities.
With fitness integration in mind, a seven-phase plan has been implemented which will include preclass activity, fitness lecture, skill development, integration game activity, and traditional game play. The amount of time a teacher allots for each lesson phase will depend on factors such as the length of each class. The preclass activity will consist of a planned activity for students who arrive early to class. The fitness lecture will teach the main objective of physical education. The skill development phase of a lesson consist of a series of tasks that progress from simple to complex and a series of drills that enable students to grasp how the skill should be performed. Although teachers cannot control or change facilities, equipment, or the number of students’ inclass, they can increase the number of students performing a drill by adding stations, balls, baskets, or playing fields. A football drill would be ideal. The integration game activity is designed to simulate actually games. Football once again would be the idea drill to perform. Traditional game play helps students understand and appreciate the official rules of the various games they play, many physical educators adhere too strictly to official game rules and limit the number of students who can actively participate.
I agree and disagree; I feel children do need physical education more than one time a week. At the same time they need it from trained physical education teachers, not classroom teachers. But our society feels physical education is unnecessary.
The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, March 1996
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