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Times have changed and our PE programs must keep pace. For years the main focus of Physical Education was on teaching team sports and concentrating on athletic performance. Lack of relevant curriculum has left PE programs to be viewed as expendable because they have been considered a glorified recess. The technology influences of the 21st century have left us with high tech couch potatoes. Children today are developing adult illness at an alarming rate. School PE programs can be effective in increasing the health and wellness of students through physical activity and education. The New PE promotes an individualized, developmentally appropriate, meaningful curriculum that integrates academic subjects into activities to give students the knowledge needed for a lifetime of wellness.

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  • Times have changed and our Physical Education programs must keep pace. For years the main focus was on teaching team sports and catering to the athletic few. The lack of relevant curriculum has left PE programs to be viewed as expendable. The technological advances of the 21st century have left us with high tech couch potatoes. When this inactivity is combined with a poor diet the impact on a child’s health is devastating. Children today are developing adult illnesses at an alarming rate. If this trend continues, health care professionals predict that this generation’s life expectancy will DECREASE for the first time in HISTORY. An updated school PE program can be effective in increasing the activity level and wellness of its students.
  • The New PE is an updating of the curriculum to focus on these points. Developmentally Appropriate- The activities and content of the New PE is geared toward the physical and mental development level of the children and is differentiated for individual differences.   Academically Enhancing- The New PE encourages the integration of academic subjects into activities.   Individualized – The New PE respects and enhances the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of students.   Meaningful- The New PE teaches students to develop, maintain and self assess fitness and motor skills through a wide variety of physical activities.   Lifelong- The New PE gives students the gifts of fitness and health along with the motor skills they need to experience the joy of lifelong physical activity.
  • Physical Education is an important part of educating the whole child and studies have shown that: Physical activity improves brain function Regular activity can improve school performance Making healthier lifestyle choices a habit means a healthier child now and in the future Physical activity enhances feelings of self esteem and well being Feelings of competence and joy in physical activity lead to MORE physical activity Physical activity helps to reduce anxiety and stress while increasing fitness levels
  • A quality PE program helps students learn to: Set and work toward goals. Develop an attitude of cooperation over competition Recognize the wellness benefits of lifelong participation in physical activity Practice self-assessment using technology Celebrate what they CAN do Value others’ personal achievements
  • The New PE its not just basketball, softball or mindless calisthenics anymore. Students today are exploring a broad range of physical activities to discover their interests. The goal is for students to find activities they enjoy and to participate in them daily for a lifetime.
  • The PE Program has new technology to get the job of making students healthier done. Laptop and hand held computers can be uses to download and analyze information from fitness scores to heart rates. New software allows students to set fitness or activity goals and record their progress. A teacher can track the heart rate levels of entire class from their computer screen. Students can be taught to exercise in their target heart rate zone to achieve better cardio vascular fitness. Body composition and fitness components can be measured and recorded with the use of a Trifit computer. Students and teachers can monitor individual activity levels utilizing devices such as heart rate monitors or pedometers. Technology has now introduced the world to active gaming. Kids are no longer just sitting to play. They can get up, get sweaty and have fun in a safe environment with Wii sports, X Box Kinect, or Dance Dance Revolution. The 21 st century has not just changed the way we communicate but it has also changed the way we exercise.
  • This new curriculum is the way schools can impact the lifestyle of each student far beyond the school day. When being active is enjoyable and exercise becomes a habit a students’ wellness will last past graduation, into adulthood, for a lifetime.
  • Physical education

    1. 1. Addressing the Future: The New Physical Education By: Di Anne Galm
    2. 2. What is The &quot;New&quot; PE? <ul><li>Developmentally Appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Academically Enhancing </li></ul><ul><li>Individualized </li></ul><ul><li>Meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>Lifelong </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Improves brain function </li></ul><ul><li>Builds self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Increases fitness levels </li></ul><ul><li>Improves school performance </li></ul><ul><li>Makes active lifestyle a habit </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces anxiety and stress </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Helps students to: </li></ul><ul><li>Set goals </li></ul><ul><li>Practice self-assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Develop appropriate social behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the benefits of physical activity </li></ul>
    5. 5. The New PE Not just sports but lifetime activities Cycling Juggling Dance Martial Arts Rock Climbing Orienteering Skating
    6. 6. New PE + Technology <ul><li>Computers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lap top </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand held </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fitness testing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart Rate Monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Body Composition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Fitness Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activity Monitors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heart Rate Monitors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedometers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Active Gaming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wii </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>X Box 360 - Kinect </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The New PE teaches wellness for a lifetime .
    8. 8. References P.E. 4 life community action kit [DVD]. (2007). Images Slide 1 Slide 2 Slide 3 Slide 4 Slide 5 Slide 6 Slide 7