Classroom physical activity helps students feel better, work together as a team, reduce anxiety, and maintain focus all while helping them learn and retain academic content. In addition, movement can be a great classroom and virtual learning management tool for teachers and caregivers by energizing tired or distracted students and calming students to prepare for learning and testing.
Whether learning is happening in-person or virtually, classroom physical activity in a WIN-WIN for students, teachers, and caregivers!
Do you know….?
Teachers and caregivers can help young people get physical activity while simultaneously teaching and reinforcing academic concepts.
Physical activity is an easy way for teachers and caregivers to increase engagement in and enjoyment of learning while keeping students safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are many free or low-cost classroom physical activity resources available including short, plug ‘n’ play videos that can help teachers and caregivers gain confidence to incorporate physical activity during learning.
During February, teachers and caregivers across the country can participate in Active Classrooms Month by showcasing ways they integrate physical activity into learning and highlighting the positive impact movement has on young people! Special activities like webinars and live physical activitiy boosts during the month are intended to help all teachers and caregivers experiment and build their confidence.
Active Schools and Springboard to Active Schools are here to help you all year round with resources and trainings. It only takes a minute to get connected:
Teachers: ask your students’ caregivers to post words and/or photos about how movement during learning helps their child
Bring PE to Your Family Week October 19-23, 2020
This year, we might not be able to bring parents to PE (like previous years’ Take Your Parent to PE Week), but we can Bring PE to Families! During the week of October 19-23, physical educators around the country will participate in Bring PE to Your Family Week.
Active Schools has teamed up with the Online Physical Education Network (OPEN) to bring you all the resources you need to make this virtual event an important advocacy experience for everyone.
Here’s how it works.
Step 1: Take 2 minutes to REGISTER your school for this important advocacy event. WHY? Because Active Schools can bring more media attention to Bring PE to Your Family Week, and physical education in general, when we are able to report a large number of participating schools.
Once you register, the Bring PE to Your Family logo (in various formats) will be emailed to you.
Step 2: Set the date for the week of October 19-23 and invite families to join their child virtually for physical education. If that week does not work for you, that’s okay — pick a date that does. All resources will be live for a full year.
Step 3:Download the lessons for the grade levels that you teach — elementary (K-2), elementary (3-5), and secondary (MS & HS).
Step 4: Plan 1 or 2 lessons with a Bring PE to Your Family Week theme. Lesson materials focus on the value of physical education and routine physical activity, mindfulness, enjoyment, and nutrition.
Step 5: During the event, use #FamiliesLovePE on all social media channels to share screenshots, parent testimonials, and advocacy gems for the #PhysEd world to enjoy. Encourage parents/caregivers to post about their family’s participation as well.
Step 6: Ask your principal to videotape a short greeting to the families about the importance of physical education and his/her support for it — and to thank them for participating in Bring PE to Your Family Week and supporting their student. Show the video at the beginning of each class’s first lesson of the week.