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You have all heard the phrase actions speak louder than words. When working with children, sometimes we turn this around and our words attempt to speak louder than actions. This reversal of the phrase is unfortunately found in PE classes around the country. With the shortage of time spent in PE, and childhood obesity learned from parents and other influential adults, PE teachers are often the only model of fitness a child encounters. PE teachers are more and more needed to be group fitness instructors and providing a true physical education, which includes fundamentals of movement in addition to sports specific skills.
If you take the analogy of a PE coach/teacher to be a group fitness instructor/personal trainer, would you pay an overweight, out of shape personal trainer who cannot demonstrate exercises without falling down or getting out of breath? The answer is NO!! So why are coaches/teachers, who play an even more important role than personal trainers, out of shape and falling down and unable to demonstrate movements being the role models for health fitness? The point is not for coaches/teachers to be professional athletes and bodybuilders. The point is coaches/teachers need to be true representatives of healthy, active lifestyle to impress upon their students the importance of exercise and making healthy choices.
Think about it, why did you become a teacher? Why did you become a PE teacher? Usually the answer is because someone made a positive impact on your life regarding sports or some athletic endeavor. Be a product of your product, which is imprinting lifelong healthy habits on your students. Less than .5% of kids become pro athletes, the rest of us have to learn and use exercise and nutrition information from what is taught in school. Be their role model and make the massive impact on the next generation of adults by letting your healthy actions speak louder than your words.
The Pediatric Insider © 2016 Roy Benaroch, MD Daniel K. wrote in a one-line topic suggestion: “The professionalization of Youth Sports and stress level in children”. It’s a big problem – younger and younger children are being expected to behave like professional athletes. They specialize in one sport, train almost as much as a full-time […]
How many times have we heard the bragging parent in the stands about how their child is the cream of the crop and getting a sports scholarship to college? A part of this problem is the conversation is being heard at U10 and U8 level sports! The unfortunate dreams of a parent being put on their child whom doesn’t share the same dream, but parents do it anyway. The NCAA says about 2% of all high schools athletes earn a scholarship, how many U10 and U8 players will even play high school athletics? Let’s not forget interests change as physical development changes. So yes, let’s continue filling our children with unrealistic expectations instead of being loving and supporting.
As the surgical curve for ACL, MCL, and rotator cuff injuries has changed from college age to middle school age athletes, take a step back and analyze the situation. We are hell bent on teaching and promoting one sport instead of movements and multiple sports for the reality of maybe one player on a youth sports team getting a scholarship. As the commercial says by the NCAA, “most of us are going pro in something else,” most of high school athletes aren’t playing another game after their senior year is over.
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A recent article in Business Insider describes how Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg got their idea for digital personalized learning from special education. A light bulb lit, and they realized that students placed according to their academic level online is needed for every child—not just students with disabilities. They liked the way special education teachers […]
“Don’t volunteer, don’t rock the boat, don’t do anything to draw attention to yourself.”
Are those words of a dedicated professional who enjoys making an impact or of someone who works at a job just for the security of a paycheck and benefits? Unfortunately this advice is more common than we think in the physical education realm. Not making a positive impact on children’s health and fitness life skills, pushes America down the road of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Children spend more time at school learning habits and behaviors than at home, with fitness being one of them.
In many states, physical education has guidelines but no concrete way to grade or assess on learning skills for healthy, active lifestyles. Fitnessgram is a newer version of the traditional Presidential Youth Physical Fitness Program, but how many adults today can honestly say running a 40 yard dash twice a school year taught them about being healthy as 40 year old. If students run slightly faster, a teacher is given positive feedback and assessment results for their teaching. Is that truly a fair assessment? What are the teachers doing on a daily basis to educate kids about movement fundamentals and healthy behaviors? How can a parent know what’s happening in PE when schools are not required to publish any lesson plans like Common Core and STEM?
Parents, ask questions of your school’s administration and board about PE teachers. What are their lesson plans and job experience? Public school PE teachers are state employees, let’s make sure they make an impact and not just a paycheck.