Physical Education

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Student Well-Being School Sports Are Back. Where Are the Athletes?
Amid the pandemic and its disruptions, many young athletes lost interest in school sports.
Ariel Gans, April 20, 2022
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Kids join their parents in a workout in the park Monday, March 16, 2020, in Coronado, Calif. A local gym moved their class outdoors as kids staying home from school due to coronavirus concerns joined the group.
Children join their parents in a workout in the park earlier this year in Coronado, Calif. A local gym moved a class outdoors so kids being schooled at home during the pandemic could participate.
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Student Well-Being What the Research Says Kids Are Feeling Isolated. P.E. May Help Them Bounce Back
New neuroscience research suggests exercise can buffer adolescents against social-emotional damage from distancing.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 2, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Four Favorite Physical Education Instructional Strategies—Recommended by Teachers!
Differentiated instruction is among the favorite strategies three educators employ in teaching physical education.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 24, 2021
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School Climate & Safety Should Schools Still Play Dodgeball?
Lively debate persists around this playground game, which opponents say is ripe territory for bullies and which supporters argue builds skills like teamwork and resilience.
Arianna Prothero, December 10, 2019
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Student Well-Being Video Student Wellness: The Great Equalizer for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Ed Talk! With Judy LoBianco
“In health and physical education, we believe that what’s fundamental to all of our educational issues is a child with a beating heart and air breathing through their lungs. [There’s] no way we can tackle all the educational issues in America and beyond without making sure we take care of the whole child.” 2018 Leaders To Learn From honoree Judy LoBianco speaks with attendees at Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From event in Washington on the importance of engaging students in health. Judy LoBianco is a PreK-12 supervisor for Livingston public schools in Livingston, N.J. Read her leader profile, “For This Champion for Student Health, P.E. Extends Beyond the Gym”:
May 24, 2019
Student Well-Being 5th Grader: My School's Morning Runs 'Helps Us All Listen Better'
Riley Quinn exercises each day as part of her elementary school's "Morning Mile" program, which the principal says makes a huge difference in kids' readiness to learn.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 12, 2019
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Judy LoBianco
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Student Well-Being Leader To Learn From For This Champion for Student Health, P.E. Extends Beyond the Gym
As the honcho for student wellness in the South Orange-Maplewood school district in New Jersey, Judy LoBianco is changing what schools do to educate students about their physical health. She is recognized as a 2018 Leader To Learn From.
Evie Blad, February 21, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion Inside a Student Wellness After-School Program
Wellness and self-care practices can equip students from underserved communities to handle the circumstances of poverty, writes Ali Smith.
Ali Smith, December 13, 2016
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Student Well-Being Three-Fourths of U.S. Children Aren't Meeting Physical-Activity Guidelines
Three-fourths of children across the United States aren't meeting the recommended amount of physical activity per week, according to a report card from the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.
Bryan Toporek, November 18, 2016
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School & District Management Classroom Exercise Equipment Has Benefits for Students, Studies Show
The use of exercise equipment in the classroom can improve both student health and learning.
Kate Stoltzfus, August 29, 2016
3 min read
Student Well-Being Researchers Draw Link Between Physical Activity, Academic Success
Beyond the fitness-related benefits, physical activity can also contribute to students' academic success, suggests a new consensus statement from international researchers.
Bryan Toporek, June 29, 2016
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Student Well-Being Heisman Trophy Winner Sings Praises of Quality Phys. Ed.
Herschel Walker, the winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy, described physical education as his "saving grace" while growing up.
Bryan Toporek, May 19, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion Heisman Trophy Winner: Physical Education Saved My Life
We must seize the moment to provide more funding and support for vital physical education resources, writes former NFL player Herschel Walker.
Herschel Walker, May 10, 2016
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Student Well-Being Schools Continue to Lag Behind Recommendations for Phys. Ed. Time
Only Iowa and the District of Columbia require the amount of weekly physical education time recommended by national experts at the elementary and middle school levels.
Bryan Toporek, May 4, 2016
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