What is Physical Education?

There is a grave difference between Physical Education, Physical Activity, & Athletics.

The intent of Physical Education is to help students learn the skills necessary for performing a variety of physical activities and understand the benefits of achieving and maintaining a physically active Lifestyle.

Physical Education is defined as:

A planned, sequential program of curricula and instruction that helps students develop the knowledge, attitudes, motor skills, self-management skills, and confidence needed to adopt and maintain a physically active and healthy Lifestyle.

Physical Education programs are the ONE place that:

- ALL children can participate in regular physical activity

- ALL children can become physically educated for a Lifetime of physical activity

PHYSICAL EDUCATION SHOULD BE TREATED WITH THE SAME LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL CONCERN AS OTHER ESSENTIAL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS..

A Quality Physical Education program includes:

Curriculum

Curriculum that aligns with state learning standards and outcomes for Health & Physical Education

Actual PE Teacher

Curriculum is taught by a certified Health and Physical Education teacher

Ample OTRs & Equipment

Appropriate time and space for students to learn and practice skills with appropriate supplies

Instruction & Assessment

Instruction and assessment in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains

What is NOT Physical Education?

ATHLETICS

Athletics is defined as an active sport that requires physical exertion and competition and involves a contest between athletes.  While athletics typically focuses on one sport, Physical Education will teach knowledge of skills and concepts necessary for safe and healthy Living and in turn, for successful learning.  Athletics are optional and does not promote participation by ALL students.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity is defined by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as any bodily movement produced by the contraction of skeletal muscles resulting in energy expenditure

RECESS

Recess provides unstructured play opportunities that allow children to engage in physical activities, however as normally provided, it cannot be used to meet the requirement of an average of 100 instructional minutes per week of Physical Education

EXERCISE

Exercise is a subset of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive, and is done to improve or maintain physical fitness

Why is Physical Education essential?

  • Inactivity is the leading cause of preventable death.
  • ​Physical activity and exercise is the application of what is learned in Physical Education class.
  • Quality Physical Education programs are important because they provide learning experiences that meet children's developmental needs, which in turn helps to improve mental alertness, academic performance, and enthusiasm for learning.
  • In the same way that exercise benefits the muscles, heart, lungs, and bones, it also strengthens key areas of the brain.
  • Children in daily physical activity have shown superior academic performance and more positive attitudes towards school.
  • A well-designed Physical Education program will promote a Lifelong physically active Lifestyle that can enhance longevity and Quality of Life.
  • All above information can be found by clicking this link for Washington OSPI website