This is the month
to celebrate physical education and sport. As a part of the celebration,
I wanted to discuss how much influence we have on children and youth.
Physical educators are in a rare position of being one of the few
teachers who can implement lessons to develop the "whole"
child. Many physical educators include psychomotor and affective
domains in their lesson planning. Much of this page will be dedicated
to including the cognitive domain to improve thinking skills.
I look forward to your comments and ideas. We can all accomplish
more if we share and work together.
Technology Section Editor
| Developing the 'Whole' Child in PE
A child's favorite
teacher often is the physical education teacher. We can be a positive
role model, and influence the learning of our students. To capitalize
on our position in physical education we need to be teaching the
"whole" child. That means developing the psychomotor,
affective, and cognitive domains. Teaching to the "whole"
child gives more creditability to our program, reinforces academics
and learning, and may ensure our place as an important part of the
curriculum. It reinforces the philosophy of mind, body, and spirit.
The psychomotor domain deals with physical and
motor development. It is the main goal of physical educators. In
the psychomotor domain we are providing opportunities to develop
balance, eye-hand coordination, agility, flexibility, strength,
and other components of the domain.
The affective is the emotional and social domain.
In the affective domain we can plan lessons to include cooperation,
how to be a good sport, character building activities, etc.
The cognitive domain deals with the intellect
and obtaining knowledge. This domain involves information processing,
critical thinking, problem solving, and research.
This site breaks new ground on an old subject: Does what (and
how) we eat affect who we are? Follow six middle school students
as they experience first hand the relationship between food
and their changing bodies, cultural differences, the vanishing
family meal, nutrition and athletic performance. Site visitors
will have the opportunity to become part of a unique, on-line
community. This site is available in Spanish. Here is the page
to links of past episodes to bring you up to date. Also
a preview VIDEO.
My Life invites kids to share their feelings about
the social, emotional, and physical issues that affect them.
Buy It challenges kids to question advertising,
evaluate media, and become smart consumers.
Diets Slow Your Metabolism?
If you are trying to lose weight, you may be concerned by reports
that diets can slow your metabolism, making it more of a challenge
to keep off any weight you lose. Several studies on metabolic
rate after weight loss, however, suggest this may not be inevitable.
Read the rest...
wondering who else out there is using GPS in PE... Geocaching
anyone? Thanks to Scott Tomassetti, there's also a video
of student experiences. Please post your thoughts on the
information was submitted by Phil
Lawler, PE4LIFE Institute Director. Thanks so much
for your contribution.
Physical educators need to look at interactive video games that
cause kids to move. We are not going to change the interest level
that kids have with video games, and until recently the video industry
was the enemy to the fitness world. We can use children's interest
to our advantage.
I have come across several interactive video games that promote
fitness. I just wanted to share them incase you wanted to share
the sites with your readers.
Fitness - Interactive video bikes that include heart
rate readings. We have been using a version of the bikes for 4 years.
Kids love them. We just recently went to cateye. They make a great
Dance Dance Revolution - this is very popular
with our students. I know there are several companies that now make
products for Dance Dance Revolution. We just happen to use redoctane.
Another great game to play on Dance Dance Revolution pads is Athens
Olympics. It works great. Also, see the section on the Secondary
page titled 'Motivating to Move!' for more info.
- We have two installed in our district - one at the elementary
level and one at the HS. The elementary mainly uses the wall for
sports training and brain activities. The high school uses the sport
wall for brain activities and core training. Somewhat costly, so
need parent groups or corporate support.
- Interactive game that teaches self defense movement. We have not
put one in yet, but my friend, Tim McCord from Titusville, put in
two units and kids enjoy them and get a great work out.
Trazer® - This is a new product. Keep an eye on
this product...it has great potential. We have been working with
the development of this product, and it is much more than an interactive
video game. It has potential to be used in athletics, PE, and cross
curricular - developing both mind and body.
- By far the most expensive product, but it is fun to where technology
is going in the fitness world. I have seen this product demonstrated,
and it will be in schools in the near future.
- This is a new product I just discovered. What makes it unique
is that every other product listed above provides a cardiovascular
workout using video concepts. Powergrid is an interactive video
game that improves strength.
| Celebrating Physical Education & Sport
We need to let
our communities and the general public know what we can accomplish
in our curriculum by newsletters, announcements, demonstrations,
and other various means of marketing our programs.
Website - This is the month for celebrating physical
education and sport. Canada has a great web site where you can download
resources. These might provide models to use in your area: Public
Service Announcements, Lesson Plans, Posters, Newsletters, &
Physical education teachers can include activities in their
curriculum to help student develop thinking skills in the
cognitive domain. They may reinforce academics in their own
physical education class, or work with other teachers to integrate
curriculum with a project based unit.
Innovation in Education - Intel has developed
new online tools to help support higher order thinking skills.
These tools are accessed from any computer connected to the
Internet, allowing students and teachers access any time from
home or school. No subscription or fees are required. Intel
provides free workshops
One tool is Visual
Ranking where students can prioritize and compare their
list to others. Another tool is Seeing
Reason where individuals chart cause and effect relationships.
Enter these sites and look at the overview & benefits,
project examples, instructional strategies, and even try the
I have prepared some Physical Education examples. Go to the
Ranking site or the Seeing
Under 'Sign in' select student login. For
Teacher ID type firstname.lastname@example.org.
Select a Team ID below (use your age as a guide), type it
in, and use this same ID as the password.
that this is a practice and the same workspace may be
used by different people.
Teachers can also set up their own workspace.
It is best to attend a workshop first to gain greater knowledge
of the tool and how to develop thinking skills.
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