Prepping Your P.E. Students for State Requirements
Physical education (P.E.) is an important component of a well-rounded education by promoting physical fitness and overall health.
Most states have specific requirements that schools must follow to ensure students receive the opportunity to engage and develop their physical abilities through sports and fitness testing.
Keep reading to learn how you can best prepare your students with some of these strategies to help you instill a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.
State P.E. requirements
With each state, the requirements look different. It is important to understand your state’s specific requirements structured by the department of education. The specific requirements they cover include:
- The number of required hours of weekly physical activity
- Fitness topics
- Fitness assessment methods and frequency
Fully understanding these will help you tailor your lesson plan while meeting all the necessary criteria to prepare students for fitness tests like the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP).
Lesson plan and goals
You can design goal-oriented lesson plans based on your state’s requirements. These should outline the skills and concepts you want your students to gain throughout the year.
By incorporating diverse activities like team sports, individual fitness exercises, and coordination, balance, and flexibility-building activities, your students will stay engaged and motivated.
Students have different physical abilities so creating lesson plans that are accessible to everyone is important.
This includes allowing room for modifications for those who need it so everyone can succeed.
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Get students excited to move
Making P.E. an enjoyable and exciting experience will create a positive tie to exercise. With friendly competition, challenges, and games, students will feel more encouraged to incorporate movement into their personal lives.
Incorporate lifelong skills
Develop your students’ interpersonal skills that they can apply to their personal and professional lives like being a team player, effective communication, how to maintain their health, and the benefits of a nutritional diet.
Track your students’ progress
Tracking your students’ progress will ensure you are meeting the necessary state requirements.
There are different ways to track progress including:
- Written exams
- Timed fitness tests
Ready to see your students succeed?
P.E. will set your students up for success by teaching them the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. This will encourage students to maintain their strength, endurance, and flexibility, all of which factor into good nerve and soft tissue health.
How are you setting up your students for success with your lesson plans?
Let us know in the comments.