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Schoolwide Physical Activity

Schoolwide Physical Activity

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    Audience: Reference for K-12 PE and classroom teachers, directors, principals, and administrators overseeing physical activity programs and wellness policy compliance. Text for college PE majors and elementary classroom education majors. Also a reference for community youth program leaders.

    Physical activity doesn’t have to be confined to physical education class. Many schools are discovering the benefits of incorporating physical activity throughout the day. In fact, schools increasingly need to do so as requirements for weekly minutes of physical activity expand beyond the time available for physical education class.


    With Schoolwide Physical Activity: A Comprehensive Guide to Designing and Conducting Programs, K-12 classroom teachers and administrators will learn how to design and conduct activity programs that not only meet wellness policy requirements and goals but also motivate and encourage all students to be physically active.


    The premise of this innovative guide is that physical activity in schools is not the sole responsibility of the PE teacher. It is the responsibility of all administrators and teachers—and is most successful when it is integrated throughout the curriculum.


    To that end, Schoolwide Physical Activity highlights the role of elementary classroom teachers in providing opportunities for physical activity, and it offers an array of tools and programs for teachers to incorporate in their classrooms. At the secondary level, the book creates a vision of a good physical activity program and then shows secondary teachers and administrators how to achieve that vision. Through this text, teachers and administrators receive

    • a blueprint for building a comprehensive and coordinated K-12 physical activity program;

    • ready-to-use activities and forms; and

    • program ideas that address both the needs and desires of all children, not just the small percentage who gravitate toward physical activity.


    Schoolwide Physical Activity comes with a CD-ROM that contains all the printable activities, forms, and tools from the book and over 200 activities for classroom teachers, inclusive transitional activities, integrated lessons, and simple games and dances. The comprehensive guide includes a Web site with an instructor guide, presentation package, and test package.


    This resource will help teachers and administrators see their roles and responsibilities in a new light and gain stakeholder support for wellness and activity programs, and it will assist in coordinating efforts among all involved in providing students with safe and appropriate programs that will transform their schools into more active places for learning.

    Part I: Introduction

    Chapter 1. Physical Activity and the School Program

    The Problem

    The Contributions of Physical Activity

    Physical Activity, Exercise, and Fitness

    Factors That Affect Physical Activity

    National Recommendations for Physical Activity

    The Solution

    Physical Education and the School Physical Activity Program


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 2. The School Wellness Program and Physical Activity

    State-, District-, and School-Level Response

    Gaining Stakeholder Support

    The Role of School Administrators and Teachers

    Developing a School Wellness Plan

    Successful Ideas for a School Wellness Program

    Barriers and Common Struggles in Implementing School Wellness Programs


    Checking Your Understanding




    Part II: The Elementary Physical Education Program

    Chapter 3. Quality Elementary Physical Education

    The Role of the School Administration in the Physical Education Program

    The Role and Responsibilities of the Physical Education Teacher in the School Physical Activity Program

    Physical Education’s Contribution to the Domains of Learning

    Curriculum Scope and Sequence

    Factors That Affect the Development of Motor Skills

    Developmentally Appropriate and Age-Related Curriculum

    Movement Concepts

    Locomotor Skills

    Manipulative and Game Skills

    Educational Gymnastics

    Educational Dance Experiences

    Organizing and Managing the Physical Education Learning Environment


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 4. The Elementary School Physical Activity Program

    The Need for Physical Activity for Elementary-Aged Children

    A Word of Caution: Short-Term Versus Long-Term Effects

    What Is a Comprehensive Elementary School Physical Activity Program?

    The School Physical Activity Program: Who’s Responsible?

    Designing and Maintaining Safe and Age-Appropriate Playgrounds and Outdoor Areas


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 5. The Role of the Classroom Teacher in Physical Activity Programs

    Providing Opportunities for Physical Activity

    Physical Activity as a Routine

    Promoting Physically Active Lifestyles

    Promoting Quality Health and Nutritional Habits

    Working With the School Wellness Committee

    Being a Physically Active and Healthy Role Model


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 6. Recess

    Contributions of Recess

    Recommendations of Policy Groups for Recess

    Encouraging Active Play

    Scheduling Recess

    Teaching Children Playground Games

    Equipment for Recess

    Designating Play Areas

    Supervising the Playground


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 7. Games in the Elementary School

    Games in Physical Education Class

    Low Organization Games

    Factors That Affect the Selection of Appropriate and Safe Experiences for Children

    Modifying Games

    Child-Designed Games

    Organizing and Conducting Games

    Additional Game Opportunities


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 8. Teaching Dance and Rhythms

    Folk Dance

    Line Dancing

    Creative Dance

    Coordinating Dances to Enhance Grade-Level Curriculum

    Handling the Management Issues Related to Dance


    Checking Your Understanding



    Chapter 9. Fitness for the Elementary School Child

    What Is Physical Fitness?

    Exercise Principles for Developing Fitness

    Harmful Exercises and Safe Alternatives

    Approaching Fitness Positively

    Health-Related Fitness Testing

    Appropriate Fitness Activities for Children

    Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 10. Administering the Elementary School Physical Activity Program

    Who Is Responsible for the Physical Activity Program of the School?

    Analyzing the Opportunities for Participation and the Level of Participation

    Scheduling Activities of the Program


    Planning the Program

    Staffing the Program

    Reinforcing Participation

    Evaluating Your Program


    Checking Your Understanding



    Chapter 11. Programs Before, During, and After School and Special Events

    To Structure or Not to Structure

    Administrative Duties of the Program

    Providing a Variety of Opportunities

    Planning Events in Advance


    Checking Your Understanding




    Part III: The Secondary Physical Activity Program


    Chapter 12. The Comprehensive Physical Activity Program for the Secondary School

    What Are the Needs of the Secondary Student?

    How Did We Get Here?

    School Wellness Policies

    The School Physical Activity Program: Physical Education

    The School Physical Activity Program: Interscholastic Sport

    Scheduling the Physical Activity Program

    Involving the Community and Mandating Physical Activity

    The School Physical Activity Program: A Comprehensive Perspective

    The Physical Activity Director of the Secondary Program

    Administrative Support

    One Size Does Not Fit All


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 13. Planning the Secondary Physical Activity Program

    The Goals of an Inclusive Program

    Determining Student Needs and Interests

    What Facilities Do We Have and Need?

    What Equipment Do I Need?

    Structuring the Program

    Staffing the Physical Activity Program

    Promoting the Program


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 14. Administering the Physical Activity Program

    Establishing a Required Program

    Administering Required and Voluntary Physical Activity Programs



    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 15. Conducting Intramural Sports

    When to Hold Intramurals?

    Modifying Play

    Student Leadership

    Organizing the Competition

    Standards for Participant Behavior


    Checking Your Understanding




    Chapter 16. Conducting Secondary Heath-Related Fitness Programs

    Components of Health-Related Fitness

    Programming for Secondary Fitness Activities

    Leadership for the Fitness Components of the Program


    Checking Your Understanding




    Part IV: Wellness Programs


    Chapter 17. Parent, Staff, and Faculty Physical Activity Programs

    What Is a School Staff, Faculty, and Parent Wellness Program?

    Working With the Adult Population

    Family Programs


    Checking Your Understanding


    Web Sites



    About the Authors

    CD-ROM User Instructions

    Judith E. Rink, PhD, began her career as an elementary physical education teacher in 1965. She is a professor in the physical education department at the University of South Carolina, where she taught for nearly 30 years and served as department chair for more than 10 years. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the Teacher Educator Honor Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) in 2007 and the NASPE Hall of Fame Award in 2000.


    Rink has authored or coauthored six other physical education and physical activity books and has written dozens of articles for refereed publications. She has presented numerous papers at state, national, and international conferences, and she serves as the South Carolina physical education assessment program director. She also serves on the NASPE Assessment Task Force and served on NASPE’s board of directors from 2003 to 2006.


    Tina J. Hall, PhD, is an assistant professor in the physical education department at the University of South Carolina. She taught elementary and middle school physical education for 18 years and conducted several programs similar to those addressed in this book. She has conducted numerous workshops and in-services for physical education teachers, encouraging them to take a leadership role in promoting schoolwide physical activity, and has also conducted workshops and in-services for classroom teachers to help them provide opportunities for physical activity throughout the school day.


    Hall has taught physical education for elementary classroom teachers since 2002 and has taken a lead role in physical activity training for physical educators and classroom teachers in South Carolina. She is a member of NASPE and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). She was named the Tennessee AHPERD Teacher of the Year in 1995.


    Lori H. Williams, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She has taught physical education at the elementary, middle school, and college levels and has taught other subject matter at the elementary and middle school levels. Her 25 years of teaching experience includes 14 years in public schools. She served as president of the South Carolina Association for Physical Education and Sport in 2006; during her tenure as president she developed material and initiated workshops for physical activity directors in South Carolina elementary schools.

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors and available online.

    Instructor guide. Contains a sample course syllabus for a classroom teacher preparation course and sample course syllabi for a physical education teacher preparation course. Suggested student learning experiences are also provided.

    Test package. Includes more than 200 multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, true-and-false, and essay and short-answer questions. Iinstructors can create versions of their own tests by selecting from the question pool, select their own test forms and save them for later editing or printing, and export the tests into a word-processing program.

    Presentation package. The presentation package includes approximately 500 PowerPoint slides that highlight important material from the book.