Value and Benefits

The Value and Purpose of Physical Education for Children

Kinesiology 4500

Movement Tasks in Games, Rhythms and Sport Activities

Physical Education for Children


Identify 3 points you consider to be purposes of physical education programs for children – both elementary and secondary

Physical Education for Children

Health Benefits

significant health benefits (Surgeon General Report of 1996)

Cognitive Benefits

children MAY benefit intellectually from being physically active (Shephard, 1996)


Characteristics of quality programs

developmentally & instructionally appropriate for children being served

accommodate variety of individual characteristics

developmental status, previous movement experiences, fitness/skill levels, body size, age

best known practices

what comprises a "good" program?

Learning Opportunities

Opportunities for children to practice skills

provide each child with piece of equipment

arrange lesson for multiple opportunities for turns for each child

providing extension activities for children

modification of learning experiences


TAHPERD Position Statement

PE essential part of total education program

PE makes significant contributions toward achievement of educational outcomes

PE contributes to positive attitudes regarding vigorous physical activity as essential throughout life

Grades 1 – 3

Minimum of 30 min/day

Grades 4 – 8

Minimum of 45 min/day

Class sizes should be consistent with other areas of curriculum

Grades 9 – 12

Minimum of 2 years (2 units)




All PE classes should be taught by certified physical educators

No substitutions (ROTC, band, drill team, cheerleading, etc) should be allowed

Adaptations should be made for those students who have special needs.


Passed in 77th legislature

Daily physical activity for grades K – 6

Minimum of 135 min/wk

Participation must be in a TEKS based physical education class or a TEKS based structured activity

Each district must establish procedures for providing physical activity that include the health-related education and needs of student and recommendations of local health advisory council


We will note in class the actual state of Texas requirements.  Be familiar with these.

Opportunities for Success

Environment that is positive

encourages all children to be successful

warm, encouraging environment

all children are treated with respect

lessons allow children of all ability levels to be successful

Realistic Design

Focus is on what can be learned in time limit

amount of time for physical education

number of children in classes

equipment availability

space availability

Emphasis on developing basic motor activities

participation in variety of activities

importance of wellness/fitness for lifetime

Advocacy for our Program and Profession

How do we demonstrate the value/purpose/benefit of physical education?

Educate principal/asst. principal/parents

Educate other teachers in the school

Work closely with other teachers (particularly music and art) – thematic approach

Incorporate TAKS into lessons (writing, math, problem solving)

Include writing as part of your curriculum (ex: child designed games; logs)

Educate parents

Attend PTA meetings/provide programs as possible

Letter at the beginning of year

Be part of school newsletter

Bulletin boards

Positive feedback for children (notes, calls)




School board

Attend meetings as needed

Invite members to view high quality program


Your best advocates for "why your program is important!)