Physical Literacy

"Physical Literacy is the cornerstone of both participation and excellence in physical activity and sport.  Individuals who are physically literate are more likely to be active for life.”

 

– Canadian Sport for Life

 

Getting Others Onboard

Change can be very hard for some…Vying for vertical alignment within PE curriculum often means multiple teachers, schools, and grade levels might have to change some (or a lot) of their current practices.  

How can we work through this resistance?

1)    Go after the “low hanging fruit” first

2)    Illuminate the path

3)    Don’t lose sight of the mission, goals, or purpose

4)    Highlight and celebrate successes

5)    Engage administration and school leadership

6)    Engage families

What do kids say they like about sports?

  1.   Fun

  2. Friends

  3. Fair Play

  4. Friendly competition

  5. Finishing the Season Better than I started

 

Lack of free play

Learn about why the lack of free play leads to a decline in sports participation.

Early sport specialization

Specializing in one sport early in childhood does not allow youth to explore various sports to find the one they like best and gain transferable skills from one sport to another.

Marginalization of Physical Education 

Physical education in schools needs to change and we all need to work together to make changes.

Technology

See the impact technology has on sports participation and increased levels of anxiety, depression, and struggles with self-development.

Decreased skill competence

Participation in sports has declined due to a decreased competence of fundamental movement skills.

Cost

The ability to afford enrolling kids in programs adds up and is not cheap. 

 

Importance of movement and physical activity in education

Students who are regularly physically active are more likely to experience:

  1.  Increased academic achievement 

  2.  Improved self-esteem & confidence 

  3.  Reduced anti-social or disruptive behavior

  4.  Improved social skills

  5.  Improvements in overall physical health & well-being

  6.  Improved attendance rates

  7.  Increased attentiveness throughout the day

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