Physical education & remote learning

We know the importance of physical activity to our health and well-being. So, when we educators needed to pivot quickly to remote learning last March, physical education teachers faced a unique challenge.

Educators in the Kingdom East school district got busy quickly to respond and provide ongoing learning opportunities despite the constraints.  How might we build on their collective efforts?

A collective effort

Theresa Young is the curriculum coordinator for the Kingdom East School District. The collaborative effort of Physical Education and Health educators in her district stood out to her. It is an example of an impressive collective effort to meet needs. These educators moved quickly and creatively to launch a district-wide website with the necessary tools, strategies, and resources for families to take next steps. Take a look and you’ll see why.

The KESD P.E. & Health page is a landing space filled with resources for students and their families from kindergarten to 8th grade.

Site highlights

physical education and remote learning KESD homepage

 

On the site, students can access an array of engaging resources.

Middle level students were invited to:

  • explore the calendar,
  • pick out one of the suggested activities to try 2 or 3 times a week
  • And, share / reflect on the experience with this Google Form 👉

 

physical education and remote learning
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Sharing student work

In addition to a resource collection and feedback form, the site helped educators highlight student work. First grader Carter Boivin published his own book: Bike Safety Manual! And KESD is happy to share it broadly.

Carter’s interest in biking translated into advice shared with a wide audience through this collective space.

 

Other ongoing supports

As the educators were building out the site, Jeremiah Bias found a creative way to engage his students in physical education activities. He video recorded himself sharing and modeling a physical activity easily replicated at home. Many schools in the Kingdom East School District use Seesaw.  Jeremiah delivered these engaging videos through Seesaw postings.

The key: engage learners to be active and healthy, even when we have to do so at a distance!

Further exploration

Want to know more about ways physical education teachers can work to keep students and their families active this summer at a distance and plan for the fall?

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Susan Hennessey

Susan Hennessey is a reformed librarian and current professional development coordinator with a particular interest in digital credentials and scavenger hunts. She's addicted to flavored almonds, salty, crunchy snacks, and Google Hangouts.

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