Appropriate Practices for Physical Education and Physical Activity

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Welcome to the Physical Education Appropriate Practices (PEAP) Web site.

The site was established to sustain grant outcomes and increase the reach of our work by providing a form of no-cost, on-line professional development for teachers across the nation. The PEAP Web site was made possible in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Grant: Communities Putting Prevention to Work, RENEW LA (Renew Environments for Nutrition, Exercise, and Wellness).

Our grant outcomes were to increase student access to quality physical education and to increase opportunities for physical activity in seven school districts. To achieve these outcomes, professional development was provided to selected teachers at the participating school sites who in return mentored teachers, administrators, and parents at their schools.

In California, most elementary physical education is taught by classroom teachers with multiple subject authorization. Some school districts do employ physical education teachers at the elementary level. All districts in California employ teachers with single subject authorization in physical education at the middle and high school levels.

The video clips on the PEAP Web site feature elementary classroom teachers and elementary and secondary physical education teachers who are engaged in appropriate practices that have implications for both physical education and physical activity. The selected appropriate practices were based upon the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Appropriate Practices for Elementary, Middle School and High School. Some teachers, from each of the seven school districts, were filmed as they taught physical education.

Video clips of appropriate practices were identified and have been categorized by grade level (K-5 and 6-12) and by category (Program Practices, Instructional Strategies, Learning Environment, Assessment, and Curriculum).

We recommend that teachers, after-school program staff, and administrators view video segments from both grade levels as many appropriate practices span all grades. As more funding is secured, additional appropriate practice segments will be added to this site.