guidelines quality elementary physical education

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Guideline for Facilities, Equipment and Instructional Materials in Elementary School Physical Education A Position Paper from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education The Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC) of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends quality, daily physical education that is developmentally and instructionally appropriate be available to all children. Appropriate instructional practices in physical education recognize children’s development and movement abilities. Quality physical education incorporates practices, derived from current research and documented teaching experiences, into a method of instruction that maximizes opportunities for learning and success. NASPE’s publication Appropriate Practices for Elementary School Physical Education (2000) highlights these best known practices. National content standards, specifying what students “should know and be able to do” are featured within the NASPE publication, Moving into the Future: National Physical Education Standards: A Guide to Content and Assessment ( 1995). Together these documents provide programmatic support with the ultimate goal of ensuring that children are physically educated. In addition to appropriate instructional practices, relevant content and ongoing assessment of student learning, there are other areas critical to the design and implementation of a quality elementary physical education program. The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines relevant to facilities, equipment and instructional materials that support and facilitate the design and implementation of quality elementary physical education programs and enhance children’s opportunities to learn (see Opportunities to Learn Standards for Quality Elementary Physical Education Document , NASPE/COPEC). Guidelines for Facilities: 1. Boards of Education, through their school budget process, fund: a) the purchase and maintenance of appropriate and sufficient physical education supplies and equipment; and b) equitable physical education facilities and maintenance of these facilities for each school. 2. Physical education teachers, physical education program administrator, and school administrators should jointly: a) develop standards for appropriate supplies and equipment; and procedures for purchasing. b) provide input to plans for new physical education facilities. 3. School and community facilities and programs are designed and implemented to support and complement one another in serving children’s needs. © July 2001 National Association for Sport and Physical Education, an association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
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4. There is a dedicated facility for the physical education instructional program. 5. Adequate space, ranging from 110 sq. ft. to 150 sq. ft. per child, for learning
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