May 1-7 is National Physical Education and Sport Week and that provides us with a great opportunity to advocate for our profession! Now is the time to start making some plans to celebrate this week in your schools and communities. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices going!
- Plan one special activity each day that teachers can do for 10-15 minutes with their students (nature walk, fun game, new brain break, fitness routine, simply dance routine).
- Invite your administrators, school board members and parents to visit your class sometime during the week. Invite them to join the activity if they would like to!
- Participate in Project ACES Day (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) http://lensaunders.com/aces/ on May 1, and promote PACES (Parents and Children Exercise Simultaneously) on May 4 http://www.lensaunders.com/paces/index.html.
- Plan a Family Fitness Event (Skillastics® Activity Kits are great way to get parents and students moving together and having fun!)
- Plan one day for teachers to wear their favorite team shirt and tennis shoes, with the “catch” being they need to participate in at least 10 minutes of physical education with their students. Plan a quick and fun activity that they will feel comfortable doing with their students.
- Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper sharing a few key messages about the importance of physical education in your schools.
- Plan a special “theme” each day for recess (throw and catch day, walk with a friend day, fun games day, etc.)
- Send home a fitness challenge calendar for students to do with their family.
- Finally, make sure you inform your district media office, local newspaper and television stations of your plans for the week. It’s a great opportunity to let people see that physical education today is an important part of the school day!