“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Malcom X
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” Eleanor Roosevelt
So, what do those two quotes have to do with the start of a new school year?! It’s a way for me to challenge you to perhaps do something that I’m sure you think is important but also might make you a little uncomfortable! The window of opportunity is open for our profession to take a stand on the importance and value of quality physical education and physical activity as part of the school environment. I am certain that each one of you knows and understands that what you do is important for your students. You know the benefits of healthy and active students.
So we need to act on this open window and take a stand for what we believe in. If not, that window will close before we know it. So, that’s where some of the “scary” part comes into play for some! Here are a few suggestions for how you can be an advocate for our profession (and some of them are a little scary!).
1. Ask for time at staff meetings and professional development meetings to lead your staff in a physical activity break.
2. Write a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper and share what you are doing in your program to prepare students to become “physically literate for a lifetime”.
3. Invite parents to visit your class and take part in special activities.
4. Make a presentation to your School Board and share how you are helping improve academic performance by providing a quality physical education program and promoting 60 minutes of physical activity.
5. Look for opportunities to share some of the current research about the benefits of being physically active with people in your community.
My challenge to you is to step out of your comfort zone and start being a “voice” for our profession. Remember, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Now is the time for all of us to become better advocates for what we know and believe in, even if it scares the socks off of us!
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