Appropriate Practices for Elementary School Physical Education


In any discussion of physical education for children, there are five major premeises that guide thinking about, planning for and evaluating physical education programs. They are:

1. The ultimate purpose of any physical education program is to guide children into being physically active for a lifetime.

2. Children should engage in physical activity appropriately designed for their developmental levels.

3. Recess and physical education are important, but different, parts of the school program.

4. Physical activity and physical education are not the same.

5. Physical education and athletic programs are different.

Appropriate Practices for Elementary School Physical Education, COPEC, NASPE Publications, 2000.