Thursday, February 21, 2013

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What's Happening in Gym Class?

Photo by Angel Valentin for The New York Times
Check out this article in The New York Times reporting on other subjects being incorporated into gym class, "Gym Class Isn’t Just Fun and Games Anymore" by Motoko Rich. Here is an excerpt:

Spurred by an intensifying focus on student test scores in math and English as well as a desire to incorporate more health and fitness information, more school districts are pushing physical education teachers to move beyond soccer, kickball and tennis to include reading, writing and arithmetic as well. New standards for English and math that have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia recommend that teachers in a wide variety of subjects incorporate literacy instruction and bring more “informational text” into the curriculum. Many states have interpreted these standards to include physical education and have developed recommendations and curriculum for districts and teachers to incorporate literacy skills and informational text into gym classes. 

To read the entire article, click here.