7 Approaches to PE Grading

Gone are the days of rope climbing, forced laps, and now dodgeball. Today, physical education is being used as a tool for students to understand, enjoy, improve, and maintain their fitness and well-being.

But, with such subjective goals, grading can pose a major issue. A lot of educators just don’t like grading; however, some are finding ways to use grades to teach students, rather than label them. The results ensure more flexibility and ...

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iRun 101

iRun 101 is the first installment of a two-part blog series highlighting the latest SPARK High School web-unit: iRun.

R.U.N. SHAPE?

SPARK HS’s newest web-only addition, iRun, is a fitness-based running unit designed to promote personal health, fitness and running performance. Regardless of your students’ current fitness levels, iRun will inspire and support each individual student on the pathway to personal success.

iRun takes scientific training principles, fitness guidelines, and training methods and makes them easy to understand so that students can create individualized training programs, be active ...

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The P.E. Shift

Gym class at Churchill High School in San Antonio doesn’t look much like it did a few years ago. Students no longer sit on the sidelines, bored or anxious, or refuse to get suited up for competitive team sports.

Instead, they’re fully engaged in rock climbing, biking, or working out on the elliptical machine in the school’s new fitness center. When his district devised a program with this new approach to physical education, Principal Jeffrey Vaughan didn’t hesitate to adopt it.

“Students ...

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