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|Submission Title:||The Future of PE|
|Submission Theme:||Interdisciplinary Education|
|Submission Entry:||For the future, I see physical activity as an inherent part of the curriculum in all schools; qualified and enthusiastic teachers give every single child the chance to participate in Physical Education, not only in the classroom but also in breaks. A physical education program, in my eyes, will be more than just teaching and participating in Physical Education. Instead it will provide an opportunity for all students to get involved in extra-curricular and free-time activities. Schools will provide places like outdoor courts and equipment that students can use throughout the school day to play basketball, soccer, table tennis, etc. This opportunity will not only show students that physical activity can be fun, but it will also encourage them to get involved in lifetime activities as well as it improves social interaction and teambuilding. Experiencing the beneficial value of Physical Education will help students to associate exercise positively. The offered activities should provide and accomplish far more than just the teaching of skills; Physical Education programs should be as diversified as the students in the classroom, addressing multiple needs and interests by applying various approaches, techniques and technologies. My vision for the future is that Physical Education will be regarded to be as valuable and essential as, for instance, Biology or Mathematics. The Physical Education classroom as well as extra-curricular activities are a place to create a foundation for a child’s health behavior and his/her perceptions about physical activity. Therefore, I am convinced that topics like a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, sleep, etc. should be taught in school. This could be done in the form of interdisciplinary learning by linking Physical Education to Biology.
In addition to that, extrinsic and intrinsic motivation is the essential key to encourage students to participate in physical activity. Another way of motivating students is by incorporating current trends like an explosion of media and technology in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities by providing, for example technology such as a wii. Students will then be able to experience that physical activity can be fun for everyone, also including children with disabilities. They can make their own choices about what they want to play or do in their breaks, getting motivated by other students who start moving. Students realize that they can learn from each other and that in team sports every single player counts. Physical Education is a great way of naturally teaching students how to interact and collaborate in teams. I hope everyone will see these benefits in the future, so that more money will be provided to invest in future Physical Education Programs in order to show students the wealth of experience they can gain in physical activities.