Active Bodies, Healthy Minds

  • PED-909
  • 3  Credits
  • Online
  • 4.81 out of 5 stars
    4.81/5.00

What is the Active Bodies, Healthy Minds course?

Teachers will be provided a wealth of information and practical activities for movement-supported learning. Educators will earn 3 graduate-level PD units. Take up to one year to complete this online course!

Who is Active Bodies, Healthy Minds online course for?

This physical education online professional development course is for PE and classroom teachers, grades K-12, who want to help their students become physically fit and in turn, active learners. Recent studies provide compelling evidence that the physical well-being of students has a direct impact on their ability to achieve academically. Research supports the idea that quality daily physical activity can be a factor in improved overall learning. Physical exercises such as spinning, crawling, rolling, tumbling, swinging, and jumping strengthen those areas of the brain that are related to mental concentration, planning, and decision making while aerobic activity seems to assist in memory.

What will you learn in this online PD course for coaches and PE teachers?

The textbook introduces you to 66 activities and games and shows you how to easily modify and extend those to create numerous additional games. Learn techniques to create an endless supply of brain-compatible physical activities while helping your students build cognition, health-related fitness and physical skills. In each activity, students are put in situations where they have to think critically—they learn how to think while they have fun moving. This movement–learning relationship is bolstered by research showing that movement enhances comprehension.

Other topics covered include:

  • Creating lesson plans
  • Activity projects
  • Integrating a thinking curriculum
  • Student-centered teaching style

National Standards

This course is designed to meet the objectives identified in the SHAPE Standards. These national standards are embedded in the activities of the course. Participants will be asked to make connections between their work and these standards or the standards of their own states. The curriculum is aligned with two national standards:

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • SHAPE America's National PE Standards

The required textbook must be acquired separately.

Fresno Pacific University offers a wide range of online PE courses for teachers. Search for more courses today!

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