Active Living Strategy #8: Provide Professional Development of Staff to Improve Physical Education Instruction in Schools

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Active Living Strategy #8: Provide Professional Development of Staff to Improve Physical Education Instruction in Schools

When teachers are trained and feel confident about teaching physical education, the kids benefit from greater physical activity. Training classroom teachers to teach developmentally appropriate physical education has been effective in increasing the amount of time students are physically active.

 

Programs designed to train classroom teachers to teach developmentally appropriate physical education have been effective in increasing the amount of time students are physically active. Trained teachers have the potential to increase the quality and intensity of physical education. By supporting staff’s professional development to enhance physical education instruction, schools equip teachers to lead more effective physical education classes. Consequently, students become more active during physical education classes. Teachers have also reported satisfaction with the training and increased self-confidence in teaching physical education.




References

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