Being part of a student’s opportunity to participate in physical education is a unique and tangible experience and one that I’ve been grateful for over the past three years. The more time I spend with children in a PhysEd setting, I quickly come to learn that students want more than just 'gym'. I continue to discover that children thrive to participate in games that challenge them both physically and mentally, and in activities that have relevance to their everyday lives.
Enter ‘Physical Literacy’
Students of Panorama Hills School see this relevance daily by participating in lessons designed to promote their development of physical literacy. Like the ability to read various forms of text – magazine, newsprint, and digital media – physical literacy is a person’s ability to move confidently and competently in a verity of physical activities. This certainly isn’t a short-lived journey, rather one that takes time, even years. Climbing ladders, walking on ice, falling and getting back up are all examples of these everyday tasks whose importance I’ve learned reaches far beyond the walls of our school ... and that’s what drives me, our students and many others within our PhysEd community.
Today, like most days, I continue to learn how capable and eager young children are at leading a healthy and active lifestyle and how fortunate I am to be part of this great journey.