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High School Gym Classes Get a 21st-Century Makeover (these high schools use technology and the outdoors to encourage students to be more active) by Alexandra Pannoni (US News)

Fun — not winning — essential to keep kids in sports by Hoai-Tran Bui (USA TODAY). If keeping students engaged in sports is the key to improving their health, then a recent study suggests that students should focus less on winning and more on having fun. Researchers at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., found that the primary reason that students reported dropping out of sports is because it stopped being fun. 

Junk Food May Be “Addictive” to Kids by Eliza Gray (TIME)

Morton students make health, fitness part of daily routine by Rob Earnshaw (NWI Times)

Outdoor Exercise is more Beneficial than Indoor for Children: Study by Kathleen Lees (Science World Report)

School district to step it up with 4,200 pedometers by Andrew Potter  (Times-Republican)

Should Kids Get A Trophy For Showing Up? by Cory Turner (nprEd).This article explores whether students should receive trophies for participating in sports and other activities, calling on psychology professors to offer their opinions. Critics say trophies should be given for something, even if it's displaying a positive team attitude. Supporters say there's no evidence that the practice is harmful. 

Learning To Move, Moving To Learn: The Benefits Of PE by Eric Westervelt (nprEd). Physical activities for students should be designed to be fun and develop motor skills and socialization, says Gregory Myer, who recently published a paper on the topic. In this interview, he addresses some areas for change. "Endurance activities are not successful plans to capture how kids should be moving and playing," he says.

U.S. schools develop a nicer version of gym class by Michael Chandler (Washington Post)

When Kids Start Playing To Win by Cory Turner (NPR Ed). Children begin to flex their competitive muscle around age five, according to some researchers. Yet, the capacity to process failure develops later, which means young children need coping support, researchers say. The coach of a youth swim group urges swimmers to focus on improving skills instead of besting the other swimmers. 




NSW Department of Education and Communities:

a. Video Links - of all the fundamental movement skills
b. 'Fundamental Movement Skills in Action': a free pdf resource containing 144 teaching cards - 12 cards for each of the 12 fundamental movement skills. For each skill, the teaching cards are numbered from 1 (easiest) to 12 (hardest). Each card provides activities for one PE lesson. 


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