Morehead State University

Poster Title

Diversity: A Key to Healthy Living in the Appalachian Region: STUDY 2 (Guffey): Envisioning a Healthier Region: Diversity in Physical Education

Institution

Morehead State University

Abstract

So many children miss out on important relationships with those around them because they don’t understand the lesson, are afraid of what the other students may think of them physically, or are worried how their classmates will react if they perform an activity incorrectly. Teaching physical education requires the instructor to be sensitive to how each child learns differently from another, is not always comfortable in every social group, and can have diverse emotional responses to a given situation. It is important to establish an inclusive learning environment for children when encouraging them to participate in physical education. This presentation will provide practical suggestions for removing the mental, physical, and emotional barriers that can prevent children from enjoying and deriving benefit from physical activities, drawing on both current research and the presenter's experience at the Haldeman Community Center After School Program.

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Diversity: A Key to Healthy Living in the Appalachian Region: STUDY 2 (Guffey): Envisioning a Healthier Region: Diversity in Physical Education

So many children miss out on important relationships with those around them because they don’t understand the lesson, are afraid of what the other students may think of them physically, or are worried how their classmates will react if they perform an activity incorrectly. Teaching physical education requires the instructor to be sensitive to how each child learns differently from another, is not always comfortable in every social group, and can have diverse emotional responses to a given situation. It is important to establish an inclusive learning environment for children when encouraging them to participate in physical education. This presentation will provide practical suggestions for removing the mental, physical, and emotional barriers that can prevent children from enjoying and deriving benefit from physical activities, drawing on both current research and the presenter's experience at the Haldeman Community Center After School Program.