physical education

IL’s ambassador of physical education

Originally published Aug. 5, 2018 in the Lancaster News.

Coach Honeycutt travels the country spreading his passion

By Hal Millard

Jerry Honeycutt is on a quest, determined to turn the notion of public-school physical education on its ear.

In an era when schools are placing increased emphasis on areas such as math, science and technology to help build a competitive future workforce, PE classes may often be overlooked and undervalued – perhaps even eliminated entirely. But according to Honeycutt, head PE coach at Indian Land High School, physical education can be so much more than kids idly shooting baskets in the gym, the occasional softball game, and an easy A. Read More

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Physical Education: More Than Fun and Games

Originally published July 18, 2018 by the Keene State College News.

Think back to your physical educations classes in elementary school and beyond. If you recall only playing games or doing tedious exercises, you’re not alone. However, today’s physical education classes are different, more exciting, and about much more than fun and games.

“Enjoyment, or fun, is only part of the five standards of physical education,” says Eric Carpenter, assistant professor of human performance and movement sciences. “Fun and games is a stereotype. The goal is to help the whole child learn.” Read More

Benefits of Heart Rate Monitors in Physical Education

IDEA Public Schools Help Students Improve Academically by Maintaining Commitment to Physical Fitness as Complement to Classroom Learning

Teachers and administrators at IDEA Public Schools use PE heart rate training as an essential tool in helping students improve their academic performance.

Throughout IDEA’s network, students manage their physical fitness by wearing adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors. By analyzing that data collected through the heart rate monitors and analyzed with the IHT Spirit System software throughout the year, PE Curriculum Manager Eren Kirskey and IDEA’s PE teachers see students improve in key metrics. Principals and classroom teachers have noticed as well. At several IDEA campuses, leadership has changed its approach to addressing academic interventions for students struggling academically. Read More

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Study: Physical activity ‘key to student mental health’

Originally published July 13, 2018 by Sports Management UK.

By Tom Walker

Getting university students physically active can have a dramatic effect on improving their mental wellbeing, social inclusion, and perceived academic attainment and employability.

According to the British Active Students Survey: 2017/2018 Report, students who are classified as “active” scored better than those classified as fairly active or inactive across four aspects of personal well-being: life satisfaction, feelings of worthwhile, happiness and anxiety. Read More

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PE Assessment Software Connects Fitness to Academic, SEL Progress

Teachers Reinforce Key Fitness, Social-Emotional, Academic Competencies Using PE Assessment Software

Through metrics created in PE assessment software, teachers motivate students to improve their academic and social-emotional learning skills in addition to their physical fitness.

“The ultimate goal is to link fitness with academic performance,” explained Jenice Fagan, the lead PE teacher at Pine Middle School in Reno, Nev. Read More