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Physical Education

Ryan Scarfile rscarfile@bcps.org 

Mary Hughes mhughes6@bcps.org


"Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their
capacity when the body is healthy and strong." 
John F. Kennedy

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A Balanced Physical Education Program is Intended To:

  • Instill in students an appreciation for physical activity and promote the “joy of effort” while providing an element of fun and enjoyment through participation.
  • Aid students in attaining levels of skill development that will allow them to participate more competently in physical activities.
  • Encourage and foster the development and maintenance of personal physical fitness.
  • Assist students in developing social skills and attitudes including independence, responsibility, leadership, cooperation, fair play or spirit of sport, and appreciation of the capabilities and limitations of self and others.
  • Help students to develop attitudes, concepts, and values that will assist in problem-solving and decision-making in light of both individual ideals and the customs and values of the home and the community.

 

-Brain Development and Physical Activity-

Brain research literature indicates that there are important relationships between physical activity, brain development, and cognitive performance. From preschool through the elementary years, children need a variety of physical education activities which develop basic motor skills associated with human movement, such as: maintaining balance with changes in body positions; walking, running, jumping; changing the speed of movement; and changing the direction of movement. It is particularly important that these motor skills be developed and continually reinforced before the age of 10, in order to develop and reinforce as many motor pathways as possible before synaptic downsizing occurs. Research indicates that from birth to age 10, sensory and motor experiences play a significant role in stimulating synaptic connections between neurons which guide brain development. At about age 10, the brain begins a period of prioritization. The strongest synapses are preserved. Research indicates that sensory and motor experiences play a prominent role in reinforcing and strengthening connections. Brain research clearly suggests the importance of physical education and its relationship to improved academic performance.

Contact me at rscarfile@bcps.org