Harry Wong
Dec 2017
Vol 14 No 4

In Support of Physical Education, Recess – Quotes, and Articles

By Teachers.Net News Desk

“Good health is not an add-on to a good education. Our children need to be healthy to be prepared to learn, and we know active students are better able to engage in the classroom and excel academically. We need more of our schools creating environments that promote physical activity and play and encourage our students to get moving.” -Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan


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


“Exercise and recreation are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning.”   – Thomas Jefferson


“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy



Physical Education Lessons Plans in Teachers.Net Lesson Bank

Physical Education Teachers Chatboard – Teachers.Net

How Does Physical Activity Affect Academic Performance? Active Living Research says, “In some cases, more time in physical education leads to improved grades and standardized test scores.” In schools that are under government mandates to bridge the achievement gap (and when those mandates encourage “teaching to the test”), physical education can actually help improve the students’ scores. Unfortunately, many schools cut physical education and PE funding with the belief that more rigid classroom time would somehow stimulate students to learn more. It’s an incorrect belief, and there’s scientific evidence to prove it.

The Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education, and Academic Performance [PDF]

Healthy Schools: Physical Activity – CDC

Why Recess is Important – The role of recess in child development – University of Rochester Medical Center, Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics & Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

Physical activity may help kids do better in school, studies say – Washington Post

Learning Through Play – Education does not stop when recess begins. – The Atlantic

Videos and articles on the importance of recess and play

Guidelines and resources for brain breaks, classroom based activities, and recess–recess.html

20 Movement Activities for the Classroom PART 1 – by Leah Davies

Part 2 – 20 Additional activities




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