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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: I heard this Cyndi Lauper song on the drive to SPARK this morning, and thought about how much we are asked to quantify and evaluate every little thing our students do these days. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for assessment and having standards to guide instruction, yet I wonder if sometimes we’re losing sight of what makes kids (and Cyndi) want to be active in the first place — having fun?

Sure, that’s one of the differences between physical education and physical activity, yet, as physical educators, isn’t it possible for us to get so caught up in assessment and demonstrating student learning that our classes become counterproductive? Ultimately don’t we really want students to move and enjoy it without feeling we’re counting every little step they take (last pop culture reference I promise…)? And I think Cyndi knows boys just wanna have fun too. Please think about the mixed message and share your thoughts with us.

Fitness for Fitness Teachers: I always enjoy my annual trip to Florida AAHPERD and spending time laughing with Patty Lanier. Patty is one of our terrific SPARK trainers and after a 20-year career teaching elementary PE, she went to the University of Central Florida where she instructs methods classes to future teachers — among many other things. Patty and I workout together in the am before the conference and discuss our pet peeve: Why aren’t more of our colleagues in the gym with us? It’s obvious when you attend conferences that many of our best and brightest are not exactly scoring 10’s in the role model department. Patty and I think we need to walk the talk. What do YOU think? Should NASPE sponsor some type of recognition for physical educators who maintain healthy lifestyles (consistent training schedules, BMI”s within respectable limits, etc,)? Should we have to submit to testing like our students and achieve a certain fitness standard? Aren’t fire and police people required to stay in shape to do their jobs?
Let us know YOUR thoughts.

-Paul Rosengard

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