Alabama - PE teaches skills for a healthy life: Standards

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State law requires teaching skills for a healthy life.

Alabama Course of Study: Physical Education Conceptual Framework

The overall goal of Alabama’s K-12 physical education curriculum, represented on the banner at the top of the conceptual framework graphic on page four, is for each student to achieve excellence in physical education. Skill, knowledge, and social development, as well as physical activity and health, are essential for attaining excellence in physical education. Content standards in this document define the minimum required physical education knowledge, skills, and applications for each grade and course. This Grades K-12 program is based on achieving excellence through a quality sequence of instruction.

Alabama Course of Study:Physical Education Conceptual Framework

Skill Development

The skill development strand is aligned with the NASPE standard one. This standard states that the student “demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.” This standard encompasses the following tenets.

  • Movement ability is an essential prerequisite to seeking and obtaining fitness through participation in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Persons who are unskilled tend to avoid participation in physical activity, thereby impairing their ability to obtain beneficial effects of physical activity.
  • Children equipped with skills to participate in a variety of physical activities are essential to the public health goal of promoting a lifetime of physical activity.
  • Active physical participation for every child is essential.
  • Sequential, developmentally appropriate movement skills are essential.
  • Children of all abilities should be provided with a foundation of movement experiences that lead to an active and healthy lifestyle.
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