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Physical Education Curricululm

A key component to any physical education curriculum is fitness testing. Fitness testing is a motivating way for your students to see improvement in themselves and their personal physical fitness throughout the year. Ideally the physical education teacher will conduct fitness testing at least twice a year, in the fall and spring. An additional test period in the winter is a great check-in for the students as well. It is important before beginning any physical fitness testing to review your students medical histories to be aware of any special needs that exist.

There are a number of different test guidelines available, and many states have their own. There is also a national physical fitness testing program available to teachers called The Presidents Challenge. In any of these testing programs, students are tested on their endurance, agility, flexibility and strength. For strength, they might be asked to do sit-ups, often with a partner holding their legs for assistance. The partner will be responsible for counting the number of situps they complete. Strength can also be tested by doing push-ups, pull-ups or a flexed arm hang.

Flexibility is often measured by doing some type of stretch, such as a V-sit and reach. In this exercise the students sit on the floor with their legs in the shape of a V. They reach out with two hands in front of them as far as they can, and their partner records how many inches they can reach in front of them.

Agility and speed can be measured by some type of shuttle run, back and forth between a short distance. Some tests have the students moving a block between the two lines. Endurance is tested by a longer run/walk, usually of a mile in length. The students see how long they can run or walk a mile and their time is recorded.

It is exciting for the students to repeat this testing after the initial time, especially if they have shown improvement. Many programs offer certificates and other motivators. Your physical education curriculum will not be complete without including this very important and FUN component!

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