Physical Education and Health

Butter Beans of New York City helps schools provide more nutritious meals to their students.

What kids eat at school is getting a lot more scrutiny these days. Schools often (though not always) serve the cheapest, most heavily processed meals. Since the controversy about “pink slime” in the meat served in school lunches a few years ago, many parents have grown increasingly worried about school food quality. That’s the backdrop… Read More

If you teach long enough, you’ll eventually be asked to work with a student who is battling drug and alcohol addiction — either personally or through their families. The latest studies from the National Institutes of Health have noted a sharp drop-off in illicit alcohol, tobacco and drug use by America’s teens in the past… Read More

How Teachers Can Fight Fatigue

By Brian Gatens May 18, 2015

Teaching, when done properly, is physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. Fatigue is inevitable when you’re responsible for children who don’t have an “off” switch and always hope to be engaged, and you’re dealing with the relentless demands of crafting engaging lesson plans, grading papers and communicating with families. You’re bound to find yourself dragging from… Read More

Tips for Teachers Working With Medically Fragile Students

By Brian Gatens November 20, 2014

When I tell people that one of my earliest post-college jobs was volunteer director at a camp for children with cancer, I usually get what I call the “sad head shake.” This is, of course, the natural reaction of someone who thinks that such a camp is a dark and difficult place. Instead, it was… Read More

Ah, the holidays…. For all the fun and joy the holidays are supposed to bring, the months of November and December have always struck me as perhaps the two most stressful months of the school year. Weather turns cooler, days become shorter and far-flung families, some with their own issues, come together for holiday meals… Read More

Mental Fitness, Inc. is a non-profit company dedicated to improving and sustaining mental, emotional and physical health for students from all backgrounds. According to founder and CEO Robyn Hussa Farrell, the organization has a unique approach to mental health issues that affect students. “There are many [programs] that assist in intervention, but not in primary,… Read More

I try my best to keep this blog focused on the big things in education, such as attention to craft, communicating effectively and living up to the ideals of our profession. And as I do that, I hear a crescendo of beautiful music in the background as I think of our important work with our… Read More

A New Coach's Survival Guide

By Brian Gatens September 19, 2013

What kinds of teachers make good coaches? It’s not just the athletically inclined. The very best teachers — especially for those who work with younger children — truly thrive on the experience of interacting with young people. That requires special attitudes and skills that often apply to leading a team, which is why so many… Read More

4 Preschool Fitness Lesson Plan Examples

By The Room 241 Team March 6, 2013

Fitness lesson plans during preschool help young kids get off to a strong start in their awareness of physical health. Ideally, some sort of fitness plan should be a part of every early childhood education curriculum. Teachers are able to introduce students to the many benefits of regular exercise, cultivating healthy habits early on. Some… Read More

Before science provided the evidence needed to confirm its importance, health education was recognized as being a vital part of every K-12 curriculum. Educators have always understood, for example, that physically healthy and active students were better able to learn. The key to any effective school health curriculum has to be a high degree of… Read More

For educators, designing an effective physical education (P.E.) curriculum for elementary school can be both fun and frustrating. Young students are typically motivated to run and play, but creating a curriculum that meets necessary school and state requirements can sometimes be difficult. Below are four ideas for developing a basic elementary school physical education program… Read More

Introducing healthy activities and behaviors to your students should not be an afterthought, but all too often teachers sacrifice these important opportunities to focus on the more pressing — and formally tested — areas of math and language arts. It’s as if teachers are, once again, caught in that trap of sacrificing what is most… Read More

Learning About Nutrition in the Classroom: Tips for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team October 15, 2012

As concerns about childhood obesity increase, teachers must find strategies to encourage healthy nutrition, a balanced diet and physical activity in the classroom. Teachers need to get creative when it comes to learning about nutrition because it is a vital part of providing a healthy foundation for future generations. Keep lessons simple While the goal of… Read More

Health Teacher Careers: Job, Education and Salary Information

By The Room 241 Team October 4, 2012

Health teachers instruct pupils on good hygiene, safe sex, effects of drug or alcohol abuse and why physical fitness is a must for a healthy life. They may take students to farms to show them where their milk comes from or how they get their eggs. They may take students to a dairy or bakery… Read More

Physical education teachers are vital to learning as they contribute to the overall improvement of education across America. Physical education teachers help students stay mentally fit, raise the bar for making healthy choices throughout life, and build character — from elementary school into adulthood. If you’re passionate about giving children, adolescents, or young adults the… Read More