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Teaching and Promoting Fitness and Wellness

Excerpt from EL Education's Core Practices: A Vision for Improving Schools

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EL Education

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  • Adventure and Wellness
  • Character Education
  • Classroom Instruction

EL Education promotes wellness in students and school staff members. Healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and healthy relationships - the key elements of physical and mental health - are an essential part of school culture, practices, and structures.

EL Education promotes wellness in students and school staff members. Healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and healthy relationships-the key elements of physical and mental health-are included as part of a school’s wellness approach. The physical education program places a strong emphasis on personal fitness and nutrition and character development, and reinforces the EL school culture of respect, responsibility, and achievement. Physical activity and outdoor time are woven into the school day whenever possible and appropriate (e.g., walking to fieldwork research sites, setting up and cleaning classrooms and common spaces, using physical energizer breaks to enhance academic work times). Experiences in the natural world-working in and appreciating nature-are a priority for students in EL schools. Physical challenges push students to pursue excellence and assume responsibility for their own learning. Teachers help students understand the connections between physical challenge and academic challenge. Schools provide healthy meals to students and discourage unhealthy foods. Crews emphasize the importance of wellness and are stewards of a climate of social and emotional safety for students. Crew meetings and school staff explicitly support students to understand and monitor dangers to wellness posed by alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, as well as unhealthy relationships. School staff models healthy lifestyles and a healthy school culture.

A. Fitness and Wellness Process

  1. Teachers promote fitness and wellness through modeling and instruction in a variety of aspects of physical and mental health, including food, exercise, sleep, and relaxation. Teachers engage students in understanding and addressing dangers to a healthy life.
  2. The school collects data to demonstrate progress toward fitness and wellness goals.
  3. Physical education programs support students in the fitness and wellness process.
  4. Outdoor education programs and outdoor challenges, as well as individual and team sports, are explicitly connected to fitness, wellness, and character development.
  5. Physical education teachers focus on students’ strengths and help each student experience success in achieving improved fitness and wellness.
  6. Crew leaders and school counselors support a school culture of social and emotional safety and health.

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Created By

EL Education

Topic

  • Adventure and Wellness
  • Character Education
  • Classroom Instruction

EL Education promotes wellness in students and school staff members. Healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and healthy relationships - the key elements of physical and mental health - are an essential part of school culture, practices, and structures.

EL Education promotes wellness in students and school staff members. Healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and healthy relationships-the key elements of physical and mental health-are included as part of a school’s wellness approach. The physical education program places a strong emphasis on personal fitness and nutrition and character development, and reinforces the EL school culture of respect, responsibility, and achievement. Physical activity and outdoor time are woven into the school day whenever possible and appropriate (e.g., walking to fieldwork research sites, setting up and cleaning classrooms and common spaces, using physical energizer breaks to enhance academic work times). Experiences in the natural world-working in and appreciating nature-are a priority for students in EL schools. Physical challenges push students to pursue excellence and assume responsibility for their own learning. Teachers help students understand the connections between physical challenge and academic challenge. Schools provide healthy meals to students and discourage unhealthy foods. Crews emphasize the importance of wellness and are stewards of a climate of social and emotional safety for students. Crew meetings and school staff explicitly support students to understand and monitor dangers to wellness posed by alcohol, drugs, and tobacco, as well as unhealthy relationships. School staff models healthy lifestyles and a healthy school culture.

A. Fitness and Wellness Process

  1. Teachers promote fitness and wellness through modeling and instruction in a variety of aspects of physical and mental health, including food, exercise, sleep, and relaxation. Teachers engage students in understanding and addressing dangers to a healthy life.
  2. The school collects data to demonstrate progress toward fitness and wellness goals.
  3. Physical education programs support students in the fitness and wellness process.
  4. Outdoor education programs and outdoor challenges, as well as individual and team sports, are explicitly connected to fitness, wellness, and character development.
  5. Physical education teachers focus on students’ strengths and help each student experience success in achieving improved fitness and wellness.
  6. Crew leaders and school counselors support a school culture of social and emotional safety and health.

Download this resource to read the full text.

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