It all begins with us, the educators.
Sport and Health and Physical Education (HPE) are two different meanings to student learning, development and knowledge. Both as equally important to implement into any school timetable.
But why am I comparing these two? As educators we need to understand the meaning of sport and HPE before we go and deliver our outstanding programs. The language that is use in our programs is crucial to any student learning.
Breaking down the meaning of sport and HPE in our lessons especially in our younger years is a must, so they are aware of the two.
"An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment." Oxford Dictionary.
Examples of sport:
Health and Physical Education:
Well here is a brilliant article breaking down the importance of HPE in all schools. http://www.achper.org.au/documents/item/394
Before introducing 'sport' students need to learn the basic movement skills, understand how to maintain a healthy and active life etc. I'm based in a primary setting and I get frustrated when I hear people say "we have sport today."
No, not sport, it's HPE. Yes schools play inter-school sports competition. They are still in a learning environment, they compete, build on their social skills, resilience, game sense, team work and much more. But these skills don't come naturally to everyone, we as educators incorporate these components into our daily HPE programs.
#physed teachers, we have been employed to guide and teach our students the curriculum of Health and Physical Education. Sport is part of the curriculum, spread the correct use of the language.
It's much better hearing students and teachers say, "we have Health and PE today."
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.