Become a Physical Education teacher and take action against one of our nation’s most critical health problems. As a P.E. teacher, you play a direct role in the lifetime health of your students. With childhood obesity rates on the rise, it’s more important than ever for young people to understand the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and discover activities they actually enjoy.
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Research shows that healthy children learn more effectively and achieve more academically. If the lessons of lifetime physical activity and healthy food and beverage choices are modeled at home and reinforced in school, children will have the optimal foundation for healthy living.
Physically active and educated children are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Through effective physical education, children learn how to incorporate safe and healthy activities into their lives. Physical education is an integral part of developing the "whole" child in social settings and the learning environment.
Physical education teachers are usually employed to teach children from the kindergarten level through high school. They promote physical activity and well-being through a variety of physical activities and sports. Students also might learn about CPR, first aid and overall health during their physical education period.
Physical education teachers also might serve as coaches for schools' sports teams or as health teachers. They must be physically fit, as most of their days are spent on their feet, and an overall knowledge of sporting and physical activity equipment is necessary.
Physical education teachers must develop lesson plans and prepare props and equipment just as any other teacher would. They must assure that their lesson plans are appropriate and effective for all students.