The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) believes that every student in our nation's schools, from kindergarten through grade 12, should have the opportunity to participate in quality physical education. It is the unique role of quality physical education programs to develop the health-related fitness, physical competence, and cognitive understanding about physical activity for all students so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles. Today's quality physical education programs are important because they provide learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of youngsters, which help improve a child's mental alertness, academic performance, readiness to learn and enthusiasm for learning.
Middle School Physical Education
As NASPE states, the middle school student is ready to experience a wide variety of applications of fundamental movements, including traditional sports, adventure activities, and lifetime or leisure-oriented activities. It is during this period when students are capable of refining, combining and applying a variety of sport-related and lifetime skills. Students may explore after-school opportunities for specialized or/and competitive physical activity programs.
Rapid growth during the pre-adolescent years may affect students’ interests, choices, and activity patterns. Therefore physical education programs offer a variety of activities to meet and expand student interests. Fitness development becomes more systematic. Students develop specific fitness components, set goals and assess personal fitness levels.
Middle school students are provided the equivalent of one class period per day of physical education for one semester of each year for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8.
In Pinellas County, there are a variety of course offerings for Middle School students:
• Physical Fitness
• Educational Gymnastics/Dance
• Team Sports
• Outdoor Pursuits/Aquatics
• Individual/Dual Sports
• Extreme/Alternative Sports
Using the Being Fit Matters
tool, fitness testing is administered twice a semester for all students in 6-8 grade. Information can be found under the Being Fit Matters
link which includes the Parent Notification letter.
Student instruction is based on Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards:Strand: Cognitive Abilities
Standard 1: Identify, analyze, and evaluate movement concepts, mechanical principles, safety considerations, and strategies/tactics regarding movement performance in a variety of physical activities. Strand: Lifetime Fitness
Standard 1: Participate regularly in physical activity.
Standard 2: Develop and implement a personal fitness program to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.Strand: Movement Competency
Standard 1: Demonstrate competency in many and proficiency in a few movement forms from a variety of categories. Strand: Responsible Behaviors and values
Standard 1: Exhibit responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Standard 2: Value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.