State of Colorado to change up PE class

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email
kids doing stretching exercises

Kids in gym class at Lamar-Milledge Elementary, September 2, 2009. (WRDW-TV)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The state is making changes at school and even PE class may look a little different next year.

Last Friday teachers in District 51 voiced their concerns about the curriculum, and PE class was top priority. Teachers are worried there's not enough physical activity. So they sent their concerns to the state along with some new recommendations.

Teri Lefebre, a District 51 curriculum specialist, says, "What we're saying is in addition to what you traditionally think as PE class activities they're also going to be involving some emotional and social activities to go along with the different health aspects which is a little new to some of the curriculum we're used to."

Teachers agree that it is important for kids to know how to make healthy eating choices, but in the end they want more physical fitness.

If you would like to add your comments for the state to review visit the Colorado Department of Education Web site by clicking the link below.

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  • by Carla Sassano Location: Grand Junction, CO on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    I am a physical education teacher at Grand Mesa Middle School in Grand Junction, CO. I am very supportive of the changes that may be taking place for physical education standards. I am new to teaching after being a certified personal trainer for 14 years. I chose to enter into the Masters of Sports and Exercise Science program along with teacher license because throughout my years of training a variety of individuals I realized that something is missing in our schools. Not only are our students not getting enough physical activity but our PE teachers are not teaching to the 21st century student. We must get our students and parents to "buy in" to physical education by teaching the benefits of physical activity. My teaching partner and myself have implemented teaching personal and social responsibility as well as health-related fitness to our classes. It is imperative that we, as PE teachers, give our class meaning and reason. It is a crime to me that PE is not mandated in Colorado
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