Blended Learning (the "flipped classroom") is a formal education program in which a student, while attending a "brick-and-mortar" school structure, learns in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of control over individual learning style.
High school physical education is an excellent fit for blended learning because of the participation oriented nature of the class. Students experience a balanced academic curriculum of lifelong fitness skills completing online lessons, assignments, and assessments outside class leaving more time for physical activity during class. The PE class becomes the "lab" where fitness lessons learned online can be put into practice.
Theory or practice? It's real and proven! Blended learning is used by thousands of students in many great schools.
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New teacher evaluation rubrics favor the traditional classroom offering little accommodation for
unique teaching environments like gymnasiums, pools, fields, and courts.
RISE-like evaluation systems create conflict between two important objectives:
increased physical activity versus increased academic instruction. Blended learning allows educators to excel at both.
Measured learning / measured outcomes: In a world demanding more data on student performance, the use of iPE gives teachers the formative and summative assessments necessary for all domains in the teacher evaluation process.
Individualized learning: With blended learning, teachers have more time to reinforce fitness knowledge through more individualized learning opportunities.
The students (what students are saying) or the teachers? It's difficult to tell who likes iPE more. Students enjoy the ability to learn at their own pace in their own way. Regardless of a student's past experience with physical activity, Interactive PE can meet the teenager where they are in the fitness journey and guide them on a better fitness path. Interactive PE gives teachers more flexibility to create more relevant and enjoyable classes. Oh, parents are smiling more too! Contact us to request a case study of iPE in action.
Despite best efforts, the health of today's youth continues to decline. Child obesity has tripled in the last generation and type 2 diabetes is on the rise. We have never faced a more critical need to to encourage young people to embrace fitness as a life skill. Why? Research proves that regular physical activity improves personal health, social skills, behavior, happiness, and learning. In fact, better physical education may be the most effective way to make advancements in academic test scores.