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Relevant Elementary Physical Education (EDMA 272)

Course Overview

3 Semester Hours of Credit

This course will help you understand the research behind movement and learning and how you can put more relevance into organized, well-managed lessons. You will learn strategies to help anchor learning with a variety of movement-based activities that can be used daily in physical education. In addition, you will read or see activities that teach children how to learn and move at the same time. Exercise can help the brain decrease the amount of mental stress that can cause lapses in learning. You will learn to develop an action plan to creatively implement activities that will easily supplement what you already teach without changing your whole curriculum.


  • Ratey, J. J. (2008), Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group USA.
  • Summerford, C. (2009), Action-packed classrooms K-5: Using movement to educate and invigorate learners. (2nd ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.


Lori Smith, Physical Educator for 18 years
2007 Black Hawk County (Iowa) Gold Star Teacher
2001 Iowa Elementary Physical Educator of the Year
National Presenter


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