I am a physical educator, part of brother(sister)hood of people who are fighting for our professional careers and who are on the front lines of the war on obesity. I say we are fighting for our profession because in so many schools around the nation budget cuts are eliminating physical education classes. Many education boards have deemed gym class as expendable; a non-relevant subject that our children can do without. Boy, are they wrong.
I don’t need to go on about the obesity crisis in our country. We see it everyday when we go to the mall, ride the subway, or pass a McDonald’s restaurant. We see morbidly obese people that continue their unhealthy lifestyles and are blissfully ignorant about the serious health implications that will occur in the near future. These people pass down unhealthy habits from generation to generation as the vicious cycle continues.
So, who can we call on to save our country? Superman? Spider-man? Wonder-woman? No, we need PHYSICAL EDUCATORS!! And we need to stick together to win this fight!
I have always tried to make connections and network with people in my field but until now I have never used the instrument of the Internet as a networking tool. Here’s what I have found so far:
Top 50 Physical Educators on Twitter – I have browsed through all these accounts and they are full of great ideas from great people all around the world. These people are motivated and are passionate about physical education, exercise, and youth sports. I have followed them all and hope to engage in conversation and exchange ideas.
@NTAAHPERD – found this organization on Twitter. AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, recreation, fitness, dance, and health education.
@NASPE – The National Association of Sport and Physical Education is the national authority. This organization sets standards that all P.E. teachers must follow and adhere to.
@PEgeeks– A collaboration of ideas and resources from PE teachers throughout the world, aimed at engaging learners & raising standards
This is a great new organization that I just found on Twitter, reading stuff like this gives me chills and makes me proud to be a physical educator.