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Thereʻs More to PE than Jumping Jacks

Posted on February 1, 2015

by Dr. Edna Hussey on February 1, 2015

bike ed.jpgJust this past weekend, at an admission session for parents applying their children to Mid-Pacific, I was describing physical education when I was in elementary school. This may date me, but physical education consisted of running several laps around the perimeter of a large asphalt area, only to return to do cycles of jumping jacks, arm rotations, and head-to-toe stretches. Oh, yes, and kickball games. Today, the physical education program has evolved into a more holistic menu of skills, with an emphasis on health and developing heathy attitudes (see PE teacher Bruce Blackʻs blog The other morning, fifth graders donned helmets and rode bikes through the campus as part of the Bike Education program, organized by a non-profit that provides bike education to public and private schools on Oʻahu. It was reassuring to know that these students are learning about bike safety. This Friday will be Jump Rope for Heart, so more in next weekʻs blog.

Screenshot 2015-02-01 21.11.51.pngWith regard to admissions, I am always humbled by the number of parents who are seeking admission for their children. We will be completing three Saturday play sessions for preschool applicants and have just begun the first of five Saturday sessions for applicants primarily for kindergarten but also for other elementary grades. I have given the admission presentation for over ten years, which focuses on the educational concepts that underpin the elementary program:

  • Every child deserves an educational program that develops all areas: cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical
  • Children develop at varying rates.
  • Learning should be meaningful, relevant, and help us to inform and guide relationships with others, the community, the environment, and the world.
  • Learning is a process.
  • Inquiry is an approach for learning and a mindset.
  • Multiple intelligences is a theory of learning recognizing that all students have the potential to hone their intelligence in many areas (this theory of intelligence is attributed to Howard Garner, Ph.D., who teaches at Harvard): linguistic, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, naturalist, interpersonal, and interpersonal intelligences.
  • The assessment of learning should be based on evidence of learning and gathered in multiple ways in order to provide a more accurate understanding of the child as a learner.
  • We are a community of learners.

There are just so many examples of how these concepts form the foundation of our program! We stand on research-based concepts, all of which continue to strengthen the program, and ultimately, strengthen and support each childʻs learning. If you are a parent of a Mid-Pacific preschool or elementary student, think about one concept from the list and how youʻve seen it applied in your childʻs learning.

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E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.