Watching the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer was inspiring and motivational. With the USA bringing home 104 Olympic medals, with 46 of them gold, it makes you want to dust off that sports equipment and hit the gym.
While watching the Olympics you may have noticed how young many of them are. To fit their demanding training schedules, many of these Olympians under 18 attend school online. A flexible schedule helps many of these young world-class competitors manage the demands of school, training, and international competition.
But what if your student doesn’t have what it takes to be Olympic bound? Let’s face it- even with a new swimsuit and lap after lap in the pool some of us will never be Missy Franklin. What if your goals are just learn to love exercise and develop a healthy lifestyle? Or, to simply to get your PE credits and graduate high school? Which raises the big question- How does a student do PE online?
At Provost Academy Colorado, an online state charter high school, we answer that question for many of our students. Physical education has two components, learning about health and fitness concepts and the necessary components for a healthy lifestyle, and doing actual physical activity.
Students will learn the concepts in online classes and will perform physical activities which they will record in a fitness journal. Students may also be able to fulfill state physical education requirements through participation on local athletic teams or individual sports. Students can also participate in many sports that are not offered in a traditional brick and mortar PE classroom.
Grayson Bagnell is an online student taking advantage of the flexibility.
“I really enjoy the fitness class partly because I’m good at it. I love to do free running or parkour. My biggest hero is free runner Damien Walters,” said Bagnell.
Many students enjoy not being stuck in the classroom where they can have the freedom to hike Colorado’s 14ers, participate in rodeos and ride bulls, snowboard and ski, and participate in Tae Kwon Do classes.
Ian Jones, Executive Director of Provost Academy, finds that many of the students stick with their exercise program long term because they are doing activities they enjoy.
“They are able to meet their goals of daily exercise and are installing the value of a healthy lifestyle. That’s winning a gold medal for a lifetime,” said Jones.