UPDATE: Since writing this post, the course on Udemy has been taken down, which is a shame because it was an awesome course. I’ve contacted the course creators, but they are using the content for another initiative and aren’t planning on re-opening it… sorry guys. I left the post up, because it still might be helpful in giving you some ideas.
UPDATE #2: It looks like the same Course is also available here if you want to check it out (Fit For Life Course)
So I’m guessing many of you Phys Ed folks are looking for quick and easy ways to integrate some health and nutrition concepts into your classes, am I right?
Last year when I was teaching, I wanted to try and integrate some more health concepts into our Physical Education curriculum. I knew that not many kids were getting health content in the classroom and I wanted to find a way to introduce some concepts in a fun, quick and interesting way. I really wanted kids to start to understand the science behind the importance of Physical Literacy.
Ultimately I want them to leave my school knowing that exercise and healthy eating impacts every other area of their life in a positive way.
After doing some research I found these really cool whiteboard drawing videos created by a company called Life Dojo Learn. They are offered through an online learning company called Udemy where people can create courses and sell them through the Udemy Online Platform. So I bought a course from called “Fit for Life: The Science of Exercise”, you can check out a preview video at the affiliate link below:
I bought this course and tested it out last year with my 5th graders. It consisted of 16 short whiteboard videos and a small PDF workbook that helped the students work on developing a personal activity plan. I showed my kids one video after our daily warmup and we talked about the concepts for a few minutes after the video was over.
I really loved the conversations that the videos helped me bring up with my students. Honestly, I learned a lot through the course as well and it helped me remember the WHY behind the importance of Physical Education.
Here are a few reasons I think this is a great course to integrate into your PE curriculum:
- The videos are short, well designed, funny and engaging (3-6 minutes each)
- Each video talks about some pretty incredible scientific research relating exercise to:
- Emotional Health
- Physical Health
- Cognitive Health
- The PDF student workbook was a nice built in assessment and gave me a way to measure student learning and also a portfolio to give students after the series was over.
- Each video builds on the previous and it was well structured with a great overview of personal fitness and the benefits of exercise.
- You can get a video download of each episode, making it easy to watch without having to depend on the internet or wifi in your gym.
If you decide to try this course out with your kids, feel free to download my notes on the course below. They are pretty simple and just include things like topic, video length and questions that I asked my students after each video.
Also, here are a few student examples from the Student Workbook:
One question was what is your default future without regular exercise?
Then the students wrote what their new future would look like with regular exercise…
If you like the Fit for Life Course you should also check out the developers other health related courses, I’ve gone through the Healthy Eating Course personally and really enjoyed it. I plan on using a few of the videos with my students this year. It gives a great overview of basic nutrition and the way the body digests food. It emphasizes the importance of eating whole foods and checking ingredients labels on what you buy. The tagline of the course is You Are What You Eat.
I think it would be perfect for Middle or High School level in a situation where students see the teacher more often than once a week. I included my personal notes from this course as well. You can check out the details at the affiliate link below. If you try it out out – let me know how it goes.
Update: The course is no longer available… but you can still check out my notes below…
I hope you find these resources as useful as I have personally and professionally.
If you do take any of them, let me know what you think – Have a great week!