Finding meaning in middle school physical education

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The article proposes ways to create meaningful movement experiences for middle school students. The age group has to be recognized and appreciated for its adolescent phase, as well as given appropriate activities for their developmental characteristics. The meaningful movement experiences should consist of pedagogical and student-centered practices that engage students on a physical, intellectual, social and emotional level. The cooperative learning (CL) model of Perkins (1999) and the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) instructional model are mentioned.

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Pagnano, K. B. (2006). Finding meaning in middle school physical education. Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 17(4), 12-14.