This past summer, Nate Babcock, coordinator of PYLUSD’s elementary physical education (PE) program and PE teacher at Fairmont Elementary School, traveled to Beijing, China, as part of a cultural exchange program coordinated by the Chaoyang District Education Committee in Beijing.
Nate led a five-day workshop with 30 Chinese elementary PE teachers from various schools in the Chaoyang district. The primary purpose of the workshop was to deliver an “American” and “Californian” approach to elementary physical education. Nate also shared the PE curriculum that we have adopted in PYLUSD with his Chinese counterparts.
The PYLUSD PE program is designed to provide experiences in movement that enhance the physical, mental and social/emotional well-being of every student, including special education students and English-language learners. It is taught by credentialed specialists with the assistance of trained aides. Together, they teach structured lessons that are developmentally appropriate in skill development, wellness concepts, basic anatomy, character education and physical fitness. Goals of the program include social development, movement skills and knowledge and self-image and personal development.
“I enjoyed the experience, and the participants seemed to also,” said Nate. “They were very appreciative of the opportunity to learn from someone with a different perspective. I learned quite a bit as well!”