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Effective Communications

Communication with multiple audiences throughout the year is important. Consider these:

Students - Fitness assessments must be grounded in education. For assessments to have meaning, students must know and understand:

  • Why they are doing the assessment.
  • What the results mean and how to set goals and plan for improvement. That's where the program checklist comes into play.

Parents - Results of fitness assessments:

  • Are personal to each student, which is exactly why parents should be informed of the process and its outcomes. The Parent Resource Guide can be used to help facilitate understanding.
  • Should be shared confidentially with parents with an explanation of what the results mean and ways to maintain or improve their child’s health and fitness by practicing healthy habits.

Administrators - Share information with your school and district administrators to help them understand:

  • Why physical education and fitness education, specifically, are so important
  • The value of fitness assessments as a teaching tool. Before you can do this, you must understand why you are conducting fitness assessments and the different types of assessments (e.g., self-testing, individualized, institutional, etc.).

School Community

  • Let your colleagues know what's happening in your classroom. What you are teaching has relevance to other core subjects at every grade level.
  • Recognizing students using one or more of the award options (or something you create on your own) can be part of a school-wide assembly.