Physical Activity vs. Phys. Ed.

Physical Activity is any activity in which your body is engaged in physically. But Physical Education is much more than participating in physical activity. It is about learning how to be involved in ways that benefit you most. It is about exploring different opportunities, whether that be team sports, individual sports, or fitness-based activities. It’s about learning the physiology of the body and the impact on the brain and making good choices that lead to a long and healthy life.

Your Physical Education teachers are not just your teachers. They are your personal trainers.

“If physical education class can be used to instruct kids how to monitor and maintain their own health and fitness, then the lessons they learn will serve them for life. And probably a longer and happier life at that. What’s being taught, really is a lifestyle.”

John Ratey
Author of Spark and the “Godfather” of the PE revolution

Beyond Dodgeball

Gone are the days of the harrowing gym class where children feared being picked last or getting pegged by a dodgeball. Instead, the classes in BVSD are truly about physical education; to learn strategies and skills that students can use to create a successful and lifelong approach to their own fitness and physical wellness.

“Wellness in Action” is the name of our high school comprehensive physical education course, but it is also the mission for Physical Education in Boulder Valley. Classes are designed to teach students about concepts in physical education and to coach them through the various skills needed in a wide variety of activity.


Learn about wellness and the benefits of training and fitness from these Prezis created by Monique Guidry, named 2015 High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators of Colorado.