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Design Pattern: Physical Fitness
 
 

Physical Fitness

Why do schools focus so much on sports and so little on physical fitness?

Physical FitnessWhile sports have universal appeal, and schools should encourage all those who are interested to play sports, it is a well-known fact that only a tiny fraction of students who participate in sports during school actually continue to pursue sports as a physical activity after school. Beyond this problem, it is also important to remember that only a small percentage of a school’s total population can participate in its sports teams.

What happens to the rest of the students? They are relegated to boring “gym” periods with listless (and often forced) physical activity. The way to attack these problems for to develop physical fitness programs in school that students can continue to utilize throughout their life.

To learn more, order The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools (Nair, Fielding)


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Traditional Classroom

Learning Studio

Learning Suite

Small Learning Community

Welcoming Entry

Student Display Space

Home Base and Individual Storage

Physical Fitness

Science Labs, Art Labs, and Life Skills Areas

Art, Music, Performance

Casual Eating Areas

Transparency

Interior and Exterior Vistas

Dispersed Technology

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Furniture: Soft Seating

Flexible Spaces

Campfire Space

Watering Hole Space

Cave Space

Designing for Multiple Intelligences

Daylight and Solar Energy

Natural Ventilation

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Local Signature

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