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Walking for Fitness

3 Credits

What is Walking for Fitness?

Walking for Fitness is an online professional development course that is designed to stress the importance of cardiovascular, muscular and mental fitness development for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and your students. The course will help teachers and administrators acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for physical fitness through participation in a carefully monitored walking program. A variety of instructional information and teaching strategies for classroom use is provided.

Who should enroll in Walking for Fitness?

This PE course is for subject-specific teachers, coaches or for any educator interested in integrating lessons on walking into their curriculum. Educators, in grades 5-14, will learn how to analyze their school’s environment and develop strategies for teaching walking in ways that directly address physical education standards.

What will you learn in this online PE course?

This course will directly impact your personal fitness as well as your students. Topics such as nutrition, fitness walk test, warming up and cooling down are covered. Evidence of learning is tied directly to stated objectives and is assessed via personal logs of scheduled fitness walks, fulfilled “fitness walking contracts,” student-taught lessons, a personal dietary journal and a written fitness evaluation. Learning modalities may include videos, podcasts, worksheets, online activities, journal articles and other resources.

National Standards

This professional development course for coaches and teachers is aligned with three national standards:

  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)
  • SHAPE America's National PE Standards
  • Common Core State Standards

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Carla Shearer

Carla Shearer has been in education her whole adult life.  Carla earned her degree from the University of New Mexico, majoring in Physical Education with a Biology minor.  Carla also played on the women’s golf team for the Lobos.  Later she earned her master in education administration from the University of San Francisco. She began her career teaching at a private school in Fresno, CA and from there she went to Fresno Pacific University where she taught physical education and health classes as well as supervised student teachers.  She started the women’s basketball program at Fresno Pacific and was the first coach. Carla is also an accomplished writer where her poems and short stories have been in publications such as Stories for the Heart. Carla’s passion is golf and plays as much as time allows.  She is a USGTF professional golf instructor and gets great satisfaction out of seeing people improve their golf game. Carla is married to Roland Shearer and have two grown children and one granddaughter.