School of Allied Health Sciences Brings New Approach on PE to Campus

Dr. Bob Pangrazi with Jane Shimon, professor for the Department of Kinesiology
Dr. Bob Pangrazi with Jane Shimon, professor for the Department of Kinesiology

The School of Allied Health Sciences was thrilled to host distinguished lecturer, Robert Pangrazi, professor emeritus at Arizona State University (ASU), who came to Boise State University on April 15-16 to share his approach to teaching physical education (PE) during the many stages of a child’s education.

Photo of Bob Pangrazi speaking at the Luncheon

Pangrazi is known for his presentations surrounding PE as he has published over 50 textbooks and 100 research articles on this topic written during his  32 years as an ASU PE professor. Pangrazi since then has been a keynote speaker at nearly 400 national and international conferences sharing his views and emphasizing the magnitude of influence that teachers and parents have on children and the future health of our society. He regularly conducts training sessions for schools and universities, and is highly regarded as a motivational speaker.

During Pangrazi’s two day visit, the campus community and the public were invited to his keynote presentation on “It’s Not What You Teach, But How You Teach.” The keynote gave attendees insight on his approach to teaching PE, especially in an elementary school setting, which is globally recognized and used in hundreds of public, private and charter schools across the U.S. The presentation impacted more than just PE teachers as parents and other people who have an influence on children’s lives felt inspired and better educated on how to keep today’s children happy and healthy.

Additionally, Pangrazi spoke to almost 100 PE teachers from schools within the Treasure Valley and Department of Kinesiology students, faculty, and staff at an intimate luncheon on April 16. His presentation titled “Three Things” gave those who attended a lecture on the three biggest factors to remember when teaching PE to children in elementary and middle school. Teachers left the luncheon with a better idea of how to approach PE and lesson planning for younger students.

Bob Pangrazi left, and Bob Wood right.
Bob Pangrazi left, and Bob Wood right.

“Our nation is currently facing epidemics of childhood obesity and related diseases such as diabetes. Furthermore, the imperative for children to move extends to their cognitive and emotional development and health,” said Bob Wood, director for the School of Allied Health Sciences. “We were honored to host Bob Pangrazi as he helped create awareness and shared his approach on how to better the lives of our children.”