It’s the end of the grading period and you’re getting ready to fill out hundreds of student report cards. What are you feeling right now? If you’re like a lot PE teachers, you’re feeling the stress mounting as you prepare to tackle this monumental task. Maybe assessment isn’t one of your strengths, and so you haven’t collected much concrete data to really substantiate your grades. So, what do you do? The answer to this question isn’t something most PE teachers care to discuss openly, although it should be. I want to share with you how I leverage technology in Phys Ed to eliminate subjectivity in my grading and utilize a more data-driven, objective approach. Here is how I break it down… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Last year our students had a blast doing a week of scooter riding during PE class. This lifetime activity and pre-cursor to riding a bicycle, was very well received and I'm excited to be able borrow all the scooters from Mill Creek Elementary School again this year. We will be running this unit the week of April 6-13 during regular PE classes in the gymnasium. Students are strongly encouraged to bring a helmet to wear to help keep them safe.
Many physical education programs have some type of flags or flag belts in their storage rooms. They are great for a variety of tag-type activities as it limits the, “I tagged you, no you didn’t” arguments that can arise at the elementary level. Keep reading to learn about a few of my favorite flag activities! CLICK TO READ MORE...
ELEMENTARY CROSS-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES - LEARNING BY DOING
What is the best way to support student learning taking place in the regular classroom? Add some cross-curricular activities to your PE lessons, of course! By reinforcing math concepts, spelling, vocabulary, geography, science and other curricular content in the gym, you are providing students with another avenue to “learn” the material. By combining these academic subjects with movement, we can reach all those “kinesthetic learners” in way that the traditional educational process may otherwise miss. Let’s take a quick look at the brain-body connection and then I’ll share a few different cross-curricular activities that I’ve used with my students. READ MORE...
I just had my 2nd of 10 blog posts published by GOPHER this month! February's topic was entitled "From Storage to Layout, Make the Most of Your PhysEd Space." This blog post was a supplement to the LIVE webinar event that I hosted this month. If you'd like to read more about organizing your storage space and maximizing your instructional area, you can find the blog post here: www.gophersport.com/blog/physed-teaching-space/ Please leave a comment or question and I'll be sure to get back to you!
I am excited to be hosting a LIVE webinar for GOPHER on February 21st at 3 pm CST entitled "From Storage to Layout, Making the Most of your #PhysEd Space." I will be sharing how to maintain a functional and organized storage area for your PE equipment and show you tons of pictures of storage solutions. You will be able to check out pictures of awesome storage rooms from PE teachers all over the USA & Canada. There will also be lots of great DIY solutions and storage hacks too!
The second half of the webinar will focus on how to set up your gym/teaching space into specific areas/zones that help students transition smoothly from the various parts of your lesson - entry/exit, activities, instruction, and assessment. Having specific areas these take place within your space make your lessons "flow" more easily and allow you to get the most out of every instructional minute. We will be taking a look into some great gyms and see how various PE teachers create their classrooms! Click on either of the graphics above to register for this FREE event! For additional information, click here
We’ve partnered with Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville to promote physical activity outside of the school day and reward students for their efforts! Students will log the time they spend being active on a log sheet (30 minutes per square). Once all the squares are full, (25 total hours), students should write down a few examples of what they did to be active and then have a parent sign it. Once the sheet is complete and has a parent signature, return it to school and you will get a voucher good for a FREE child’s admission to the waterpark in the month of June or you can redeem it for $10 off any other time this summer!
Program begins February 9th and will conclude on April 9. No late entries will be accepted.
Tickets will be sent home with students by the end of April.
Hey, #PhysEd friends...OK, so it’s not a Grammy or an Oscar, but I've been nominated as a top 5 finalist for the 2018 #PHYSED Awards in the "Best #PhysEd Blog/Website" category by my professional peers. I'd be honored if you would take a minute to vote for me! Just CLICK HERE to vote. If you aren't familiar with the nominees from the other categories, just vote for my category and then scroll to the bottom to submit your vote. Thank you!!