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Today at 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM, the world-famous and multi-talented physical education group PHYSEDagogy will be telling their stories via live stream at a computer or mobile device near you! Here's the link > http://nationalpe.com/live/ Please view as your schedule permits!!
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It is the perfect time at the start of a school year to introduce a new healthy activity for students. Initiate a school physical activity every child will love to do while increasing attentiveness in the classroom. Start now by introducing elementary school children to a lifetime healthy activity that schools can sustain from grades 1-12. Now that we have your attention, some details: Many children do not experience that rite of passage called “riding a bicycle”. Almost none are instructed by a professional or learn how to ride a bicycle correctly and safely. Plus, bicycling is the only sport that children engage in that does not have a purpose built safe venue ...
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As a teacher educator, I teach a class “Learner Assessment and Physical Education Technology.” I am always on the lookout for ways to enhance assessment with the use of technology. As a former middle school physical education teacher, I had classes of 40 or more students and shared a gym with two other classes. I never felt I had much time, space or manpower for assessment!  How could we possibly collect meaningful formative data on what our students knew or felt in these conditions? I wish Plicker s existed back then.  Plickers is an easy-to-use application/website where you can create multiple-choice and true/false questions.  The teacher can print ...
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The good news is a grant to implement professional development to train over 150 P.E. middle school physical education teachers how to implement and run annually a 10 day P.E. Bicycle Unit . The grant is using our YES curricula which is skill building from grades 1 to 12. The program will be in the 30 middle school picked for their disadvantage community to encourage more physical activity and community involvement around bicycling and walking. Part of the grant funding will be used to help the school communities be the leaders and advocates toward healthier activities. Plus the feeder elementary school teachers are invited to learn the elementary YES bicycle ...
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Are you looking for some new ideas on incorporating technology in your health education classroom? Or, maybe you’re looking to jump into the tech world as a newbie? Here is what I’ve had success with. Start with the TECH Model The TECH model focuses on teachers and students and less on tasks. The model emphasizes student-centered learning and stands for “Traditional, Enhanced, Choice and Handoff.” In the “Traditional” phase, the teacher designs an assignment using traditional methods of teaching and supplements it with some basic technology. For example, students will take notes during a lecture or video.   To “enhance” the learning experience, ...
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It’s been a busy couple of months in the advocacy world since I saw many of you at SPEAK Out! Day in April. As states prepare to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the upcoming school year, many — like Kentucky — have been gathering feedback from stakeholders and creating state accountability plans, and school districts are beginning to identify priorities for funding at the school level. There are also some changes that are bringing about new challenges we must face, as we continue our advocacy efforts to give health and physical education a boost on the list of ESSA priorities. Funding under ESSA will still be distributed to states in ...
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Please take a look at the June Twitter chat, Technolgy in the Health Ed Classroom Including Low & High Tech Engagement via Storify: https://storify.com/SHAPE_America/technology-in-the-he-classroom-including-low-high-
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Pogo Stick Safety

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I just received a grant for pogo sticks to use during our jumping unit and fitness unit.  My question, do those of you who use them have the students wear helmets?
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5 Steps to Daily PE

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Recently, my district and school approved my request to go from twice-a-week PE (45 minutes per class) to four days of physical education and one day of health (30 minutes per class) for grades 3-6. I got the idea to expand our school’s health and PE classes after reading on Exchange about another school that rotates 30-minute PE periods with music classes. That got me thinking about my school and the possibilities of doing something like that here. Now that my plan has been approved, I am very excited about seeing my students daily! I believe that by participating in my class every day, they will have the opportunity to see fitness as a way of living ...
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I am a teacher in the Harrisonburg, VA area and I wanted to get some help on a new concept that I have not come across before. There is a new elementary school being built and a friend said that they do not have a gymnasium but a "movement room". I have searched online for this concept and have found very little information about this concept. Does anyone out there know more about this concept of a movement room related to elementary schools. What is the rationale, does it take the place of a gymnasium, are they really different?
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What does everyone do in Middle School for missing days to make them up.  We have had so many kids lately bringing notes to get out of participating.  I usually have them do written assignment on what we are doing, but other suggestions welcome.
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Cultural Wellness

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#slowchatPE A question a day for Teachers with an emphasis on Health/PE 7 of 9 Dimensions of Wellness: Interpersonal Leave a reply This is the seventh of nine installments about how I attempt to teach the whole child. Last week’s blog reflected on how I teach Interpersonal Wellness in Physical Education and Health. It also discusses how I believe it is every teacher’s duty to teach the entire child. After writing my original blog on why I teach Physical Education and Health, I received feedback from Shrehan Lynch (@misslynchpe) that there are currently nine dimensions of wellness that are being taught at ...
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If you missed the May 1st #SHAPEHealthEd Twitter Chat, Creating a Kinesthetic Health Ed Classroom , you missed an opportunity to hear from some renowned leaders on the importance of movement in the classroom: Michael Kuczala, LaVonna Roth, Jean Moize, Jorge Rodriguez and Andy Milne. Feel free to jump in on the discussion now!!! You can now see the chat here: https://storify.com/SHAPE_ America/creating-a- kinesthetic-health-ed- classroom
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This first week of May, National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7, is our week to show school communities, yes even the naysayers, the value of health and physical education in schools. In order to empower students to live healthy, active lives, we must put them on the path toward health and physical literacy , through effective health and PE programs.   I invite each of you to call on others outside of our profession to be advocates for our subjects and learn more about the potential that health and PE brings out in every student. After all, if we don’t, then who will?   As your SHAPE America President, I am ...
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What are some of the ways you fund raise for Physical Education?  Also for after school programs?  Need new ideas please help.
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Help your classroom teachers win a free activity equipment pack by submitting their classroom physical activity ideas!  Active Academics® - a national recognized resource for classroom physical activity is giving away a $300 equipment pack from S&S Worldwide to one lucky teacher!  To enter, teachers simply submit an activity idea for publication on the website.  Registration is FREE and includes access to over 400 quality classroom-based physical activity ideas and other resources.  Visit www.activeacademics.org for more information! CONTEST ENDS MAY 5TH
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Dear All: I am working on my 2017-2018 State AHPERD Presentation Calendar from now through the end of May, 2017. If you are interested in possibly having me present at your State SHAPE/AHPERD event next year, please contact me by e-mail > Artie@greatactivities.net. Here's the scoop:  I've decided NOT to charge a stipend or such for State SHAPEs. You'll need to cover my expenses (hotel, flight from NC, per diem) - typically about $1,000 or so. As 2017-2018 is my last year on the SHAPE America BOD, I'd like to be able to work with as many Future Professionals as I am able to do. With this in mind, State AHPERDs/SHAPEs who need a person to do a ...
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Every Autism Awareness Month, I’m reminded of a poem by Scott Lentine, an individual with autism. He wrote, “Wanting to be free. Wanting to be me. Trying to make people see. And accept the real me.” As an adapted physical education teacher, I call on you — my fellow colleagues — to ask yourselves what you can do to foster not just awareness in your school community, but acceptance of students who have autism… or any other disability. With 1 in 68 people predicted to have autism, I believe this paradigm shift has to happen to really see a difference — in order to help our students, colleagues and communities be open to differences, be more ...
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First Impressions When I’m asked to interview new candidates for a physical education teaching position there are two things that I look for before getting to the meat of the curriculum: first, passion and compassion in their heart, and secondly, energy in their soul. Today’s teachers need to understand that whether they teach in an urban, suburban, or rural setting, and regardless of the student’s socioeconomic status or their demographic background, all students need to be treated equally and with the expectation that all students can, and will, succeed. When a candidate can show me those qualities, they pique my interest. Skill Sets ...
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The 2017 National Physical Education & School Sport Institute is expecting 500+ physical education teachers from across the United States and around the world this summer.  Please consider joining this dedicated group of cutting-edge teachers in Asheville, North Carolina on July 24-26, 2017. As time permits, take a peek at the linked description for additional details.  Thanks!! > http://www.pheamerica.org/2017/countdown-to-peinstitute17-the-new-pe-our-new-pe-teachers/
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