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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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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 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
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Help your classroom teachers win a free activity equipment pack by submitting their classroom physical activity ideas! Active Academics(r) - a nationally recognized resource for classroom physical activity is giving away a $200 equipment pack from S&S Worldwide to one lucky teacher! To enter, teachers simply submit an activity idea for publication on the website. Registration for Active Academics(r) 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 BEGINS MONDAY APRIL 10, 2017 - MAY 5, 2017. As physical educators, we are ...
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I will be attending the 2017 Speak out day, and I am currently looking for a roommate! I will be staying Tuesday night! I am a 22 year old male, who will be graduating from Western Carolina in May! I am excited for my first Speak out Day!
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Here are my final thoughts on the SHAPE America conference. Overall it was a fantastic conference that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Now that we have that understood lets look at some of the glows and groans (stole that from Jorge Rodriguez) of the conference. Lets start positively with a glow. The wifi was the best network that I have ever been a part of. Bar none. I have been to Google Summits that had worse wifi. This network was quick and strong. You never lost a signal or had your internet slowed down the entire time. They had two access points for each room mounted to the ceiling. It was so flawless that Mike Ginicola hadnt even thought ...
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SHAPE America Reflection 3 Replies It is 1030 on Wednesday and I am blowing off the general session to reflect a little. Tuesday started off with a bang. The standards-based grading and instruction session with Jo Bailey, Rich Wiles, Kari Bullis, Wendy Jones, Lynn Burrows, and Dave GusGusitsch was fantastic. They briefly explained their journey into standards-based grading. This was helpful because they all were at different points much like the participants in their session. After their intro, we were up and moving. They had spread out signs on the wall that helped people to reflect on where they were on their journey. I loved how we were ...
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#slowchatPE A question a day for Teachers with an emphasis on Health/PE Skip to content HOME MY RIVETING BACKGROUND SHAPE AMERICA Reflection 2 2 Replies I just arrived home from the SHAPE America Conference. This was my first national SHAPE conference and it did not disappoint! This blog is going to reflect solely on the relationships that were formed or continued. It doesnt matter if you are socially connected or not. When you are at any conference with passionate educators you will create bonds. There is an automatic common interest that allows conversations to start. Education conferences ...
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The greatest session by far that I attended at SHAPE America was titled Self-Study of Teacher Education Practice in Physical Education Teacher Education . I chose this session simply because I was walking around and bumped into Shrehan Lynch (@misslynchpe). She told me she was running late for a session that she was presenting for. I had previously participated in her TGFU and Netball and had a blast. We were playing games and moving for the bulk of the session. I had left sweaty and happy from that one so this one had to be similar correct? I probably should have looked at the title of the session before I made that assumption. I sat down at a ...
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Crushing #SHAPEBoston

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If youre heading to #SHAPEBoston in March, youll want to get the most out of your time there. Wether youre attending all five days or driving in for a day or two, its important that you maximize your conference experience to ensure that you, and ultimately your students benefit from all that is on offer in the City of Champions . Last years #SHAPEMinneapolis blew me away by the sheer size, the expertise of the presenters, the exhibitor hall , and the large number of teachers from my PLN in attendance and it took me a few hours to get my bearings. So with that said, I reached out to my PLN this week, and so too did Bob Knipe, to ask the following question: ...
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SPEAK Out! Day? Are they even having that this year? Arent we done now that health education and physical education are a part of every students well-rounded education in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)? Absolutely not! The inclusion of health and physical education in ESSA is just the beginning of a new avenue in the advocacy process. Our Call to Action This SPEAK Out! Day , it is critical that we push for full funding for Title IV, Part A at $1.65 billion as was authorized in ESSA when it passed in 2015. This ESSA block grant can financially support school health and physical education in schools. With the 2017-18 school year being the ...
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Virginias Got Talent! Oh yes we do; talent from amazing physical education teachers, talent from members of jump rope club team members, jump rope demo team members, and talent from our students. As the Jump Rope For Heart Joint Projects Coordinator, it is my challenge to encourage all of these talented individuals to SHARE their accomplishments. So how do we convince our heart heroes to take yet another leap, and put forth the effort to design and implement a state conference presentation? First and foremost, we have to think ahead. State conference presentation proposals are usually due months prior to the actual conference weekend. In our state, ...
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International #PhysEd Leaders Explain Why They Are on Twitter! Listen now > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAviyy38
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Across the country, advocates are calling for schools and school districts to make recess a priority as a way to boost academic performance, improve behavior, enhance emotional well-being, and contribute to physical literacy among students. Read how two moms have taken on this fight in their school district and learn what steps you can take to get involved. BARBARA LARRIMORE Prince William County School District, Virginia I first noticed a problem when my son started coming home from kindergarten with holes bitten into his collars and shirts. He had never exhibited any nervous behaviors before, but I did not put the pieces together until ...
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Looking for a Mentor

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Hello all! My name is Josh Petro. I am looking to find a mentor that will be attending the SHAPE Convention this year. I have been looking on Exchange for a mentor, but am having a difficult time getting any results. I am looking for a mentor that can help me with portfolio building, lesson planning, and networking. Below I have given more information about myself. If you are attending SHAPE and are enrolled in the Mentor program I would be happy to meet you there. Hope all is well! I am a Junior Health and Physical Education major at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. However, I am from Ocala, Florida where I attended the Villages Charter School for ...
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My October Story- One P.E. Teachers Journey to Bring Back the Sport of Jump Rope As a young child, my schoolmates and I would jump rope every day until the bus came. For a few years, I didnt touch a jump rope until I became a middle school wrestler when I again realized not just the joy of jumping rope, but also the immeasurable physical benefits. Thirty years later I am sharing this story with you because Ive recently resurrected my passion for the sport of jump rope with elementary aged students to motivate, encourage, and instruct how to achieve a healthy lifestyle through jumping rope. Today, as a Physical Education teacher for 20 years, my oft repeated ...
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Hello, my name is Kari Hunt and I am doctoral candidate working towards my PhD in Physical Education Teacher Education at Georgia State University under the advisement of Dr. Michael Metzler. I am currently researching the adoption of the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP) in P-12 schools. I am interested in gathering more information on how CSPAP is being implemented in schools and which factors may be facilitating or inhibiting the adoption process. To better inform schools and assist in greater adoption of the CSPAP model, it is important to get feedback from as many PE teachers as possible. I am asking you to be a valuable part of ...
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The age-old adage does quality matter. This is a discussion of an earned national quality matters designation of an online graduate Sport Law course. Tenure track faculty pursues scholarship of discovery and integration in many different ways but have you considered designing your online course for quality from a national peer review process and it be considered for scholarship of discovery and integration. There has been discussion that faculty obtaining Quality Matters (QM) distinction for designing online course is scholarship but in the world of the Boyer system that it should only come under teaching. To be or not to be.. that is the discussion and ...
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