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Happy Memorial Day!  This is the first of six posts describing my philosophy of teaching physical education. This first post covers two of 12 principles I learned while working at Wright School (1975-1977), a residential treatment center for elementary school-aged children. Artie writes: "For the past 40 or so years, I have tried to live a professional life with a minimum level of philosophic discord - to live with a serenity of temper." > https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-philosophy-teaching-physical-education-everything-i-artie-kamiya
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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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#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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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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