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Are you at a point in your teaching career where you feel like you need a recharge? Could you use a new perspective to improve your teaching? I felt that way a few years ago — and soon found myself across the world teaching middle school health education at the Shanghai American School in China. After spending several years working in the same Southern California school district that I attended as a child, I felt I needed a change. I decided to move to China to help a friend open a restaurant, not necessarily to teach. During my time working in the restaurant, I met several teachers from Shanghai American School, which is a nonprofit school with nearly ...
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Any Ideas for those students that are unable to participate in PE class for an extended amount of time (weeks or more due to injury/illness condition)  I have had them write reports in the past, but can only do so many?
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Hi Everyone! My name is Abby Hughes I am currently a sophomore at Plymouth State University.   I am interested in possibly moving to the Nashville, Tennessee area after graduation from Plymouth State as a Physical Educator.  If anyone has any information on who I could connect with about the area it would be greatly appreciated.  I have been to Nashville once before and can't wait to go back this year for the SHAPE convention!  Thank you for taking the time to read my post! Abby Hughes  Sophomore,  Class of 2020    Physical Education and Health  Plymouth State University Email: amh1066@plymouth.ed
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(Anchorage) I am writing this post from my room at the Homewood Suites at 7:00 AM on a rainy Saturday.  I'm writing because of three special friends - Nancy Blake, Dorothy Orr, and Eric Heil.  Each of these three individuals have a special place in my heart.  I call it "special," because all three have touched me deeply and profoundly. Each is a dedicated educator.  Each walks humbly.  Each is a "tote-er," not a "talker."  And I love all three of my friends.  Nancy bleeds "SHAPE America." She is loyal, trustworthy, and wants the very best for our national organization.  I know this to be true. Dorothy is the back stage director.  She is a tireless ...
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Creating an American Ninja Warrior Unit for PE Before teaching at the university level, I was a health and physical education teacher for eight years. In my experience, in order for students to desire to be physically active outside of school, effective instruction in physical education and a good amount of creativity and innovation are needed! In recent years, a string of shows that focus on health, fitness and dance provide a unique opportunity for promoting both the fun and fitness components of physical education. Shows like Dancing with the Stars , The Biggest Loser , and Celebrity Fit Club have inspired viewers and encouraged many to ...
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On September 14, I was honored to represent SHAPE America at the Title IV, Part A Coalition Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., to talk about the importance of health and physical education in schools and the need for increased funding to support these programs. I encouraged the audience at the briefing to visualize the following: Imagine trying to push a giant boulder over a cliff. The boulder is so huge, however, that even with every person in your school community pushing, it still will not budge. In fact, no matter how many people push against it, the boulder is simply immovable. Activity break during the Title IV, Part A Coalition Congressional ...
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As health educators, we have the incredible opportunity to lead the charge for our students; to empower them to make the right decisions for their health and well-being. During Health Literacy Month , make it a point to help students see healthy literacy as an asset to living their best life. Let’s first start by understanding what is health literacy.  SHAPE America has recently expanded its definition of health literacy to the “ ability to access, understand, appraise, apply and advocate for health information and services in order to maintain or enhance one’s own health and the health of others.” The idea is that our students must first know where to ...
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Give them the best life sport out there - BICYCLING - Using the skills building YES Curricula starting in elementary to high school; taught by professionals the P.E. teachers. BICYCLING reduces obesity, low impact & range of motion plus high aerobic exercise. YES will give you sample of the YES curricula to review.  Every kids wants to learn bicycling but many never gets this chance.   YES is rolling out a grant to implement the YES middle school curriculum in 40 middle schools' P.E. programs in Los Angeles Unified School District. We will ...
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HS PE SGOs

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I am in the process of changing my Student Growth Objectives to make them more rigorous for HS Physical Education.  Please share with me what you are using as SGO assessments for your HS students.  Thank you!
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This blog post is co-written by Lauren Lieberman and Ali Brian. Picture this scenario: A few weeks before school begins, Mr. Smith, an elementary school physical educator, finds out that a student who is in a wheelchair is moving to his school. There is also a set of siblings in the elementary school and at the area middle school who are visually impaired.  Additionally, the district includes students with autism spectrum disorder. There are also a few high schoolers in the International Baccalaureate Program who have limited experience and exposure to sports and other physical activities. Meet Mrs. Woods, a high school physical education teacher. In addition ...
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     I am very passionate about the subject of declining enrollments in PETE Programs.  We have had our good fair share of students at the high school where I teach that are/have gone into physical education.  I believe that first we all need to ensure we are providing quality programs. This year I am going to start a new club/interest group at my school called: Future Physical Education Teachers of America (FPETA).      It will mainly be providing information to interested students, possibly giving them opportunities to guest teach- lead warm-ups, observe, teach a simple skill, etc.  I have no idea how this is going to work and just thought about this during ...
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Montana is not generally thought of as a culturally diverse state. It is, however, rich in historical culture. Most Montanans have roots from all over the world and love to celebrate their heritage. For this coming school year, the specialist team at Rossiter Elementary School in Helena, Montana is developing units on various cultures for students to explore. Our hope is to bring students to a new level of acceptance of others. Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach to learning promotes schools to be healthy, safe, engaging and supportive while still challenging for students. By working with fellow classroom teachers, we can solidify ...
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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi         For the past nine years, I have served as a physical education teacher in the U.S. public schools. My teaching career began in Grundy Center, Iowa, at what was known as the PE4Life Institute site as part of the University of Northern Iowa’s “ Polar Scholar Program .” For the past eight years, I have served the children and families of The University of Texas Elementary School (UTES) in Austin, Texas. Under the guidance of Dr. Dolly Lambdin, Dr. Melissa Chavez and Dr. Brian Dauenhauer, I had the unique opportunity to develop and implement a comprehensive ...
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Andy Vasily's TED Talk

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Andy Vasily is a physical education teacher who is well-known internationally as a person who values the intentional ways in which PE teachers can lead children and youth towards a physically literate life.  A part of this is bringing attention to the social-emotional connections at work in our lives.  As time permits, please take the opportunity to listen to his TED Talk > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiWMGi3bmks
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As teachers, we are sometimes asked to wear many different hats. Depending on the situation, we might serve as nutritionist, coach, cheerleader, fan or advocate. I wore all of these hats in support of Cody, one of my students at Leilehua High School. Cody is an exceptional student, the kind of student we all dream about: hard working, smart and respectful. But, Cody is more than those things — he is an achiever. From left: Barry McCorkell, vice principal, Cody Retuta, and Justin Shiroma of Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, HI. When I became Cody’s teacher, he was working on a video project — as part of a contest sponsored by the Hawaii Department ...
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Proposals due Aug. 15 for the 2018 Eastern District Conference SHAPE America Now is the perfect time to submit your proposal for the 2018 SHAPE America Eastern District Conference in Burlington, Vermont, Jan. 28-30. Categories include physical activity, physical education, adapted physical education, health education, advocacy, sport, dance and more. Share your knowledge and insight with colleagues — submit your proposal by Aug. 15! Find the link on the Eastern Di
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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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