Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Noodle Games

Highlights From PE Institute 2105

A few OHIO teachers.
We joined the Billion Mile Race
Don Hellison and Daryl Siedentop are Honored
Key Notes Receiving Special Native American Game

The Power of Twitter and the National PE Institute 2015

About five years ago our technology department offered a course called The Connected Journey.  This was an online, self-paced exploration of the power of social media and education.  The Connected Journey encourage participants to explore the use of iPads, Twitter, and blogs.  I'm sure there were other requirements but at this time my memory of them is blank.

I was a Twitter hater.  My attitude about Twitter was unfounded.  I was in general a non user of any social media.  I did not have a Facebook page, I did no t have a Twitter account or Instagram.  I did not feel these platforms could offer me any additional help in my educational development.  Boy was I wrong!

Twitter has changed my teaching, classroom, and student learning.

Through Twitter I have met so many wonderful #physed teachers.


I wish I could list all the fabulous #physed professionals I have worked with through Twitter.  Over the last five years I have followed multiple physical education topics, best practices and initiatives in the field of health and physical education.  I have participated in a few collaborative projects via Twitter using Goodle Docs.  Because of Twitter I have increased my personal professional development and have a professional learning community that reaches across the world.  It has been a truly amazing experience.

This year I was blessed to be able to attend the National Physical Education Institute 2015 in Asheville North Carolina.

What made the Institute unique is that it brought the Twitter Community together for the first time.  For example the Physedagogy team has been working together for years on projects through social media, webinars and Google.  In their own words -  
The idea for PHYSEDagogy originated on a cold, dark, January night in 2013. That night, a group of Physical Education professionals who had been connecting on Twitter as self-identified “PE Geeks,” hosted a roundtable discussion via Google Hangout that they called “PE Geeks Unite”. After that initial conversation, members of the group decided to go further and on a Friday night in February participated in the first PE Geeks Unite Roundtable that was broadcasted live on YouTube via a Google Hangout On Air. One of the members of that group, Adam Howell, had an idea to launch a recurring video series that he called the PHYSEDagogy Teacher Spotlight. The idea was to merge the terms physical education and pedagogy into one. Thus, the birth of what would eventually become
Not only did this team meet meet for the first time in Asheville but, I too was able to meet my Twitter PLN.  I was able to finally shake hands and personally thank those educators who have supported, challenged, and assisted in my development as a physical education teacher.  I am so grateful that I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Institute and for all those who participated in the event.

I continue to contact this community via Twitter as I improve my assessment techniques, positive behavior program, and pedagogical models.  I have found Twitter to be one of the most valuable tool I use in physical education.  

If you are a PE teacher and you have not yet joined Twitter I strongly encourage you to do so.  If you are on Twitter and want to increase your participatory level check out Voxer.  It too is a great venue for the physical education community.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Play 60 Challenge

Craddock won the Play 60 challenge.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hand Clapping Games

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Risk Management

Check out @MoveLiveLearn's Tweet:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Parents Are Powerful

Check out @Act4HlthyKids's Tweet:

Monday, April 13, 2015


Check out @MrBridge204's Tweet:

Why PE and School Sport Matters to Me

Published on Oct 1, 2012
In 2010, Youth Sport Trust hired HU Media to run a filmmaking workshop with young people from five different schools and to produce a film around why PE and school sport matters to them.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Best Part of Me

This past month the Art Department and Classroom Teachers collaborated on writing/art project.  The students were to identify the best part of themselves and write why they choose that particular part.  When the students attended Art, they then used the iPads, taking pictures of each others best parts.  I was truly amazed by this project and HIGHLY recommended to you to try this project.

All the Best Part of Me pieces are displayed throughout the school.  The photographs are beautiful.  The children have an 'eye' for capturing their peers best parts.

As a movement educator I fell in love with the composition piece of this project.  The children identified there Best Parts as necessary for movement, play, sports. and living.  Their writing is truly beautiful, detailed and it has depth.  

We are born to move and the students understand this.  Their Best Parts enable them to enjoy life and provides them with challenges, enjoyment, and confidence today and in the future.  

After reading their compositions I wondered..... WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF ME?  


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tic Tac Toe Fitness

I love finding innovative ways to keep kids moving.  This week I am combining Tic Tac Toe Fitness and the Fitness Fortune Tellers to my lesson plans.  The students are working on goal setting through jump roping.  I have placed several "rest" stations around the gym to allow the students a break from jump rope skills.  I found the Fitness Fortune Tellers on a the HPE Merritt PE blog.  I love this blog.  Lots of great ideas.  My Tic Tac Toe Fitness boards came from Teachers Pay teachers.  They are designed by Cap'n Pete.  I must say I am not disappointed with my purchase.

Revealing an Exercise.

Fit Tac Toe Challenge

Monday, April 6, 2015

SHAPE America

SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America is our National organization for health and physical education.  They have just announced their new board of directors.  I am proud to say one of the board members is a professor from Kent State University, Dr. Steve Mitchell.  I have known Dr. Mitchell since 1992.  Dr. Mitchell is one of many Kent State professors and instructors who have continuously supported not only physical education but me as well as a teacher in the public schools.  To learn more about Dr. Mitchell or the KSU Physical Education program follow the link.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Anchor Charts

Anchor charts help keep not only the students focused but me as well and are great to reference throughout the lesson.  I have several "I CAN" anchor charts in the gymnasium.  I like to use the I Can charts as part of my lesson closure.  Students discuss what they Can Do, how they Can improve and problem solve what may need to happen in the next lesson if they encountered challenges.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Bulletin Board

Found this great bulletin board idea on  The kids love it and it compliments our districts #Mindset initiative.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


From the website:
For as long as I can remember, hearing someone do anything “like a girl” was generally an insult, so how do you think it feels when you are an adolescent girl? Pretty insulting, right? 

Hear what others think it means to be LIKE A Girl.  

Watch this amazing video of women and girls talk about  #LIKE A GIRL.

As Always says, “We’re kicking off an epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.”