Let’s Go #PhysEd!

1) April DEAM

Attached is the Drop Everything And Move activity calendar.  Print this off and distribute to students to encourage physical activity at home.

 

2) Instant Activity

Equipment: 4 cones for boundaries, some balls or flying discs

Set-Up: Create a large playing area, using four cones. Scatter students around the perimeter. Place the balls (or discs) in a pile in the center of the playing area.

Activity Procedures:  This activity is called “Lap Pass.” On “GO!” students on the perimeter should perform the designated locomotor movement in a counter-clockwise direction. The students in the middle should toss the ball/disc to a student moving around the perimeter. When a student catches (or retrieves) a ball/disc they move to the center and then make a pass to someone else.

Modification: The teacher can be the lone passer.  Once students catch a flying disc, they bring it to the middle and then return to the perimeter.

 

3) Wow…

This past week Joey Feith, founder of ‘ThePhysicalEducator.com,’ posted a resource for learning soccer skills.  Joey used “Treasure Hunt” from the K-2 OPEN Foot Skills Module and broke down the activity into easy to follow progressions.  By now, I am sure you know that OPEN is free and customizing the lesson the way Joey did is exactly what teachers are encouraged to do.  Check out the link below:

 

4) App/Tech Tip

Have you tried using QR Codes?  There is so much that can be done with these!  I am not even going to try to be the expert on this topic, because there are so many resources out there for you to utilize.  Download a QR-Reader on your smart device, Google something like “QR Codes in Physical Education,” and then give it a go.  If you try it, send me a Tweet (@PEtop5) and show me what you did.  Good luck!

 

5) Reflection

One week ago I was recovering from a busy week.  I spent 6 days in Boston attending the SHAPE America national convention.  The days are brutally long… I get up early and the nights often extend far past my typical bedtime.  That being said, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Being surrounded by so many amazing teachers/professionals that love PE is an incredible feeling.  I love seeing everyone that I have met along the way and now consider to be some of my closest friends.  I submitted two sessions that were both accepted.  I presented with Mike Martinez (Democracy Prep) on CSPAP activities/ideas and then with Helena Baert (SUNY Cortland) on Pre-K activities/resources.  If you have not been to a state or national conference, I encourage you to do so.  You will not only gain useful insight to support your practice, but you will also make many great friends along the way.

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