Welcome to my blog (PEtop5.com).  Each week I will post my five favorite activities for a certain topic.  My motivation for this endeavor stems from my desire to network and connect with all of the amazing PE teachers out there as well as share my passion for promoting healthy living.

My educational background includes an undergraduate degree in both physical education and business from Ithaca College and a masters degree in special education from SUNY Cortland.

I currently teach elementary physical education (kindergarten through 6th grade) in Cortland, NY and received my national board teaching certification in 2012.  In my PE lessons, I try to maximize MVPA while integrating the latest common core initiates.  This can be a delicate balancing act!  In addition to teaching, I coach modified soccer and modified track & field.

Outside of school, I helped write a winning PEP Grant (2008-2011) and then became the grant’s project director while maintaining my full teaching load.  Needless to say, that was a very busy few years!  I have also contracted with SPARK and GenMove to develop curriculum.blog pic1

For fun, I enjoy spending time outside.   My girlfriend and I love the warmth of summer and find excuses to be outdoors whenever possible (gardening, hiking, biking, and more)!  We are both fond of traveling.  If you have any suggestions on places that are “must sees” please let me know.

We especially like visiting my sister’s family in Virginia and my brother’s family in Wisconsin.  I have a niece and two nephews.

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I have yet to join Facebook and my friends are taking bets on how long I will be able to hold out!  However, you can follow me on Twitter @PEtop5.

Please also take a few seconds to subscribe to my blog posts via email using the form in the upper right section of this page.

Thanks, Nick Kline


  1. I saw where you posted your Feb DEAM calendar on Twitter. Our systems at school won’t allow us to access that. Am I just missing it here on your website? If so could you please email me a copy mowens@lawrenceal.org Thanks again for sharing.

  2. HI, I am looking for the slam ball rules, could you please email them to me? We play table ball at recess and slam ball looks good.
    Thank you,
    Sheila Lane

  3. Hi Nick!
    I’m an elementary PE teacher in Ohio and I have loved following you on twitter and now on your blog. I have been using your DEAM calendars as extra credit and to increase outside of school activity. I have some students who have been very loyal to filling theirs out! Love that! I was curious if you would be continuing the DEAM calendars? I haven’t found Feb 2018 yet. Thanks and keep up the great work!!

    Beth Callinan

    1. Beth,

      I post DEAM Calendars every month with the exception of July (generally speaking). I am glad that your students enjoy them. October through December will be posted tomorrow so that teachers won’t have to wait until the last minute to download. If you need anything else, please let me know.


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