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I Take Your Child's Health Seriously
yet love to have fun
I’m not your typical P E teacher and if you listened to your student try to explain what we do in class you probably already came to that conclusion. I seldom have an opportunity to explain what I do and how I came to develop my P E program. So humor me and read the next few paragraphs. Just think of it as a PE infomercial. It was probably my wife’s experience in her high school gym class that had the most influence on the design of my class. She would walk into the gym, proceed to the bleachers, sit down with her friends, and talk away the hour as the girls team practiced basketball. Now I’m certain the basketball players benefited significantly from the extra practice, but the only exercise my wife received was when she squatted to sit down at the start of class and stood back up at dismissal. Of course all the talking might have helped her had she been enrolled in a debate class, and I’m sure she built up some endurance. I know it couldn’t have been easy sitting for hours on end on those hard wooden bleachers. That is a dead end class and I mean that in more than one way. I wanted more for my students. My PE sessions are 90 minutes long (75 minutes kindergarten through 2nd). My primary goal is to keep every student active throughout the period. I don’t like anyone sitting on the sideline and I can guarantee they won’t be sitting in the bleachers, because there are none. I vary skills, equipment, and activities all the time. This accomplishes several things. The variety requires differing motor skills and gives every student a chance to excel in their strength at some point. Changing and introducing new activities demands that the student listen to instruction and apply what they have learned. I believe it also inspires creativity as many of my games are variations of ones they have played, come from a student suggestion, or are simply my own creation. It is my personal opinion that a PE class should be FUN. I could spend 60 minutes doing all calisthenics just like in a Jane Fonda workout video. But I wouldn’t read the joy and excitement that I currently see in my students eyes, and frankly I just don’t look that good in tights. This is just from my personal experience, but I’m convinced that if you are having fun as you exercise that you will receive the maximum benefit. I’m not referring to simply strength. You can gain much more from your work out effort. Physical activity is a stress reliever. It is good for the body, soul, and mind.
Size Doesn't Matter
We are all uniquely and wonderfully made by a God that deeply loves each and every one of us. He gifted us differently from one another. Some students are fast, others are slow, some are thinkers, some are good jumpers, some are very coordinated, some can throw with accuracy, and some have a keen sense of balance. Because of this, I vary my games and activities which offers different challenges to the student and allows them to experience confidence and success at some point. Healthy body, healthy mind. There is a relationship between our physical health and our brain. Different challenges prompt creations of new pathways in the brain. Exercise stimulates certain chemicals in the body. Exercise has been shown to relieve stress, anxiety, and can help ease depression. Students that are active tend to perform better in the classroom. I personally believe that if a child enjoys physical activity at a young age then they are more likely to continue the habit as an adult. The above statements govern my class structure. I use a wide variety and differing sizes of equipment in class. I present an array of games and activities to the student throughout the year. This challenges them to adapt in actions and thought. I do my very best to keep all students engaged and active the entire period.
MINEFIELD- on the left. Students must tag the opposing team members without touching one of the red land mines. DODGEBALL- on the right and below. Dodgeball is everybody's favorite and I have more kinds of dodgeball games than you've ever experienced.
Above students starting our obstacle course with a ball launcher