<![CDATA[Everything PE & Health - Classroom Fun]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:52:01 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[The Importance of Invasion Games]]>Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:53:53 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/the-importance-of-invasion-gamesWhat are invasion games you ask? Well, let’s see if we can figure that out together.
In the world of Google, Invasion Games are defined as team games in which the purpose is to enter the opponent’s territory while scoring points and keeping the opposing teams points to a minimum, and all within a certain time period. Invasion games are the most strategic types of games with many transferable skills (Johnson 2009).
Invasion games could include activities where the ball is being carried or thrown or moved in any variation you can think of, your able to use any type of equipment, and your trying to score or hit some type of target. So think about that for a minute…keep thinking…. Now put yourself back in your 5 year-old self.
What did you play?  I guaranty you have played an invasion game as you grew up but had an amazing name for it. Maybe it was “Kick the Can” or “Ninja Warrior Take Down” or “Capture the Flag” or “Cars in the Ditch” (That one sounds way worse than it really is. Someday I might explain it.)
What do all these games have in common?
You were moving in space, you were invading your opponent’s territory, you had a target, and you had opportunities to score.
That’s all it is. You’ve played invasion games all your life and didn’t even realize it. The term “invasion” is just a fancy word adults use and look for in titles when purchasing books.
Little did we know these games would rule our lives in the PE world. In my opinion, and take it as you will, I love this. I love making up rules. Who doesn’t? You know you enjoyed this as a kid. Why? Because you wanted to feel successful! Whether that was passing to someone, tagging someone, catching a person, moving to a open space so you could catch something or not get tagged, and/or scoring, And this is why we play invasion games in PE.
Invasion games allow all students to succeed in their own unique way.
They learn basic skills and strategies that transfer from one activity to the next. It may be moving to open space, communicating to a teammate, throwing, kicking, dribbling, dodging, cutting, and so on.
Students are also using their critical thinking skill. You are taking away familiarity from students who may be great at one sport. You are taking them out of their comfort zone and into a new area of growth and excitement. They are learning with a deeper understanding.
There are a ton of invasion games and I’m not going to try to start explaining them all in this post but if you have one that you want to share feel free below. US games have some wonderful ideas to get you started (go to www.openphsed.org/register). As well as PEcentral.
Feel free to email me if you want and I can help you out but don’t over think them. Remember, you have been creating “invasion” games all your life. Just think of your 5 year-old self, make a game, and pull out the skills you want the students to understand.
And as always…
Keep Rock’n!
Mrs. Jones
<![CDATA[The World of Professional Development]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:54:19 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/the-world-of-professional-developmentAs a new PE teacher I was all about going to as many conferences as possible. But through the years I started to realize that less is more.
Don’t get me wrong I still go to multiple conferences throughout the year. And I never pass up an opportunity to go hang out with all those amazing PE folks! But what I realized is going to the same conference year after year will only help you progress so much. Once you begin to branch out and go to conferences around your state, country, world you start to really take learning to the next level.
So where should you go and/or how do you find conferences? Well, start your research.
I’m going to list some below that I’ve either been to or heard of that are amazing but again there are so many more.
1. National Physical Institute
Always held in July in the beautiful area of Asheville, NC. This conference pulls in teachers and presenters from all over the world. The connections you make can be limitless.
2. James Madison University: Health & Physical Activity Institute
I have not been to this one but I heard it’s great. Check out the highlights on the website. www.jmu.edu
3. Shape America
Rotates around the US and is usually held in March. Again a great place to make connections and hear ideas from around the country.
4. Your State's PE Convention
I’m from Colorado so of coarse I’ve been to ShapeCo. It’s held every Oct. Whatever state you are from research when the convention is and try to go to it at least once. Your state convention will know more about your state standards than any other convention you go to as well as current issues your state is facing. **Side note I’ve heard Minnesota and Texas are pretty cool.
5. District Conventions
Some districts have conventions already put in place. Ask your coworkers if they have any insights. If your district doesn’t have anything see if you can host or set one up. Most districts will jump on the opportunity for a PE teacher to host a professional development since it’s something new.
6. Online webinars
Webinars are great for a few reasons. One, you don’t have to be present to learn. Two, you can record and/or save it and go back when you have time. Three, sometimes you can save the materials/video for the rest of time (if you want). Fourth, you can watch people from all over the world right from the comfort of your couch.
7. Podcasts
You can learn a lot from podcasts and you can listen to them at any time. I enjoy mine when driving to and from work.
8. Create Your Own
I’ve always wanted to go on my own venture around to teachers who are world known. I haven’t been able to yet but I encourage you to create your own PD. Only you know what you really need and are ready to learn about. So get creative and find some money that will help you get there. There are grants and possibly some reimbursements from your district or school. You never know unless you ask.
Again, these are just some thoughts. We all know that one of the qualities of an effective teacher is to be a lifelong learner. The sky is the limit when it comes to professional development you just need to do the research and not be frightened to venture out on your own.
If you’ve been to a great one feel free to post below.
And as always…
Keep being awesome!!
Mrs. Jones
<![CDATA[Immune System]]>Sun, 03 Apr 2016 22:33:53 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/immune-systemMy 8th graders are about to learn what the immune system is and what it does. Here's a video to use if you want to help teach the inhume system. 
<![CDATA[Teaching F.I.T.T.¬†]]>Sun, 03 Apr 2016 22:26:38 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/teaching-fittThe F.I.T.T. principle can be hard to grasp for a 4th grader but videos and games can help to understand each component. This article will give you a couple of ideas on how to teach the F.I.T.T. principles of training. 

F.I.T.T. = Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type 

I usually teach each concept one at a time. Adding another one either later in the lesson or the next day until the students seem to have a concrete understanding of each. Once they understand each one individually we work on putting them together. 

Strategy #1) F.I.T.T. Tag

I choose 4 students to be the taggers. Each student represents one of the F.I.T.T. principles. If a student gets tagged they have to ask the person what they are representing and find that poster around the gym. Once they find the poster they read information about that principle. I usually have an example on the poster so the students can perform an activity. I usually start with only 2 concepts, play again with the other 2, then play again with all 4. 

Strategy #2) Scavenger Hunt

Scatter the principles all over the gym, the school, the field, ext. Have the students go through an obstacle course and try to find all the principles. Once they find all the principles they have to go back through to find the definitions. The bigger the obstacle course the better. Think "Tough Mudder" or "Par-core". 

Strategy #3) Fishing

Yeah, you read that right. I do a kayaking/fly fishing unit in my gym every year. The students love this. We use the scooters as kayaks, random things for paddles, cones for rocks, noodles for logs, jump ropes for snakes, and ribbon sticks for fly rods. The students kayak through the river to the lake. In the lake they will try to "catch" a fish. They do this by using their ribbon stick and trying to touch a fish. The fish are paper cut outs. One each fish is one of the F.I.T.T. principles. Their goal is to catch all 4 but there is a 1 fish limit every time they visit the lake. This means they have to go through the course 4 times. Once they have all 4 they have to match the fish with the definition. 

And that's a wrap.
As always if you have any other suggestions feel free to post them in the comments. 

Keep Rock'n!
Mrs. Jones]]>
<![CDATA[Health/PE Foldable/Brochure¬†]]>Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:17:44 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/healthpe-foldablebrochureI recently went to a training by an amazing person who reminded me of the how cool foldable/Brochure projects can be. This article will discuss how to help your students create a magnificent project that will demonstrate all the content taught throughout the year. 

There are a couple of different approaches you could take with your classes. You could go with basic paper and pencil, have some magazines or pictures for the students to add. Or you have them create it using google docs. 

I have done both but this year I have my students complete everything online. This allows them to work on it at school or at home, they do not have the excuse of loosing their work, and they can share it with me and I always have them on file online (instead of creating a file at school).

But if you don't have technology have them create one the "old fashioned" way. It's something different for them to express themselves and the students will appreciate the change of pace. 

resources for you....


With any project make sure to have a rubric for your students to follow. I've posted one as an example. It probably could improve (and will when I come back to this unit next year) but feel free to look at it and change whatever you need to.

Also, remember that I teach a combination of Tech and Health class so I have a Tech LT's they have to meet as well as health LT's. 

8th grade Brochure Rubric

Video Tutorials

Here is a youtube video that explains how to being on online. It's pretty straight forward. I always allow my students to look back at the powerpoint if they need more guidance. 
<![CDATA[Fun Food Group Sing Along!]]>Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:41:24 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/fun-food-group-sing-a-longHere is a fun sing along song about the food groups. My second graders love this song. They sing and dance their hearts out while they learn about nutrition. Check it out.
<![CDATA[The Importance of Connections]]>Mon, 28 Mar 2016 01:39:05 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/the-importance-of-connectionsI'm taking a break from the normal activity posts that are filling up the page to write about something that is one the most important aspects about teaching. Connections. 

Connections with students and families are everything! Without connections your classes will fall into this dark, dark place where students just don't care and are not willing to try new things. Numerous days are spent reflecting on how to improve our classrooms and behavior strategies to keep the students engaged and learning but many of us fail to consider the connections we have with those students. 

I'm not going to lie. Teaching is hard and as a PE/Health Teacher (or any specials teacher for that matter) we can have up to 500 plus students weekly or even daily. Is it really possible to connect with every student? Well.... sure. Will this take more time? Of coarse! But that's what teaching is. Giving your time so students can learn in a safe, enjoyable and trusting classroom.

There are so many reasons to connect with students and I could go on and on but I found an article that stresses the importance of connections. Feel free to read more if you would like. 

Making Connections  


So how do we make connections? There are many ways. Everything from standing in the door and greeting students as they enter the classroom to going to a sporting event or another activity they may be participating in. 

This is one of the reasons I love being the athletic director. I see students in a whole new light and get to celebrate with them in other ways outside of the classroom. 

I also can't stress enough that the students that you can not relate to are the ones you need the deepest connections. I love athletics and seem to connect with athletes pretty easily but when it comes to the spelling bee star or the book worm I struggle. But even though it's not my glitch I still talk to them about what they like. It's always about the student. 

Strategy #1: Greet your students!

Stand in the door and say hello to every student that walks through the door. For some of your students it's the only time someone will say "hello" to them all day. 

Strategy #2: Be Available!

Be there for your students. Now I'm not saying you have to live at school but letting them know they can email you any time or come in during lunch when they are having a hard day is huge. I have 2 to 3 students that eat lunch in my office everyday. Is it hard sometimes? Yes! And sometimes I am honest with them by telling them I need a little alone time and they should get some fresh air. They'll understand. 

Same with you plan time. So many teachers become selfish with plan time. I get it it's important. But when a student needs guidance it's more important than anything else you have to do. The rest can wait. 

Strategy #3: Send Letters/Emails Home!

Communicate with your families. They deserve to know what is going on in your classroom. The more they know the more they are willing to help their child learn and grow. And make sure to send it home in multiple languages if needed. 

Strategy #4: Listen!

We're teachers, we hear our students talk all day but do you really listen. As adults we can be pretty demanding on our young children but if you don't listen to them they will not listen to you. If the student does something wrong don't just yell. Talk with them, have them hold themselves accountable. Yelling and demanding get's no where. 

Besides that you have no clue what kind of day that individual is having and by yelling at them you may be making it worse. This is when the student shuts down. And at that point any progress you made is lost. 

Strategy #5: Hear Them!

Wait, isn't that the same thing as listening? No. Listening to them in a discussion is totally different than hearing them. You can tell a lot by the way a student (or person) talks. Are they sad, angry, excited? It all comes out in the tone of their voice.

Noticing those little cues and asking the student "what's wrong" or giving them a complement before they break down in your class can mean the world to them. Or seeing that they are having the best day and asking why will keep them grounded before you send them out in the gym where they will bounce off the walls and anything else that gets in their way. 

Strategy #6: Apologize!

"I am human." Say it again, "I am human." "I make mistakes." That's hard to say. We are a super human. We teach! But let's be honest. We make mistakes.

I don't even now how many I have made. But I always make sure to apologize to my students. Why? It's makes me human and when I am human I'm easier to talk to. I remember not too long ago I was having a horrible day and I yelled at 3 students. I felt so bad. Did they deserve to "get in trouble" probably. They were not following our class Norms. But did they deserve to be yelled at for it. Absolutely not! I pulled them each over individually and apologized. I was completely honest and those students looked at me and said, "It's ok, I'm sorry for what I did." 

Strategy #7: Show Kindness!

I asked a student what is it that makes a teacher their favorite teacher. He said, "they are  kind." Sometimes that's all you need to be to make a connection. Remember for some of your students school is the best part of their day. They need all the love you can give and more. 

Strategy #8: Smile!

A smile goes a long way. For some students you may be the only person that smiles at them all day. They'll remember that and you will be one step closer to connecting with that student. 

Strategy #9: Remember Them!

Do what ever you can to remember their name and a fun fact about them. Write it down, play an introduction game with the class, review you attendance chart before they come in your room. Just don't forget. If you don't know their name they will not care to remember yours. 

Well....That's a wrap...

There are more ways but those are always my basic strategies. Some students are harder than others to reach but before any learning goes on I try my best to connect. 

If you have other strategies write them in the comments. 

As always... Keep Rock'n!
Mrs. Jones

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<![CDATA[Creating Games with Google Slides]]>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 02:21:13 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/testI recently posted another blog about creating a board game. Although the students loved the project it was hard for them to work on it both at school and at home so I looked into different ways to create a game. This post explains a different approach for allowing the students the freedom to create a game. If you don't want to use it for your students you could possibly use it to create your own class game. 

I'll admit that I'm pretty lucky. My middle school health class is combined with technology so I have enough computers for every student to use. This allows my students to complete everything online. My students are all logged on to the class's google classroom and they can access the information any where.  

Realistically that's probably not the case for you as a Health or PE teacher but maybe you could head to the computer lab for a day or figure something else out that allows your students to create a game in their google drive.

Although I loved the game board feel the students seemed to be more into creating a game online. And it makes sense. They live in a technology world. They constantly play typing games, Math games, etc. So why not have them create something with technology.

When doing this I have the students use google slides. Below is a youtube tutorial on how to create a game. It's not the best but my students understand it and that's what counts. It explains how to set it up, create hyperlinks, make it beautiful, and add various features. 
I've also attached the rubric which is a lot like the board game rubric with a few changes. Feel free to use it and change it to make it work with your students. 

Game Rubric using Google Slides

When the students started the activity they seemed a little lost. We brain stormed a task lists together to help them stay organized. It's attached below. Again feel free to use it and make changes as you see fit. This is not the best task list I've ever created but it seemed to help the students at the time. 

Steps For Game

As always have fun and if you want to add comments below for different ideas for creating games go for it. 

Keep on Rock'n!
Mrs. Jones
<![CDATA[Instant Activities]]>Sat, 19 Mar 2016 20:03:27 GMThttp://everythingpeandhealth.com/classroom-fun/instant-activities

The goal is to always get those kids moving and the sooner the better. This article I'm going to give you a few suggestions for instant activities and discuss why they are so important. 

My students always come to PE with such excitement in their eye, they  can barely contain themselves. My classes have to walk down this really long hallway and it takes all their will power to walk in an orderly manner. I stand at the end of the hall waiting for them and the closer they get the harder it is for them to walk. In all reality it probably takes 1 minute to walk down the hall but I could imagine that for a grade level student it feels more like 10. 

When they get to me I do make them wait in line until they are focused and ready to listen. Sometimes I feel so mean doing this but I always remind myself "they need to be in control" or accidents will happen. 

So they stand there starring at me and once I see their eyes I tell them the activity and off they go.

Instant Activities should always be something they already know. The goal is for the students to enter the gym and go, go, go. The teacher should not have to stop them to explain the activity. 

Usually at the beginning of the year I teach the activities throughout my lessons so I have a good activity bank to pull from. This keeps the students guessing and excited to get into the gym. 

Another great and wonderful thing about instant activities is that they allow you as a teacher to check in with students and not be interrupted. Maybe you take attendance, maybe you talk with students who were absent the previous class, maybe you have to talk with the teacher for a few minutes about something. Instant activities allow you the time to prepare for the class you are about to teach. 

Here are the top 5 instant activities I use...

1) ABC workout. I have a word that students can spell (usually a vocabulary word from the unit) or I may have them spell their spelling words or names. I have the poster posted on the walls around the gym so they are always ready to go. 

ABC Workout Poster

2) Find Your Awesome. I have 4 to 5 of these around the gym. The students choose whatever workout they want to do. If they finish they can repeat the workout or do a different one. 

Find Your Awesome

3) Work Out Cards. I have a set of 40 workout cards that I bought a conference once. They are all different. I throw them out on the floor and give the students a goal of completely a certain amount. I did attach some you could use. I was given these at a conference once - thank you to Lisa Perry.

Work Out Cards      Work Out Cards 2

4) Noodle Tag. The students partner up. They each grab a noodle and create a box or circle. I have them use the lines that are already on the floor for boundaries. The students then begin the "sword fight" as they call it. It's not really sword fight, it's more like Fencing. They try to touch the other person with the noodle but they are blocking the other person's noodle as well. Whenever someone is touched they stop. The person who was touched has to perform 5 sit-ups, 5 push-ups or 5 jumping jacks. (These of coarse can change.)

This one is fun and the students love that they "sword fight" in PE.  I love that they are smiling, moving, working on reaction time, and still showing kindness to their component.

5)  Fitness Knee Tag. Everyone is it in this game. This alone keeps them moving because you anyone can try to tag you. There are a few rules: 1) if your hands are on your knees you have to freeze, you also can't tag anyone, and no one can tag you 2) if your hans are off your knees you can move, you can tag someone else, and someone can tag you. 3) if you get tagged it's no big deal, they choose the quick workout (5 sit-ups, 5 push-ups, 5 jumping jacks, dance for 5 seconds, etc).

This activity has some pros. What I really like about it is the students are allowed to create their own challenges. If they are full of energy then they don't put their hands on their knees as much. However, when they are a little run down for whatever the reason may be they can choose to put their hands on their knees more. As a teacher I never know who needs to run more at the beginning of class so I let the students show me as they play the game.  

That's a wrap! There are so many more instant activities so don't forget to check back. I'll do my best to post more as they pop up. And as always feel free to share. 

Keep on ROCK'N!
Mrs. Jones