Book Titles

  • SPARK by John J. Ratey, MD

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Brain Break Resource and Videos

Thank you to Kim Kish for sharing this web site with these Brain Break videos. The videos are easy to follow and can probably be put on the SMART Board. I can not wait pilot these with a few classes.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Symbaloo Page for Health and PE

Web links for lesson plan ideas, abstracts, journals, advocacy, health topics, music, and much more. Hope this is helpful.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Student Assessment Binder

PE Universe is a great web site to view physical education content,
assessments, and to watch activities in action. I found this video on assessments and wanted to share this with all of you.

With the new standards based assessments which need to be implemented and reported to the state, I thought this might be an interesting way to organize your students PE work. Most of the secondary (6-9 grade) assessments will be project or portfolio based. This assessment format will allow teachers to look at the students cumulative work and the students (especially high school) will be able to actually USE this binder once they graduate!

Assessment Binder Organization

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Craddock Bowling With Student Teacher

Animoto is a great tool to use to show off your lessons. Here is Brad teaching a bowling unit.

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The Craddock Cardios

Just wanted to share pictures of our 'Zero Hour' Family Fitness Club.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

PE and Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning and Physical EducationDecember 22nd, 2010 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Post submitted by Andrew K. Miller, an educator and consultant for the Buck Institute for Education, which specializes in project-based learning for the 21st century. Connect with Miller on Twitter @betamiller or by e-mail at

Physical education (PE) can be a place where relevant and authentic learning can occur. I think project-based learning (PBL) is one way to not only create this, but to also show others how valuable PE can be. When done well, PBL gives students a relevant and authentic task—a problem or challenge—that they, as a team and as individuals, must explore and solve.

Follow link to read more about a High School PE project.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

OAHPERD Convention - December 2-3, 2010

Along with Gretchen and Jen, I also attended several workshops at the OAHPERD Convention...
1. Dancing with the Stars:
All I can say is WOW! This session was led by LeAnn Haggard the 2006 National Dance Teacher of the Year. I realized how un-coordinated I am when it comes to dancing. We learned several line dances and her music was amazing! This session was geared more for Middle & High School students!
2. Updates in Physical Education:
This session was led by Lisa Henry from the Ohio Dept. of Ed. She went over the DRAFT of the Ohio Physical Education Assessments. I feel that the assessments are closely related to what we all do now! I will make a copy for everyone for our meeting on Tuesday!
3. Get JUMPING! Jump Rope, JRHF & HFH Activities:
This session was led by teachers from the Olentangy Local School District. They taught the BASICS of jump rope, a jump/jog warm up activity and fun activities to play that teach jump rope (4-Square, Tic-Tac-Toe and Jump Rope BINGO).
4. OAHPERD Division Luncheon:
This session was ran by OAHPERD Leaders and focused on the political scene and the flex credits. This was an open session for teachers to come and go!
5. Free-Throw Shooting Contest:
Sponsored by the AHA... I helped a fellow PE Teacher run this 2 hour session. Participants had 10 chances to make as many free-throw shots as they could. The winner would re recognized at the AHA Social later that evening! A new, young, female teacher made 9 out of 10 shots!
6. $2,500 AAHPERD JRHF/HFH Grant!:
This session was ran by Sasha Taylor and Marla Thomas. Both have received this grant in the past 3 years and gave great insight on how to write the grant with meaning and WIN!!! I think I will apply for next year!!! :)
7. OAHPERD Awards Reception:
This was led by Stacey Slackford, Chair for the State of Ohio Awards Committee. The reception was to honor the PE, Health and Young Professionals of the Year in the State of Ohio!
8. Using the Zone Playground Model to Increase Indoor & Outdoor Physical Activity:
The session was led by retired PE teacher Lois Carnes from Solon City Schools. This model addresses the need for children to increase physical activity levels both outdoors and indoors within the school setting. We have been using this model at Miller in a very scaled down version!
9. Game On: Active Games for Elementary Children:
As Gretchen said in her posting.... She and I presented with a core group of teachers during a 2 hour session. We focused on the specific Standards and Assessments that we use for each activity. This session was very hands-on and the participants went away with several new games/activities to use in their classroom.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

OAHPERD Convention

Attended several informative sessions at the convention.
1. Assessing standards 5 and 6 at the secondary level.
During this session we piloted the new rubric draft. Participants observed and participated in an ultimate Frisbee lesson as well as a dance lesson. During the observation we scored the 'players' using the new rubrics drafted by the assessment committee. At the end of the demonstration we discussed ease of use, difficulties and had questions answered by the developers.
2.Knock It Outta Da Park
SPARK PE lessons to keep kids moving. Broke down throwing and catch in small groups. Participated in fielding, striking, plays at first and third as well as cardio baseball. Very intense lessons that got the heart beating. Can be adapted to any grade or skill level.
3. Get SMART: Digital Resources in Physical Education.
Explored SMART Board lessons for PE. Demonstration of how lessons can be used to enhance the cognitive aspect of physical education. Also demonstrated target practice AT the SMART board. Yes we through balls at the SMART boards to unlock PE trivia.
4. Create Your Own Dream Routine
Explored simple sports routines that enhanced physical fitness levels during small sided games. Simple changes of the rules keeps students on their toes and actively involved during the lesson. Most routines were for the secondary level sports.
5. Jump Into Having "Phun" with Your Students
Explored how a "PHYT" club can be started and how one school uses their PHYT club to keep students active in the community. Students earn points toward Phyt club field trips through participation in pre-planned events, eating nutritious meals and mentoring younger students.
6. GAME On: Active Games for Elementary Children with assessment criteria.
Stacey, I, and a small group of professional colleagues presented lessons during this 2 hour session and answered questions related to assessment procedures and lesson implementation. The feedback we received at the end of the session was great. Participants stated it was one of the best they had been to and was extremely informative. We were supported by KSU professor Dr. Collier who reinforced the need for assessments and the changes occurring at the state level.
7.Hip Hop Hype
Great dance routines that are simple and extremely aerobic. So many attended that I was unable to get a handout. Dr. Mitchell will be forwarding the info to me. There is also a music CD that I'm looking into.
8. John Hichwa- Elite Trainer (SPARK)
At the end of one of his sessions I asked if he would review a dance he taught several years ago. Not only did he re-teach the dance he sent his entire packet to me. I will forward it to all of you. Extremely easy and fitness oriented.
9. OAHPERD Division Lunch (TH) and Coffee with OAHPERD Update (Friday)
OAHPERD leaders discussed the political scene and the changes that have occurred at the state level. The discussion centered on the bigger picture. Although there is still the opt out and flex credit options for students the team leaders discussed how far we have come as a group.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Hello All -

I just wanted to share a couple of things I learned or heard about at the OAHPERD convention on Friday (before I forgot). I am sure that we will discuss them more at our next meeting!

1. I went to an assessment session that provided us with copies of current assessments that Urbana Schools are using - they rewrote their curriculum last year. They also discussed the assessments that are currently being written to coordinate with the state standards. I think this is something worth discussing as we write our curriculum and is timed perfectly as we develop and discuss our grading practices. The one assessment that I was most impressed with was one that dealt/assessed Standard 6 - which I think we discussed last time is hard not only to incorporate, but how do we know we are accomplishing it? They also discussed how they use Fitnessgram for grades - I think it will be interesting to hear what you think about their methods!

2. I know a couple of meetings ago, Mr. Bennett asked us about the "career piece" and I went to another breakout session called "More than Stop, Drop, and Roll" - which was all about how fitness was needed in certain careers. Dr. Wetzel, from Miami University, demonstrated how something like the "Firefighter Combat Challenge" - a real test/competition - could translate into a lesson and challenge for PE students.

3. Finally, I went to a session called "Everybody Dance" about integrating dance into your PE classroom. They provided me with a CD of edited and appropriate music for line dances and group dances and also directions - if anyone is interested.

See you Dec. 14th!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Although this video discusses issues and problems associated with physical education in Europe, they are the same issues we face at the local, state and national level here in the US.

This video will define the term Bildung and the difference between Physical Education for bildung and Physical education for health promotion.

The first 2-3 minutes is dedicated to give information to the conference participants and to introduce the speaker. Please be patient and continue to watch.

There will also be further introductions one being Mary O'Sullivan who works at the University of Limerick, Ireland and who was educated in the US and worked with Daryl Siedentop at The Ohio State University.

I feel this video not only answers Global questions related to physical education, but also poses questions to the Physical Education teacher both on personal and professional level.

This is a rather lengthy discussion. After viewing it you may want to apply for Grad credit -hee hee! :-)

Physical education's role in physical activity and health promotion. McKenzie, T. L (US) from Norges idrettshøgskole on Vimeo.

The educational benefits claimed for physical education. O'Sullivan, M (Ireland) from Norges idrettshøgskole on Vimeo.

Friday, November 12, 2010

An Apple a Day is Not Enough - A Poem by Taylor Mali

1 in 5 youth is now considered obese. And because everyone has a stake in the health of our children, we are all responsible for making a change.

If you care about children’s health and know the importance of health education in our schools, we need you to do two things right now:

1. Watch This Video: “An Apple a Day Is Not Enough” is a powerful poem written and performed by Taylor Mali (a well-known spoken word artist and teacher) about the importance of health education.

2. Share This Video: Forward it, blog about it, like it on Facebook, Tweet it.

We must get the word out about the importance of health education and its ability to get this country’s health back on track—but we can’t do it alone. Please help us spread the message—our country depends on it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Instant Activity

Lazy Mary from Gretchen Jessel on Vimeo.

When students enter the gym they are ready to move. They want to move. As they get off the bus in the morning they are yelling across the black top asking "What are we doing in PE today Mrs. Jessel?" or "Do I have PE today Mrs. Jessel?" They do not want to come to the gymnasium and sit.

I found instant activities provide the students with moderate to vigorous movement options which help the students focus before the lesson begins. I teach a variety of instant activities in the beginning of the year and rotate through them. Some of the activities are linked to the daily lesson while others are random.

Instant activities I've used in the past include cooperative challenges, ball throwing challenges, fitness and low organized games like Lazy Mary. Once taught and reviewed two or three times, the students are able to organize and start the activity with little assistance from me.

During instant activity time I take attendance, reset the daily lesson, and talk with the students.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

November 3, 2010

The following notes reflect the ideas discussed at the October 5 K-12 PE COS Release Day:

1.  Waiver or No Waiver - HB
2.  Finalize pilot - Web-Based Fitnessgram 9
3.  Order resources that will help team move forward with Standards
     a.  Tactics
     b.  HS Equipment (e.g., watches, scale, straps)
     c.  Elementary Equipment
4.  Revisit Dance - Activities
5.  HOP Sports - Demo by HS
6.  Articulation Issues that impact power indicators (e.g., Pacer Test)
7.  Power Indicators - Phase I and II
8.  COS Template Desig
9.  Indicators that also show up in health


1.  Grading Practices informed by standards based learning and assessment

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ohio Senate Bill 210

Ohio Senate Bill 210, known as the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, became law June 18, 2010.  The law contains provisions to combat childhood obesity over the next several years by increasing students' physical activity and ensuring access to healthy meals and beverages at school.

SB 210

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Vision for Fitness

Fitness is an important part of physical education. How fitness is delivered, learned and implemented by the students is a big picture question that we need to address.

Elementary Level: Games and sport with fitness embedded.

Middle to High School: Fitness with sport and games embedded. Fitness is out there and discussed with students as they participate in sports and games. The activities presented are centered on fitness components through game play, muscular endurance, cardio, muscular strength, flexibility,

Cardio Capture the Flag :-)
  • Students learn offense and defense skills
  • Invasion sport similar to football, basketball and lacrosse
  • Cardiovascular game, running
  • Risk taking game
  • Strategic planning

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Follow-up Conversations for October 5

The K-12 PE Team agreed that we need to keep the following areas in mind when working through the course of study revision process:

1.  Focus on Quality vs. Quantity
2.  Using the team's expertise (e.g., Jen - Lacrosse, Erika - basketball). 
3.  Look at the big picture, then break it down from high school to elementary (backwards design)
4.  Check out areas that are lacking in the current curriculum (e.g., dance)
5.  Take a look at the current standards, benchmarks, indicators - identify power indicators.
6.  Give students a choice with activities (e.g., high school schedule example)
7.  Exposure to community life time activities (climbing wall, ropes courses, swimming)
8.  Day-to-Day classroom instruction should model student engagement so students are moving from start to
     finish with minimal downtime.
9.  Examine tactic approach at the October 5 mtg.
10. Continue to scaffold skills and activities
11. Bring in Dr. Mitchell from KSU to discuss assessment development linked to power indicators.
12. Explore web-based fitness gram tools for K-12 assessment tool
13. BMI - How will we do this? 
14. Parent Communication - How do we communicate student progress and assessment results?
15. Continue to find ways to work with principals and teachers that promote physical education as a school
      culture (e.g., OAA, OGT testing, reducing behavior problems through the use of quick PE activities at
      the start or end of the classroom).
16. Identify professional development needs (e.g., conference, course offering).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Do We Include Dance in Physical Education?

The question was asked -  Should we include dance activities as part of the PE curriculum? What do the standards say? Implications? Creative solutions?

Dance Links

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Web 2.0 Tools in the PE/Health Classroom

As you know there are an array of Web 2.0 Tools educators can integrate into their content area that can support the PE and Health Standards - student learning outcomes.

Revisit the goals you wrote at the end of the school year.  Do they include one or two Web 2.0 tools you would like to learn more about -- tools you can integrate into the new COS revision? Our technology integration team can provide professional development support. 

Web 2.0 Tools - Voicethread

Monday, May 17, 2010

Physical Education Resource Website

Website organizes an array of resources (e.g., field days, adaptive education, lessons).
PE Website

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Study: We Need More Than Wii Workouts

January 20, 2010
More than 3 million people had bought Wii Fit consoles by last November. A study finds that just using a video game workout like Wii isn't enough for people in their 20s or for older people who are reasonably fit. To shed the pounds gained over the holidays, more than a virtual workout is needed.

Study: We Need More Than Wii Workouts
January 20, 2010 ... KEYES: Cedric Bryant is chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise which recently studied the fitness benefits of the Wii Fit and Dance Town. ... By Allison Keyes

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Conversation Questions

Please post questions that come to mind...

1.  How do we teach PE rules/routines across the district?

Thank-you for the Invitation

Thank-you for the opportunity to participate ; I look forward to working with all of you on this curriculum rewrite. I will share my experiences from Naperville next week when I return.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Welcome PE Team

It has been a while since the last course of study revision. I know all of you are ready to re-examine our K-12 physical education program and current practices. This revision is timely now that the State Board of Education adopted the Academic Content Standards for Physical Education June 2009.

The following link connects you with ODE's Academic Standards and general resource information:

We look forward to your contributions on this blog -- ideas, suggestions, reflections, sharing best practices and resources.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Big Picture: Vision Activity

Think about a student who will begin Kindergarten at Miller in 2010. Think about the same student graduating from Aurora High School June 2023.
What kind of skills will this graduate possess after completing the K-12 Physical Education curriculum?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Personal Learning Networks: "The Times They Are A-Changing"

In your PLC PE updates, the following statements were made:

"There was some discussion about professional development for PE.  What kind of professional development can the PE staff take? Conference/Convention/Workshops?"

"Is all professional development being held in house or can they attend and participate in out of district events?"

"Professional development and leadership were the two big questions.  Some things were denied and team  members were not sure why or did not understand if it was cost, the format, the topic, or district policy."

After hearing presentations about "Personal Learning Networks" we'll revisit your questions about professional development.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Professional Learning Network Presentations & Learning Goals

After hearing presentations about Professional Learning Networks, please respond to the questions below:

1.  What do you hope to learn or achieve in this course of study revision process?

2.  Post one or two long-term professional learning network goals.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Academic Content Standards Workshop - Feedback

Several of you attended the Physical Education Academic Content Standards Workshop.  The following comments were shared on your professional absence form:

"This was a great help in informing me on the new standards for physical education. The most important part was the inforamtion on how to go about using the new standards to write our curriculum so they align.  Right now some of the things we are doing align with the state standards but there is much more we need to implement.

The workshop also talked about how to assess the students to ensure they are meeting the indicators for each grade.  Dr. Mitchell really gave us good tools to use to review our current curriculum to see what we should keep and what we should add or discard. 

The assessment information was great because I feel this is an area in which physical education as a whole struggles due to the nature of our content.  Much of our assessment is observation.  Therefore it is hard to get data.  However, he gave us ideas we could use to obtain the data."

Forming Assessment Through Technology

The growing use of technology is a key step in the move to bring physical education into the 21st century. 

1.  How can assessment technology enhance physical education programs?

2.  What type of assessment technology would best align with PE Standards and our district's technology

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


After having read SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,

1.  Share what you learned about academics and fitness.

2.  Share ways your PE curriculum connects to the academic content areas.