Book Titles

  • SPARK by John J. Ratey, MD

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