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Monday, March 19, 2018

What Does The First 10 Minutes Of Your #Physed Class Look Like?

Routines in PE class are so important. We have to make the most of the time that we have. After watching Mark Banasiak teach and his blog post "How Does Your #PhysEd Class Begin?, I was inspired to try out a new routine to start class.  I also had a chance to see Debbie Morgan speak today at the 2018 SDA-HPERA Conference, check out here website, and she stressed the importance of routines and transitions. This is one area I have been trying to focus on and get better on. I really like how the first 10 minutes of my class run. 

What I like about the first 10 minutes of my class

  • Students are active at moderate to high-level intensity for more than half of the time
  • Student have an opportunity to express themselves creatively
  • Students get to socialize and learn with their peers
  • Provides structure for assessment and feedback on past skills. 
  • There is very little dead time.
  • Students have an opportunity to learn a health tip. 
Here is the outline of the first 10 minutes of my class.

  1. Entrance Activity (2-3 Minutes)
  2. Warm Up Game (4-6 Minutes)
  3. Health Nugget/Tip (2-3 Minutes)

  • Entrance Activity: Students come into the gym and immediately start skipping laps. Every 20 seconds I will switch up the locomotor skill to an animal walk and vice versa. I try to do one that is high energy to one that is medium to low energy (all the animal walks, except for puppy dog run are good). Eventually, I am going to start mixing in pathways, levels, effort, etc. 
Locomotor Skills
Animal Walks
Crab Walk
Side Slide
Gorilla Walk
Seal Walk
Cat Walk
Puppy Dog Run
Elephant Walk.
Check it out in action:
  • Warm Up Game: This week to keep it simple we are doing a game we have done in my class for a while, Fire and Ice, from Ben Landers. My goal for this time is to use it to review past skills. While they are playing I am assessing and giving feedback. Right now I am making sure they remember our cues for underhand throwing, Swing-Step-Throw, and step with the opposite foot. Another goal during this time is to get the students heart rate up. I want the first 8 minutes to be me talking berry little and the students moving as much as possible. For this reason, I want to choose activities that require minimal setup and very easy to explain.

  • Health Nugget/Tip: I tell students to go to their squad lines and we go over the health tip today. This gives the students an opportunity to catch their breathe and interact socially with their peers.  The model is to ask a question that they “Think-Pair-Share” with a partner and then have a class discussion. After 1 minute of them sharing with a partner I will get students attention (freeze signal if I have too) and call on students to share. I usually try to pick one boy raising their hand, one girl raising their hand, one boy/girl not raising their hand. This always me to make any corrections that I might need to adjust. i.e. ME: "what is a healthy snack?" Student: “Cotton-Candy!”. I am doing monthly themes in order to organize my health tips. I am hoping by organizing on a theme that that students will learn a bigger concept than just random health tips. This month our theme is healthy choices. I  start off each discussion with “What is our theme this month? What healthy tip are we trying to focus in on this month?” Then go into the “Think-Pair-Share” question. At the end of the group discussion, I will leave them with a question to ponder. This gives the opportunity to think about how they can apply what their learning. I go over with them the health tip at the end of teaching class. 
Example of students "Think-Pair-Share" 

Here is the breakdown of my health nugget/tip

Monthly Theme: Making Healthy Choices
Health Tip
Choosing To Be Active

  1. Is it better to take the stairs or the elevator?
  2. Is it better to go for walk after dinner or watch tv? (after 30 seconds) Why?
We want to find ways to be more active in our day.
Question to ponder: How can you find ways to be more active in your day?
Choosing To Make Smart Orders

When you go out to eat at a restaurant sometimes you have so many choices. When you are ordering is it better to
  1. Order juice or soda?
  2. (After 10 Seconds) Juice or water?
Find a new partner and discuss your favorite side to get at a restaurant. I really like hash browns. My son really likes broccoli.
When we go out to eat we need to make smart choices about what we order. We can quickly choose a lot of little bad choices that make one big problem for our body. Especially choose to make smart choices about what you drink (water first and maybe always) and what sides you get.
Question to ponder: How can you choose to eat healthy when you go out to eat?

Note: This version of the healthy tip was modified from the post "How Do You Relay Health Information During Your PE Classes?" by Mark  Banasiak. I am just organizing the health tips into monthly themes. 

What does the first 10 minutes of your class look like?

Please leave a comment and let me know. 

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Why I Would Design High Schools Like A Sports Team

If I was building my perfect high school I would design it like a sports team. Personally, I think the purpose of athletics is to build character, which is something that is often missing in our schools. For our schools to win they focus on test scores. Or teachers only focus on their discipline(math) and not the whole person. Coaches and sports teams tend to focus on the whole person. Creating athletes of character which a natural by-product is better performance on the field. Notice the focus is not on winning, its the person.

Here is how I would lay out my school's vision, How I would make the vision a reality, and pillars that will help keep us focused on each students purpose in life.

Vision Statement: 
Why we do what we do
We would be creating students of character which will lead to better performance in the classroom. We would live our vision statement every day. We would say it every day. There would be posters with our vision all around the school. What we talk about we believe. What we belives bring thoughts. Thoughts bring actions. Actions lead to direction. Direction leads you to your destination. Note: This vision would apply to our teachers too.

How we will achieve our vision

HOW we make our WHY come alive

Our how statement allows us to bring our vision to life. but doing our how's we will be able to achieve our vision. 


WHAT we do.

The pillars are more of the what we will be doing. It brings the how's more into focus which then brings our vision more into focus. I envision weekly if not daily reflection time. Just like a player might reflect on a game and try to figure out what when right and what they need to fix in order to be better. having direction or purpose is so important to help focus students. When they have that focus students' then make sure that every action they take lines up with their purpose. 

Impact: My hope is that student would understand they need to be having an impact on our world. The best leaders are servants. The first two years of school I  think would be more traditional. I envision that for the junior and senior year that students would complete a service project. Model the service projects like the Boy Scouts of America do with their Eagle Projects.  Learn the skills to complete the project, they have to make budget, organize and train help, and then when its all done they would present their projects impact in a TEDx like event

Other guiding principals or ideas

  • When a player(student) has a bad game(quiz/test) they get help. More coaching. Not doing the work for them but getting them to own their part of the equation. 
  • How you do anything is how you do everything.
  • If we focus on creating the best person that would be reflected in the classroom. 
  • Might require everyone to play at least one sport. True character comes out during games. 
  • We would make sure that we hire the best person to be part of our team.

This concept was inspired by:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My #ObserveME Lesson

I realized that if I wanted to grow as a teacher I am going to need feedback to make my teaching better. At the beginning of the year, I took part in the #ObserveMe Challenge, Click here to see the first post. Working at a small school it is really hard to find peers to come in and give me back especially when the other math teacher is always teaching when I am teaching. I would like any interested peers to give me feedback on the goals in the picture below and record it in this Google Form.

We are on the second day of our measurement unit and we are going to go over geometric probability. I used this Dan Meyer's Lesson on geometric probability to start off as a review from last class period and to spark curiosity. I love seeing students

I was inspired by @PalkerMath post on how she used NERF guns on to combine Geometrical Probability and experimental probability.

 I made this handout based on her post. 

Note: I had planned for 80 minutes but there was a college fair for the first 35 minutes, you may see a student come in late because of it. I wanted to do this Quizlet live as a way to assess prior knowledge and have a discussion about the lesson. Also didn't have time for this exit task with marbles and spinners.

The reason I have two clips is that my iPad decided to pause halfway through the lesson.

I thought about splitting the video's into smaller bit size clips but I wanted to get the whole meat and potatoes out there.

Warm Up & Introduction (Clip1)

NERF Gun Station Work (Clip 2)

If you have any feedback please give it to me  Here. I truly want to get better as a teacher. I think the more open we are the more positive growth we will see in education.

I would like to thank Robert Kaplinsky for the original idea and pushing me to do this. I e-mailed a month ago and told him my plan and he was very supportive.

Totally forgot I made this pledge to myself a couple of weeks ago.