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Acceptance, Activity & Academic Rigor

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 January 28th, 2015|OPEN Blog|

Looking for a mid-Winter challenge? Let’s target Outcome E4.4b from Standard 4: “Accepts players of all skill levels into the physical activity.” For many physical educators and PE advocates, this outcome falls right into our wheelhouse. We love to talk about how physical education builds character and teaches cooperation and acceptance. However, many of us [...]

Invisible Dumbbells and Muscular Endurance for Children

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 January 20th, 2015|OPEN Blog|

I’ve been working with National Physical Education Standard 3 over the past few weeks, looking for ways to help elementary students meet the various grade level outcomes for Fitness Knowledge. When in doubt, begin with the outcomes. Actually, always begin with the outcomes. Anyway, I wanted to create an activity that would accomplish the following: [...]

Standards, Outcomes, and Fun!

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 December 15th, 2014|OPEN Blog|

Don’t throw out the fun stuff!!! In conversations that I’ve had around outcomes-based, backward design the single largest stumbling block for teachers seems to be the misconception that backward design means starting over from scratch. “What about the great stuff that I do and that I know kids love? Do I have to throw it [...]

Depth of Knowledge Question Stems for Physical Education

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 November 17th, 2014|OPEN Blog|

Are you trying to understand rigor, depth of knowledge (DOK), and evaluation frameworks? What ever happened to good old-fashioned skill and fitness development? With increasing emphasis and accountability based on academic rigor, physical educators find themselves (as usual) working with documents and resources designed and tested for other content areas. It can be frustrating – [...]

Conference Handouts from the US Games Presenters’ Network

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 November 5th, 2014|OPEN Blog|

Thank you for attending a US Games Presenters' Network Conference Presentation! For your convenience we're posting many of our handouts here for viewing and downloading. Jim DeLine: Illinois SHAPE Conference: Think Outside the Ball (11/20/2014) Joanna Faerber Louisiana AHPERD Conference: The Right Stuff (11/5/2014) South Carolina AHPERD: Right Stuff for a Lifetime of Physical Activity (11/14/2014) [...]

Basketball Nutrition

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:42+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|OPEN Blog|

This post dives deeper into the concept of blending MyPlate Nutrition Education with Instant Activities to start your physical education lessons. I wanted to provide another activity example (see link below) in order to highlight the three following points. IT’S EASY to work Serving Up MyPlate Objectives and Essential Questions into any unit that you’re [...]

Planning for Integration: Fitness Pentathlon

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:42+00:00 October 15th, 2014|OPEN Blog|

This week I’m posting a short bonus article to share an academic integration idea with you. It includes a short 1-page discussion of the standards- and outcomes-based process I used when developing the activity. Please review these resources and comment with your thoughts and ideas around the topic. I would love to hear how you plan [...]

Nutrition Quick-Starts with MyPlate

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:42+00:00 October 8th, 2014|OPEN Blog|

Teaching students about nutrition and healthy eating is an essential component of quality physical education. However, many teachers struggle to find the time to fit nutrition education into an already packed schedule. Here’s one solution… Start your lessons with instant activities that integrate MyPlate educational objectives. Here’s the concept in 3 quick steps: Students enter [...]

An Intro to Academic Language in PE

By | 2015-10-24T22:27:58+00:00 September 15th, 2014|OPEN Blog|

Here’s an essential concept for any physical educator working to elevate a PE program to Core Subject Status – Academic Language.  Academic Language is a term that is often associated with the current College and Career Ready movement. In the context of physical education we can think of it as the language that our students [...]