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Ball Handling & Dribbling Skills
(Primary K-2)

This module introduces children to ball handling skills and movement concepts most often associated with the sport of basketball. Hand dribbling, passing, and receiving (catching) are the primary skills emphasized. However, a variety of other learning outcomes are also addressed within the module’s activities. Note: there are no outcomes for 2-handed passing associated with basketball. [...]

Locomotor and Manipulative Skills
(Primary K-2)

This module includes activities that are designed to develop and reinforce several locomotor and manipulative skills. All of the basic locomotor skills, static and dynamic balancing, as well as underhand tossing, rolling, and catching are addressed. Other learning outcomes are also addressed within the module’s activities. Module Documents Complete module packet: [PDF Only] Module Overview: [PDF, [...]

Personal & Social Responsibility
(Primary K-2)

This module includes activities that are designed to develop and reinforce several personal and social skills associated with responsible behavior. Safety, working independently, following directions and rules, as well as sharing space and equipment are the primary skills emphasized. However, a variety of other learning outcomes are also addressed within the module’s activities. [...]

Acceptance, Activity & Academic Rigor

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 January 28th, 2015|OPEN Blog|0 Comments

Invisible Dumbbells and Muscular Endurance for Children

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: [...]

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 January 20th, 2015|OPEN Blog|2 Comments

Physical Education With A Purpose

As a veteran Physical Education teacher, I have realized that every class I teach has a different personality and therefore, needs to be taught with a different technique. The biggest challenge I have faced is to get every student to participate daily at the high school level. I want all students to find something that [...]

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 January 5th, 2015|OPEN Blog|0 Comments

Standards, Outcomes, and Fun!

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 [...]

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 December 15th, 2014|OPEN Blog|0 Comments

Taking a Virtual Road Trip with Accelerometers

Three years ago, I received a grant from the Suffolk Zone NYS AHPERD for the purchase of accelerometers.  For the last two years, I have been experimenting with ways to incorporate them into my classes in a meaningful yet efficient manner.  There is no doubt that the use of the accelerometers increases the Moderate to Vigorous [...]

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|OPEN Blog|1 Comment

Maximize Your FITNESSGRAM Reports

Numbers may bore you, but the fact is, data drives decisions and FITNESSGRAM10 offers concrete individual and group data that can make an impact if communicated and used appropriately. The mission statement, as well as the program philosophy, clearly outlines education with a focus on lifelong physical activity promotion as the primary goal of FITNESSGRAM. [...]

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 November 24th, 2014|OPEN Blog|5 Comments

Depth of Knowledge Question Stems for Physical Education

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 – [...]

By | 2017-06-04T14:38:41+00:00 November 17th, 2014|OPEN Blog|4 Comments