I teach grades Pre-K through 4th in two different schools in my district. These grades also include MD, ABA, BD, ED and LLD classes. Because I teach in two different schools, I teach 632 students. I teach at Bryant Elementary School and Lowell Elementary School, both located in Teaneck, NJ. My title is Travel Physical Education teacher. We run on a 6 day A-F schedule and I am in one school on B, C, D days and the other on E, F, A days. I have been teaching full time for 4 years, all with Teaneck. I have been so grateful for having this stability and being able to watch my students grow.
Current Lesson Plan
My current lesson plan involves use of the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit. I use the games on Wii Fit to peak the students’ attention, since they are all familiar with video games. I use the Basic Run Plus program to show the students how to keep a good pace. During the school year, they have a lot of lessons outside running so I like to start the school year by introducing pace and having them practice with the Wii. The kids have a blast and get great exercise without realizing it! Continue reading →
Here’s a super fun popsicle stick craft for preschoolers (or any age for that matter) that I recently used for a “Families are Fun!” Storytime at Dripping Springs Community Library. I volunteer every other week to lead the Preschool storytime. Coming up with fun crafts to go along with the theme is always fun. There are many variations of this craft. You can even use the finished products as puppets, which is a fun idea. After a great storytime with books and songs about families and a silly puppet, we explained the idea for the craft to the moms and kids.
An idea I developed to encourage family fitness was to provide an opportunity for students to take PE equipment home and create activities to play with their families. I purchased five large plastic tubs, one for each grade level, K-4. I selected equipment where I had at least 5 items that I would not miss for class or did not use as often.
I also helped S&S Worldwide create these Take PE Home Tubs to add to their physical education product line. They are segmented by grade levels K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. It was exciting to be the one to inspire them, and to see my idea become something that everyone could incorporate into their PE class. You can find the Take PE Home Tubs on their website here.
I use an app to randomly select a student from each grade level who takes the tub home on Friday and returns in on following Thursday. If at the time their name is chosen they have positive ClassDojo points, I contact their parents prior to telling the student to be sure it would be a good week for the “Take PE Home” tub. Continue reading →
When I was growing up, I would spend all of September and October determining my costume for Halloween. Halloween back then meant trick or treating around the neighborhood with my siblings and friends, when we were really young our parents would accompany us and as we got older we also earned the right of less and less supervision. Now that I am a mother I wouldn’t feel comfortable with my children visiting houses at night where I do not know the owners, and luckily, I don’t have to worry due to the recent popularity of Trunk or Treat. In an effort to make Halloween safer, many communities across the country hold Trunk or Treat events as a safer alternative to the typical trick or treating of my youth. Continue reading →
Plickers magnet assessment, or “plagnets” for short, have been taking the Physical Education community by storm these past few months. Magnet assessment as an idea came from Joey Feith (PhysicalEducator.com), and he got the idea from teachers using SOLO Taxonomy where students track their learning via cognitive understanding rubrics. Students would put initials on chart paper, or place sticky notes as they advanced through the learning mini-objectives or targets. Joey decided to replace sticky notes with magnets, which was a wonderful idea! I fell in love with using the magnets, and my students were never more engaged than when they took control of their learning progressions. Continue reading →