How to Get Family Involved in Your PE Program


Are you looking for ways to involve family in your PE program? By inviting parents and other family members to attend PE class at your school, it helps encourage students to participate. Scheduling family time is a great way to inspire both family and students to stay physically active and learn different activities together as a group.

PE teacher Mary Cluley shares some great ideas below, including Playing with Pops in PE, Movement with Moms, and Gigglin’ and Groovin’ with Grandparents.

Family Time for Physical Education

To make sure we have attendance of the parents and grandparents, I create a flyer that goes home in the student Monday folders about a month before. View the samples here.

I choose the games for each of these activities for many reasons. First, different activities are for different age groups. I also like to choose active games, and take into consideration space requirements regarding safety. And lastly, it must be FUN for all!

Playing with Pops in PE

family night PE

About 90% of the dads in our school come during their child’s PE class! Some of the activities include Build Up, Hot Potato Tag, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Mushroom Ball, and Oogedy Boogedy Tag. The dads all seemed to have such a good time! Continue reading

Featured PE Teacher – Gay Lynn Drooger


This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Gay Lynn:

featured pe teacherAbout Gay Lynn:

I teach Pre-K through 4th grade and Adaptive PE at Edgerton Public School in Edgerton, MN. My title is Elementary PE & DAPE Teacher. I teach 175 students and each class has PE every day for 30 min. I have been teaching for 32 years, all in Edgerton.

The photo to the right is of myself and a second grade boy who just learned to skip. Never give up on kids!

PE Focus for 2018:

My focus is to camouflage exercise! I want PE to be so much fun they don’t even know they are exercising! I love finding new ideas on twitter, PE websites, etc… Continue reading

Dodgeball Game Alternatives & Activities


There are so many alternatives to the traditional game of dodgeball that many enjoy playing. Some are themed and can combine a number of skills to make it more challenging and exciting, while others have multiple ways a team can win. Many skills are practiced during these dodgeball alternative games, including agility, catching, throwing, coordination, teamwork, jumping, running and dodging.

If you’re an after school program or a summer camp, these games are great for integrating movement and exercise into the day. According to Active Schools, only 6 states in the US require physical education in every grade, so you can really make a difference with the children in your program by providing these opportunities to get active. If you are considering introducing one or two of these to your PE Program, games like this can be a nice break from strict skill building drills once in awhile in order to focus on the fun part of physical activity. Continue reading

Featured PE Teacher – Ali Jaafar


Ali Jaafar PE Teacher

This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Ali Jaafar.

About Ali:

I teach K-5 Elementary Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education at Bartlett Elementary and Hardy Elementary in South Lyon, Michigan. I teach about 500 students. This is my 6th year teaching, 3rd in my current school district. (Twitter: @MrJaafarPE)

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

We are working on Overhand Throw. I teach overhand throw while explaining the rules of “Fowling”. Fowling is a game invented by a local Detroit resident that combines football, bowling, and lawn games. Continue reading

Cooperative Skills Challenge for Physical Education


PE cooperative fitness challenge

The PE Central Cooperative Skills Challenge has been one of the most popular physical education programs ever. We estimate that over 1.2 million children have participated in the Skills Challenge since its’ debut in 1999. The program is unique in that it is one of the few Challenges that have focused primarily on motivating children to practice motor skills such as throwing, catching, volleying and striking.

The Challenge is composed of a series of six motor skill challenges. Four of the challenges involve kids working with partners while the other two are individual challenges. The Challenge combines fun motor skills (e.g., throwing and catching), fun equipment (4 of the challenges require balls of kids choice to be manipulated) and the most important aspect is that a majority of the challenges can only be completed by working successfully with a partner. Continue reading

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