Cooperative Skills Challenge for Physical Education


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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

Featured PE Teacher – Charles Silberman


This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Charles Silberman!

Charles SilbermanAbout Charles:

I am a Physical Education Teacher at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD. I teach Head Start through 5th grade. There are a total of 900 students at the school, and I teach close to half of those from all grades. Some call me Mr. Silberman, Mr. Superman, or Mr. Silver. I am in my first year there, but have been teaching for 15 years. I am loving it so far! Friendly staff, supportive and progressive administration, and great students and communities.

I have taught health, PE, and grades all the way up to eight. I have taught in so many situations, and I am grateful to have such a breadth of experience and to have crossed paths with so many wonderful people.

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March Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar


Our March Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this basketball themed fitness calendar for the month of March 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar March 2018

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Featured PE Teacher – Randy Watts


This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Randy Watts!

physical education Randy WattsAbout Randy:

My name is Randy Watts and I teach Middle School  6th, 7th and 8th graders. This my 25th year of teaching and all have been at Simpson Middle School in Marietta, Georgia. I have had the pleasure of teaching such cooperative students over the years and this has lead to several awards. Most recently I was honored as Simpson Middle School Teacher of the Year along with Cobb County P.E. TOTY twice. I have also received Georgia’s Program of the Year Award and Georgia’s Intramural Director of the Year.

I have also made efforts to create and submit information abut my game idea that is being licensed, which has motivated me to also promote many of my other unique lessons. I have recently been spending my time on the committee that is rewriting and reviewing the state of Georgia’s P.E. standards for grades K-12. Continue reading

Team Sled Challenge – PE Activity Using STEAM


Add some STEAM to your PE or recreational program! Challenge students to work together to create a sled using cardboard and duct tape, which they will then use to race the other team through a simple track or obstacle course. This is a great team building activity and can even be used for your upcoming Field Day events.

To Get Started:

  • Divide students into teams of 4-7
  • Determine if you are going to use a Team Pull Hardness or a Rope for students to pull the sleds.
  • Each team can determine how their sled will be pulled. Teams can have the rider of the sled simply hold onto the harness or rope, or the harness or rope can be secured to the sled.
  • Each team is given the materials below.

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