It’s time to get excited about Field Day! Students and teachers look forward to this day because it gets them outside and having fun with new and exciting activities. Another great aspect of Field Day is it teaches kids the importance of working as a team. We’ve highlighted 12 different team building games and activities that are both challenging and fun! At the end of this blog you’ll find a link for our 3 FREE Field Day Guides with detailed activities submitted by professional PE teachers. Happy Field Day!
Having a strong health and wellness program in your school is very important. We love to highlight schools that have made a difference in physical education. Coach Terri Pitts from Colonial Hills Elementary School shares how her school educated their students and the community about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
Colonial Hills Get’s Active:
Colonial Hills Elementary is located in San Antonio, Texas and has approximately 780 students. It is a bilingual school, and approximately 80% of the families are considered economically disadvantaged. Two years ago our school initiated a Wellness Committee comprised of twelve staff members and six community partners.
We also initiated our Colonial Hills’ KSHAC (Kids School Health Advisory Council). It is a 21 member council of enthusiastic 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students that meet two to three times a month to develop their own ideas on ways they can promote health and wellness through their actions on our campus. They act as leaders by being the voice for the student body as it relates to physical and mental health.
Let’s pretend that you are my student. The plan is for you be fit healthy and active for life. As your teacher I’m supposed to give you the knowledge, skills & tools to be able to be fit, healthy, and active for life. However, every student does not succeed at this. How can I assess them to help them become successful? I can assess your motor skills, social skills, and record your fitness measurements. I might even be progressive enough to test your cognitive knowledge of health, fitness and nutrition. But how far did I help you climb up Bloom’s Pyramid of Taxonomy? How deep is your knowledge? Can you remember and understand applications of the present topic in order to analyze the information? Can you do this while evaluating the new knowledge you have accessed in order to reach the pinnacle of the pyramid, thereby blooming like a flower with pedals for creation?
In my first week on the job at S&S Worldwide, I was invited to a presentation by Focused Fitness. CEO Karen Cowan and COO Ron Malm started by sharing with us their vision, which is the same as ours; to help people play and learn. They hope to achieve this vision by encouraging life long wellness through programs on fitness, health, activity, and nutrition.
Unified Physical Education at Illing Middle School is a course designed to provide regular education students with a firm grasp on basic sports skills, and strong leadership skills an opportunity to work with students’ with special needs.
Students enrolled in Unified PE are paired with students with intellectual and/or physical disabilities that are of similar age and/or matched by sport skill ability. As a pair, students develop skills in various sports and finish each unit with a culminating activity. The program helps to build confidence and improve on important social skills, all while giving students a chance to create a new friendships and feelings of self-worth.