Featured PE Teacher – Scott Dyer

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We are excited to start our Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page! This week’s spotlight is on Scott Dyer.

Scott DyerAbout Scott Dyer

I teach at PS 251 located in Brooklyn, New York. My school is public school that serves students from Pre Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. We are a part of the New York City Public Schools. I am the Physical Education Teacher, Chairperson of the School Wellness Committee, Professional Learning Community PE Facilitator for the Office of Wellness, and a Move-to-Improve Champion. Currently, I teach Pre Kindergarten through the Fifth Grade, and approximately 550 students a week. I have been teaching for over 14 years.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit

  • Pre K & K: I have been working on the fundamentals of the basic loco-motor skills and pathways as well as how to track a ball to properly catch it.
  • Grade 1-3:  They are learning the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship through the relay races while tossing a beach ball through a target.
  • Grades 4 & 5:  I am preparing them right now for the next parts of the FitnessGram (e.g. push-up, trunk lift, and curl-up) through various fitness circuits. In addition, I have ended each class with a game of Monster Ball.

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Castle Crushers PE Throwing Activity

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Castle Crushers is a game that takes the fun of a target throwing activity and combines it with team game elements and partner collaboration. The idea is to knock down the other team’s pins first. Altought it’s not a new concept, this version has some students on scooters in the roll of a ballista/catapult (throwers), their siege weapon controller partner (pushers and yarn ball ammo retrievers), and the pins up high on a stand (castle towers). I use music stands since they are readily available on my stage, but you could also use boxes, tables, chairs, etc.

Equipment Needed:

  • Large assortment of yarn balls or similar soft throwing objects
  • 5-10 bowling pins per team
  • Stands for each pin (or less if using tables as you could have 2-3 per)
  • 1 scooter per 2 students
  • Different color pinnies (or anything else to distinguish the 2 team targets)
  • Gym mats or other obstacles
  • Cones

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Aromatherapy Activity Ideas for Senior Facilities

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aromatherapy activitiesAromatherapy, a complimentary therapy that uses essential oils from plants or flowers, has been used for centuries by those wanting to improve a person’s well-being. Because the effectiveness of aromatherapy is wide-ranging, the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health only recognizes the therapy as a “complementary health approach.” Today, more and more nursing facilities are adding aromatherapy as a supplement to their traditional therapies of healing. Here are a few ideas from notjustbingo.com for implementing aromatherapy activities within your nursing facility. These can help your residents with pain, tiredness, lack of appetite, anxiety, and general well-being.

Alleviating Pain

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With pain being a top concern for seniors in nursing facilities, caretakers can use essential oil massages as a way to help alleviate their residents’ aches and discomfort. One way is to provide gentle massages by adding a few drops of essential oils to lotion before applying to the skin. Continue reading



St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Activities

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some fun crafts and activities! Make shamrocks, leprechauns, and other creative Irish themed projects to add some luck and color to the holiday. These ideas are great for both kids and adults.

Wooden Shamrock 

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This is one of our favorite holiday craft ideas from our craft expert Crafty Kate. She used some of our leftover wooden hearts from Valentine’s Day and used them to make a 4 leaf clover! Use green stain to give it a realistic look. Then fit them together with tacky glue. Add a popsicle stick to the end for the stem. The finished clover can be used as a hanging decoration or a cup holder! Continue reading



St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Physical Education

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Whether you’re Irish or not- today is your lucky day! PE Central has compiled a list of bulletin board ideas, warm-up activities and lesson ideas that will help you get your students moving this St. Patrick’s Day.

Bulletin Board Ideas

  • We Are So Lucky to Have PE – As we know & champion for, physical education is important and there’s nothing like this cute bulletin board idea to remind your students and school how lucky they are to have it.

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