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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Becoming a Youth Leader – An Afterschool Journey

By Derrick Hatch, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Winner

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Mr. Derrick with his YAB leadership students.

A Job Or A Career?

When I began working in the afterschool field, I didn’t quite know what I was signing up for. Sure, I was excited about the job; but at the time, it was a placeholder until something better came along.

Oh how wrong I was.

In the beginning, I didn’t think I was quite cut out for the work. Here I was, a white 23 year-old from suburban Southern California. Was I really qualified to be working with kids and teens in the inner-city? What if they laughed at me? What if they made fun of me?

Well, they did laugh, and they did make fun of me. And I joyfully embraced it all. Continue reading

Indoor Activity Ideas for Senior Residents

Are your residents feeling “stuck” indoors during the cold or rainy weather? If your residents are bored or are suffering from cabin fever, create some fun activities that use their mind, their hands, and their creativity. Here are a few to test out today:


To stimulate the mind, start off with matching games for residents to play, like a memory match game with real life images and thick foam pieces to make them easy to grasp. In addition, try out several new trivia games for your residents, like a Jingles and Taglines trivia game, a legends of the Old West trivia game, or a 1960s trivia game.

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