Featured PE Teacher – Emily Leffelman

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

emily leffelman physedAbout Emily:

I teach Kindergarten through 8th grade Physical Education and 8th grade Health Education at Van Orin Elementary School and Allen Junior High School in Illinois. I teach 141 students daily, and have been teaching for a total of 9 years.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

Allen Junior High (6-8th) will be starting the Frisbee Unit. The 4th and 5th graders will review proper throwing steps and ways to catch the frisbee. They will then transition into target throwing. The 6-8th graders will begin by reviewing the rules of Ultimate Frisbee, then begin participation in Ultimate Frisbee games. The 4-8th students will then be introduced/review the rules of Golf and the unit will end by participating in Frisbee Golf. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Jodi Barasky

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

jodi barasky PE teacherAbout Jodi Barasky:

I teach Physical Education to about 140 students in grades K-8 at Rondout School District 72 in Lake Forest, Illinois. My favorite PE lesson plan/units are team building activities, Tchoukball, Dance and Yoga. I also love to hike in my spare time.

Current Lesson Play/Unit:

Six years ago, I was introduced to “Dancing With Class”, a dance program in Chicago specifically designed for Middle School students. Each year since then, our music teacher, the Dancing With Class program, and myself have jointly created a ballroom dance unit. This year we danced the Salsa, Tango and Swing. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Julia Stevens

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

Julia Stevens PE taacherAbout Julia Stevens:

I teach grades K-5 at Willamette Primary in West Linn, Oregon. I have 587 fantastic students in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. I am a Physical Education and Wellness Specialist – teaching both physical education skills in addition to integrating health literacy within my curriculum. I am the only PE/Wellness teacher at Willamette Primary! I have been teaching 6 years total. This is my 4th year at Willamette Primary. I love my school and I love my community.

 

Rhythmic Movement Unit

I just completed my Rhythmic movement unit, prepping students to perform various complex dances that integrate different relevant cultures and themes. I create the choreography well before the big show, then teach students during their classes in addition to prepping them with other tools and skills they may need prior to the performances (mindfulness, cooperative skills, team building activities, visualization techniques, etc). These dances are incredibly challenging and involve 2-3 different classes cooperating together to successfully perform for two shows. I also team up with our amazing Music teacher who helps students learn basic dance steps that they may use later on in life (grapevine, box step, line dancing basics, etc).

julia stevens pe teacher Continue reading