Cooperative Skills Challenge for Physical Education


PE cooperative fitness challenge

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 – 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

Featured PE Teacher – Tom Erskine


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

Tom Erskine PE teacherAbout Tom:

I am the head of Physical Education at Fulbridge Academy in Peterborough, England. We teach from reception (3 year olds) to year 6 (11 year olds). We currently have 864 children within our school and we teach all of these children twice a week. We teach 60 children at a time, in two classes. We have 6 members of Specialist PE staff that cover all PE across the school, as well as two fulltime dance teachers that teach the children dance throughout there school year. I have been teaching now for 10 years at Fulbridge.

Physical Education Program:

We deliver different units to different age groups each term. This is how we structure our set up for PE. We are also incredibly lucky to have had a lot of funding from our school to develop our facilities to enhance out PE curriculum. We have a soft play room, caving system, 3G astro pitch as well as a wide range of equipment and resources. As we teach from reception to year 6, we split our year groups into phases and each phase has a different approach to PE. Continue reading

Featured PE Teacher – Mary Cluley


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

mary cluley pe

About Mary
I am a Physical Education teacher at Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls, TX.  I teach grades 3k – 5th, and a total of approximately125 students. I am lucky enough to have been teaching for 23 years.

PE Focus for 2018
My focus is always: “Helping all young people enjoy physical activity now and for the rest of their lives!” This quote is taken from one of my TAHPERD Journals, and I love it so much. Continue reading

Human Frogger Activity for Physical Education


Joel Smedes, PE teacher at Vientiane International School in Vientiane, Laos shares his Human Frogger activity idea used for an Adventure Challenges unit. It’s a fun way to turn games into reality!

Human Frogger – Land

This game is an original that I created. I simply got the inspiration from the popular Human Hungry Hippos activity. I brainstormed ways we could have students act as frogs to get across to the other side. After a bit of trial and error within our class, we came up with the following format, where one frog is protected by their team to help them cross the floor, avoiding the balls being rolled at them.

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