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!

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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

6 Football Tailgate Party Ideas for Senior Residents


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Get your residents into the Super Bowl spirit on Super Bowl Sunday, which is on February 4th. Host a tailgate party for residents to enjoy. Set up fun tossing games throughout your facility for residents to play before the big game begins.

Cornhole: Teach residents how to play the popular backyard game of cornhole using cornhole boards and bean bags. Divide residents into teams and have each team try to toss their bean bags into their opponents’ cornhole board.

Ladder Toss: Play a game of ladder toss during your tailgate party by setting up the PVC ladders in your room and providing residents with bolos to toss onto the ladders. Award points to the teams whose bolos have remained on the ladders without falling off. Continue reading

Football Activities for Physical Education


Football is a popular sport, especially during the fall and winter months. The annual Super Bowl football game is the most-watched TV event in history, with over 110 million people tuning in to watch the big game every year. As a physical education teacher, you can capitalize on the hype and excitement that students and their families feel around game time. These activities, assessments, and bulletin board ideas we’ve compiled from PE Central will get your class’ head in the game!

Football Bulletin Boards

Before you start planning activities, take a look at this motivating bulletin board idea that includes facts about the game that students would find interesting and inspiring. Fact ideas include history of the first football game and equipment, as well as average salaries for top coaches and players.

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Across the USA Theme – State of Texas


Texas senior activitiesFor the Across the USA theme for March, take residents to the great state of Texas, since March is Texas History Month. Be sure to use the whole month as inspiration to provide activities that celebrate The Lone Star State. Here are some great ideas from notjustbingo.com:

Remember the Alamo

Texas themeThroughout March, schedule fun activities for your residents that educate them about the history of Texas. For instance, on March 2nd which is Texas Flag Day, decorate your Activity Room with a Texas state flag and share fun facts with residents about the state and how it became a part of the union in 1845. Consider hosting a Texas Trivia Contest to see who really knows their stuff about America’s second largest state. Continue reading

How to Get Your Residents Ready for Football Season


football season senior residentsWith football season here, it’s time to get your residents fired up to cheer on your local college and NFL teams throughout the fall season. Here are a few activity ideas from notjustbingo.com to add to your monthly calendars.

Football Crafts & Activities

Beading Party – Surprise your facility’s Beading Club with football beads for them to incorporate into their jewelry-making for the season. Host a special themed Beading Party and invite all residents – even those who do not normally bead – to make a football necklace for them to wear at your tailgate parties. Continue reading