Featured PE Teacher – Sandra Hagenbach

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

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Myself and some students from my FUTP60 team at a Packer game which we attended by winning a contest

About Sandra:

I am a Physical Education teacher at Heritage Elementary School in De Pere, Wisconsin. I teach Kindergarten through fourth grade, and we have about 500 students at my school. I’ve been teaching for over 30 years! I love to integrate classroom literacy with physical literacy. And my favorite part about being a PE teacher is seeing a student smile when they are successful.

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

We teach a Nutrition Unit and then have “Heart Week”. Heart Week consists of a full gym Circulatory System obstacle course that teaches the circulatory system and heart health. Our Nutrition Unit emphasizes the concepts of Whoa-Slow-G0 foods, Energy IN=Energy Out and the number of servings needed a day from the MyPlate food groups for older students. Younger students concentrate on identifying the food groups and eating a balanced diet from all the food groups. The older students get to use the app Eat & Move O’Matic which helps teach the concept of Energy In=Energy Out.  Younger students have fruit, vegetable, grain and protein bean bags to sort and catch as they learn about the food groups. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Michael Beringer

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Michael Beringer PE teacherAbout Michael Beringer:

I’m a Physical Education Specialist at Fairview School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I teach K4 through 8th grade Physical Education and Adaptive Physical Education for 640 students. I have been teaching for 21 years in two school districts. I have been at my current school for the past 19 years.

Besides my teaching duties, I am also a Ropes Course Facilitator, Adaptive Athletics Coach, and a JRFH & Hoops for Heart Coordinator. In 2013, I was awarded the WHPE Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award and in 2015 I was awarded the WHPE JRFH/Hoops for Heart Educator of the Year Award. I’ve been very blessed to able to teach kids how to be lifelong movers. My motto is Movement Matters!! Teaching kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and why a healthy lifestyle is important in their daily lives is just plain awesome. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Ali Jaafar

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Ali Jaafar PE Teacher

This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Ali Jaafar.

About Ali:

I teach K-5 Elementary Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education at Bartlett Elementary and Hardy Elementary in South Lyon, Michigan. I teach about 500 students. This is my 6th year teaching, 3rd in my current school district. (Twitter: @MrJaafarPE)

Current Lesson Plan/Unit:

We are working on Overhand Throw. I teach overhand throw while explaining the rules of “Fowling”. Fowling is a game invented by a local Detroit resident that combines football, bowling, and lawn games. Continue reading



Cooperative Skills Challenge for Physical Education

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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 – Charles Silberman

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

Charles SilbermanAbout Charles:

I am a Physical Education Teacher at Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD. I teach Head Start through 5th grade. There are a total of 900 students at the school, and I teach close to half of those from all grades. Some call me Mr. Silberman, Mr. Superman, or Mr. Silver. I am in my first year there, but have been teaching for 15 years. I am loving it so far! Friendly staff, supportive and progressive administration, and great students and communities.

I have taught health, PE, and grades all the way up to eight. I have taught in so many situations, and I am grateful to have such a breadth of experience and to have crossed paths with so many wonderful people.

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