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



How to Integrate Math into Physical Education

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It seems like mathematics is a subject that falls into three categories: you like it, you know enough to get by, or you absolutely hate it. For those who love it, I applaud you all. Now you can learn how to share your passion with your students.

Math is an integral part of our students’ lives. The reasons are obvious on the surface. It is is important in real life situations, from learning the basics of addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication to counting, and using money. Beyond that though, a student who feels the joy of math will be on the path to acheiving great things.

Integration of mathematics can be as simple or complex as you choose and material dictates. From solving the basic addition problem while practicing an exercising, to as complex as figuring out how the angle of a basketball shot will dictate the velocity of how it rebounds from the rim, there is no perfect or right way to integrate math into PE. However, there are some proven strategies from both experienced teachers and the science of how students learn that work best. Continue reading



April Printable Fitness Challenge Calendar

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Our April Fitness Challenge Calendar is here!

We teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of April 2018. Here is the link to the download, which is a total of pages with visuals:

Printable Fitness Calendar April 2018

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Featured PE Teacher – Ali Jaafar

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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



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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