How to Host a Literacy Night for Physical Education

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A Literacy Night is a great way to show how integrating literacy through physical activity is simple and can improve reading and writing abilities. You can work with classroom teachers, the PTO, and the community to put this event together. Here are a few physical activity ideas to include in the event to support your school’s efforts.

Yoga Cards

This company called the Alphabet Workout has a number of free and affordable activities that focus on teaching phonics and letters to young children struggling to learn this topic. One great activity to get exercise and improve the basics of reading at the same time is yoga. In this activity, a set of cards with letters on them correspond to different yoga poses. Each card has a picture of a child doing the pose on the front along with a short story about the pose on the back of the card for the teacher to read. Older students can read the story themselves as well as do the poses independently. Learn more about the benefits and how to incorporate yoga into your classroom. Continue reading



Why Teachers are Incorporating Yoga in the Classroom

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Yoga has become a great way for classroom teachers, PE teachers, and even after school coordinators to help students de-stress from their day, re-energize and clear their minds to focus. Yoga creates the support for students to not just build up their minds, but their bodies as well, better preparing them for their future. Below we list the 7 major benefits of incorporating yoga into the classroom, introduce you to our friends at Yoga Foster, and share how one teacher is using yoga in her classroom.

Our friends over at Yoga Foster advocate and heavily support the use of yoga throughout the school day and have success story after success story from educators that have used their program. We are so inspired by the work Yoga Foster is doing that we’ve even partnered with them to create an online course for PE Teachers (which can also be tailored to after school professionals and classroom teachers) that walks you through introducing yoga to your students. Continue reading



How to Use Storytelling Yoga in the Classroom

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classroom storytelling yogaIf you have an extra 15 minutes you can accomplish three things in your classroom:

  • Calm yourself and your students
  • Engage them in a story
  • Become more physically fit

You can accomplish all of this through Storytelling Yoga. It combines two popular yet age old activities; storytelling and yoga. The benefits of both activities alone are incredible, but when combined, you will likely engage more students than you normally would using only one of the two. This appeals to visual learners, audio learners and kinesthetic learners. 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