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Science Fair Day, one of many days throughout the year that the gym is used for an event that doesn't include teaching physical education. I understand and agree with the majority of things that misplace us and try to make the best of a difficult situation. I almost always don a pair of heels and dress like a classroom teacher! It's a field trip for me- I get to see my students in a different environment and they get to see a different side of me.
Today I decided on Heart Healthy Bingo. The template isn't perfect but it works. I clip art different foods into the columns and print out cards to pull out of a hat. I also print out exercise cards that can be done in the classroom like jogging in place, cross country skiing, etc. Students pick a card out of a bucket. If it is a food, I give them hints like, "This is an orange root vegetable." If it is an exercise card, they stand behind their chair and perform the exercise for the desired time limit or skip count. We play until someone has "Bingo!"
Every class finished with about 5 -10 minutes left in the 40 minute class. We then watched and discussed this video from KidPresident.com. My students loved it! It is worth the 4 minutes! Take a look. My favorite line is....."Treat everyone like its their birthday, even if they don't deserve it."
The first week of basketball is all about ball-handling. We move from sitting to kneeling to standing then finally to moving. We were discussing our rubric for dribbling and I wanted the students to grasp the idea of shifting their body weight to change directions. I wanted them to not stand flat footed but to have the weight on the balls of their feet. As they sat there, I noticed the bottom of their sneakers. There are some brands of sneakers that have a circle on the exact spot that you push off of when you need to change direction. So, I walked over, grabbed the child's sneaker and spun him around on his bottom to show all of the students in the class. They were entertained and focused! They all looked at their sneakers to see if they had the spot! Hysterical and educational! Definitely got my point across.
We started basketball today!
(Better late than never, right. Actually, it was perfect timing. My illustrator, Steve McGinnis, was finishing up my basketball book, "Swish." The students got to see the story with pictures- it was awesome!)
Sorry, I digress..............
So, anyway, I'm setting up for my basketball lesson. The first ball-handling lesson involves every student having a ball. So I inflated 63 balls today, to be exact! I am fortunate to have this many balls and to be able to have all children moving at the same time. However, I have serious issues with students touching the balls while I am speaking. So, to solve the problem, I placed every ball on a deck ring. (I prefer to call them donuts but the professional jargon is deck ring.)
Whenever, I was speaking the students placed the ball on the deck ring. The problem was not eliminated but it definitely reduced the, non-productive waiting for attention time, and increased activity time.
Anyway, the first lesson ended and I was maneuvering the donuts around for the next class by using my feet. "Holy Cow Batman", I thought and then said to my colleague, "These deck rings are perfect indoor soccer balls for dribbling and passing!" Each pass of a doughnut was like a perfect Olympic curling shot! They slide across the floor beautifully!
My soccer lessons are like my basketball lessons, every student has a ball on the first day. However, when inclement weather hits, indoor soccer is another issue for me. Even the slowest Nerf ball moves too fast for my best Kindergarten student, so you can imagine how happy I was to kick a doughnut! I wanted to shout hooray at the top of my lungs! ............Really hoping it works!
Do you think it is too soon to start soccer?
In baby blogs, I will be sharing short thoughts related to my teaching day and outlook on life.
First, I just have to share our reading teacher's precious moment. Mrs. Thompson is a veteran teacher who has a daughter that now works as a substitute teacher in the district. On Friday, Ms. Thompson was in our building. During reading, a second grader said to Mrs. Thompson. "You know, Mrs. Thompson, you really should have named your daughter something different. It is confusing to us to have two Ms. Thompson's!"
This reminded me of my funniest elementary student moment.
I was standing in the doorway of the gym. Down the very end of the hall was one of my kindergarten students. He started waving and shouting "Jim, hey, Jim!" I looked up and down the hall. No one was around but me. That's when it dawned on me that I was, JIM! He figured that since his teacher said,"We're going to Gym," and I was always there when he got there, I must be Jim! Makes perfect sense!
Please share your adorable moments!
Lynn Hefele is a physical education teacher at Southdown Primary School in Huntington, NY and the President of Literature Enhanced Physical Education