Voted my Most Entertaining and Motivating Presenter
The SHAPE Convention was amazing but it started off absolutely harried for me! If you have ever taken the Long Island Expressway at rush hour or flown out of Laguardia, you know that it was never going to be smooth sailing to begin with. So, after arriving with a decent amount of time to spare, Delta posted a two hour delay! I then proceeded to leave my license in the white bin on the scanning conveyor and, subsequently to lose my cell phone on the plane! We arrived in St. Louis at midnight and missed the first shuttle by a millisecond!
The silver lining- John Jones! I’m standing in the shuttle line and this guy walks up behind me and introduces himself. Everyone in the airport is in P.E. garb so this didn’t shock me. However, I would later realize, John would probably have introduced himself to the next person in line in a New York City subway at midnight without hesitation!
My husband and I spent the rest of the conference with Stephanie and John Jones, laughing and talking about P.E presenting. John was presenting two sessions and I one. So while I probably wouldn't have gone to his session “Quick Games for Fun & Fitness (see previous blog), I couldn't wait to see what this out-going, charismatic, slightly crazy comedian/teacher was about!
The session was at 7:30 am on Friday in a double room and it was packed! He got people up, moving and laughing! Great ice breaker exercises that I will have to practice for months to perfect! He also used a terrific website for instantaneous feedback that is great for upper school students (if they are allowed to use cell phones in school.) The students simply text their answer to the assigned number and bar graphs display on a screen showing the results of the multiple choice question.
John then introduced partner games, line games, group drills, and finished up with a number of creative variations to home run derby, long base and keep away. Every participant was smiling and sweating. Video cameras were running and a line formed to get his manual.
If you have been following my blogs, you know that I am focusing on Literature Enhanced Physical Education, building a standards based curriculum, and promoting physical education as an academic discipline, however, I also understand that the best program on earth is a waste of time if the person delivering the information does not engage the learner. Ask anyone in the world about their favorite teacher and I guarantee you the answer will have more to do with the teacher as a person than the information being taught.
If you have a chance to witness John, he is well worth the price of admission. He also presents a session called “Speed Development, Track & Field for Females.” Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, Delta, for the delay!