How Achilles Kids Can Inspire Special Education PE Classes

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Two years ago, I was working at a summer day camp where I began talking to a co-worker about programs that we used with our students. I told her that I was a runner and I used the programs through the New York Runner’s Club. In prior years, I was struggling to find programs for my 12:1 special education physical education classes who were lacking motivation and not willing try something new. She suggested this great program that she used with her students with disabilities called Achilles Kids. I was really curious about the program, so that night I did my research on the program. Once I saw the video on YouTube explaining the Achilles Kids Program, I was sold! In the Fall of 2015, I took the plunge and signed up three of my 12:1 classes for the Achilles Kids: Run for Life Program with Karen Lewis. I was so glad I did!

My Journey Using The Achilles Kids Program

My first year with Achilles Kids was a huge success, but it was a challenge to get there. As was the case in years past, the students resisted the change from the regular routine and did not want to run and participate in the program. However, I started to run with them and told them about the different prizes that they would receive if they reached their goals. First, the certificates came in the mail, and for many of these students this would be the first award they had ever received! Soon, there was no more complaining and it was replaced with a motivation that I was so excited to see. They started striving to go a little further every time they came into the gym. Not only did they start to get moving, but they motivated me to start to run again and I started to go after my personal goal of running a marathon. Continue reading



Anti-Bullying Craft Activity – Empowering Kids to Advocate for A Cause

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Bullying Prevention Month in October is the perfect opportunity to teach children the importance of not only being aware and empathetic of social issues like bullying, but also the importance of advocating for them. Whether you are a teacher, afterschool professional, or any other program dealing with youth or teens, the topic is important to discuss.

There are many great projects, curriculums and programs to highlight bullying prevention that can help explain to children types of bullying, how to identify when someone is being bullied, and what they can try to do when they encounter it. Most certainly, these are invaluable lessons and teaching our children to be kind, tolerant and empathetic are social skills that will have positive results for them and those around them throughout their lives. Continue reading



Featured PE Teacher – Carli Kelly

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This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Carli Kelly:

About Carli:

I teach Early Kindergarten – 6th grade PE and High School Health. I teach about 400 kids at Norway-Vulcan Area Schools in Michigan. My title is Physical Education/Health Teacher. This is my 8th year teaching!

Current Lesson Plan:

Right now in PE we are doing the EPEC Curriculum (Exemplary Physical Education) which is a Michigan PE curriculum. It is a comprehensive and flexible K-5 physical education and physical activity system leading to physical literacy for learners – More skill, more confidence and more motivation to be physically active today and tomorrow. There are 35 skills to teach that cover – Locomotor Skills, Object-Control Skills, Knowledge, Activity Fitness, and Personal/Social Skills. We are also working on Soccer skills, including Foot Dribbling and Instep Kick. For Middle School we are finishing up NFL Play60.

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Fitness Tic Tac Toe Activity for PE

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Nebraska Extension is a nationally respected educational leader. Extension delivers research-based knowledge to people through direct teaching, experiential learning opportunities and publications. One of the program areas offered by Nebraska Extension is Food, Nutrition, and Health. My job as an Extension Educator of Food, Nutrition, and Health is to take research and evidence based curriculum and increase the nutritional and physical literacy of the children and families in Nebraska. Nebraska Extension’s Food, Nutrition, and Health Department identified a need to select a comprehensive and researched based curriculum to use as our direct education tool. Following the selection of our research and evidence based curriculum, we discovered a need for supplemental physical activity supplies. Continue reading



Classroom Book Activity – How Rocket Learned to Read

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Classroom Book Activities for: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Story Summary

In this wonderful story about words and reading, a little yellow bird teaches a dog named Rocket the alphabet. Soon he discovers the joy of using letters to make words and reading stories all by himself!

Recommended Ages: Grades 1 – 2

Activity 1

  • Gather the class on the rug to introduce How Rocket Learned to Read. As a whole class do a picture walk of the story. The teacher can model how to do a picture walk or students can volunteer to say what they notice about the pictures.
  • During the picture walk, introduce new vocabulary such as marvel and captivated. Write the new words on chart paper.
  • After the picture walk, read the story to the class.

Materials

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