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Physical Education News: October 2017

Hello all, I hope everyone is getting settled in.  I am having a wonderful experience so far, and I am excited to see the positive attitudes so far.  I’d like to introduce myself to those who have not met me yet, my name is Tommy Magner, I am a native of Ann Arbor and recent graduate of Western Michigan University.  I have spent the last 9 years coaching swim and water polo, ages as young as 4 and as old as 40.  One thing I have learned is that attitude unlocks potential.

Why physical education?

We are working together to build health literate, respectful  citizens.  Students are expected to show growth in the following areas:

  1. Social skills — Cooperation, compassion, responsibility, and best effort (These are my class expectations)
  2. Motor skills — Different ways to move, balance, throw, kick, and much more
  3. Fitness  — Flexibility, strength, and endurance, heart rate
  4. Cognitive skills   — Tactics, game rules, problem solving, goal setting, how the body works

 

Please read the 3 points below — some policies that may be new this year

1. Water bottles

Students need to have a water bottle in class.  This allows for more opportunity (reduced time for water breaks), and healthier students.  

2. Pool/changing — Equipment, responsibility, and practice

Students should have their own swim suit, towels and goggles.  Goggles help your child learn proper technique and see swimming skills underwater. It is the students “job/responsibility” to be prepared for class.  The pool locker room is a place for students to quickly and quietly change, without assistance from adults.  Please help your student by reinforcing this “job” at home, especially if they are not used to fixing inside-out clothes.  This one is mostly directed at the K-1s, 2-3s.

3. Fitness testing/PACER — Next week!

Students 2-3 and up will be conducting fitness testing this week, including the PACER.  Please be advised that students should have water and their best attitude with them.  Fitness testing:

  • Identifies specific strengths and needs
  • Lays the groundwork for many important life skills: goal setting, building resilience, self-confidence, achievement, work ethic, and more.  

There should be no worries regarding your score.  We are only looking to learn more about ourselves.

Why physical education?

We are working together to build health literate, respectful citizens.  Students are expected to show growth in the following areas:

  1. Social skills — Cooperation, compassion, responsibility, and best effort (class expectations)
  2. Motor skills — Different ways to move, balance, throw, kick, and much more
  3. Fitness  — Flexibility, strength, endurance, heart rate, and designing workouts
  4. Cognitive skills   — Tactics, game rules, problem solving, goal setting, how the body works

 

A small note concerning my teaching style:

Physical education will be challenging, rewarding, and fun.  The games I design can often be played without referees, sports leagues, or even large numbers of participants.  We will spend time learning skills, not just “playing games”.  

Like any class, there is an expectation that a student will show up and do the work.  I do my best to make sure there is always an opportunity for success, regardless of your child’s background in organized sports.  There will also be failure along the way, just as in life, and that is a good thing.  I hope to instill resilience and determination over the course of the year.  Please assist me by encouraging and rewarding health-enhancing behaviors, especially involving physical activity.  

 

Health is not a destination, but a sum of your everyday behaviors, for better or for worse.  

Happy moving!

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