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December PE HBON

Hello again,

Our students are building team skills, strategies, and focusing on improvement as our indicator of success.

The big picture this month: Teamwork and social responsibility

Motor skills, fitness, and mental toughness are all important factors for health.  Our social behaviors impact all three of these greatly.  When we have a positive social environment we can accomplish more and deal with things like failure.  Students 2-8 are all working on a simple game in which we pass the ball to each classmate once before stopping the clock.  Students must work together quickly while developing strategies to knock off more time.  Our current record is 19 students in 29.25 seconds.

 

 

Notes for all:

Kindergarten-1st grade notes:
K-1s have been working on furthering their front crawl and underwater skills.  Many K-1s have shown great bravery and have stuck their heads underwater on their own for the first time.

In gym, we have played plenty of tag games, which help introduce the idea that your heart gets stronger when you make it go faster.  Tag games also teach spacial awareness and will help improve all sorts of skills such as avoiding collisions.  Students are currently working on underhand throw, balance, and coordination.

2-3 notes

Athlete of the Day:  We recognize each class for 2-3 and 4-5 one student that is caring, responsible, cooperative, and demonstrates best effort.  The athlete of the day does not need to be the best at sports or the fastest.  We want to recognize those students who show the end goal of physical education, to appreciate and participate in health-enhancing behaviors, especially social interaction.

Our 2-3 students have really progressed in the water with their freestyle, I see longer, more efficient swimming which means more fun and less struggle.  We will now be able to shift our focus onto other skills, strokes and games.

4-5 notes

Athlete of the Day:  We recognize each class for 2-3 and 4-5 one student that is caring, responsible, cooperative, and demonstrates best effort.  The athlete of the day does not need to be the best at sports or the fastest.  We want to recognize those students who show the end goal of physical education, to appreciate and participate in health-enhancing behaviors, especially social interaction.

4-5s are self-motivated to warm-up and are now.  We have a strong group of swimmers who are eager to work on their own technique and how to improve.  It is nice to see swimmers remember what we worked on from week to week without even reminding them.

In the gymnasium, our students have done a nice job with a hockey unit, learning how to control extensions, building up motor control while giving their hearts a good workout.

 

6-8 notes

My middle school class group did a great job in the gym with hockey, I had 99% enthusiastic participation and some semblance of team play.  Middle school students officiate their own games but still are expected to play mostly to the rules.  I have seen a few students choose to put themselves in a place that makes them nervous and choose to play in a game, even if they didn’t think they were very good.

My elective class most recently worked on pickleball, a net game that is halfway between ping pong and tennis.  Students impressed me with the high level of hand-eye coordination.  Middle school gym elective will be in the pool in December working on water polo as our next activity.  Please make sure your student has a school-appropriate suit for class.

 

 

Until next time,
Tommy

 

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