Identity

In writing this blog and sharing it, I know that I am speaking to friends and like-minded teachers and educators and probably athletes and/or movement activists who are already converted.  Preaching to the choir, so to speak.  We identify with the importance of education, we have committed our lives to work with young people and we subscribe …

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What Does Self-Discipline Look Like in the Classroom?

What does it mean to be self-disciplined? How can we mimic this concept in the classroom? I recently read the book, “Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, Good to Great” by Jim Collins and one of the concepts that jumped out at me right away was that of self-discipline.  What is self-discipline? According …

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Changing the Perception of Physical Education

I came across a recently published article in The Atlantic entitled “What the Fitness Industry Doesn’t Understand.” To summarize, the article is about how the fitness industry seems to miss out on connecting with the emergent fitness enthusiast due to the fact that most gyms, fitness programs, etc. cater to those who are already predisposed …

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“Don’t Say Gay” – When Can We Say Gay?

Recently Florida passed a controversial bill centering on the teaching of sexual orientation in public schools. Part of the text of the bill (HB 1557) bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Any instruction on these topics cannot occur in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally …

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hELLth- Supporting English language learners in General Health Education Classes

I have always struggled most with teaching my English Language Learners (ELLs). Through degrees in health, PE and literacy I did not have any classes that addressed the specific needs of ELLs. We face some particular challenges as health educators with ELLs. In most classes, students have a teacher certified in TESOL to support their …

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“The Space Between”: Identifying Barriers to Inclusion for Students with Disabilities

If there is one lesson I've learned as an Adapted Physical Education (APE) teacher, it is that Physical Education (P.E.) is one of the most powerful and essential tools for ALL kids to connect, belong and be brave.  When I first started my career as an APE teacher, I, along with my colleagues who teach …

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The Whole Picture: The Importance Of Teaching The Social Determinants of Health

Growing up, I was taught that any benefits or consequences that I would reap from my health would be due to my own efforts and decisions. It turns out that was a lie. Listen, I'm not saying that our choices as individuals do not affect our wellness; I'm just saying that it's not the whole …

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Can Health Education Reduce Crime?

Perhaps. Many Health Educators promote the benefits of meditation on mental health and share the practice with their students. With resources that offer free subscriptions for educators like Calm, Headspace and Downdog, it is quite easy to engage students in mindfulness during a class. Probably the most interesting benefit of a particular type of meditation, …

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Putting HEALTH Into Our Mental Health Lessons

May is Mental HEALTH Awareness month and a great time to reflect on our work as HEALTH educators. When New York State passed legislation mandating the inclusion of mental health in our programs, my first thought was, “No worries, I already do this.” And it’s true. I help kids understand the similarities between the symptoms …

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