I often create graphics and resources and share them freely. This page will serve as a one-stop location for me to post links for others to download and use these resources. Check back here regularly to see what’s new.
Meaningful Physical Education ‘Nudge’
My professional goal for the 22/23 school year focuses on my physical education classes. Inspired by the vibrant conversations around the Meaningful Physical Education book I want to find ways in which to make my PE classes more meaningful. I created this document to sit above my desk as a daily ‘nudge’ to remind me to find ways to ensure each feature of meaningful PE is present in my lesson planning. The meaningful PE approach isn’t a plug & play curriculum and it doesn’t seek to replace other existing PE practices, but as someone who values each of the meaningful PE features, I am convinced that I can serve my students better by continually making space in my lessons for social interaction, challenge, fun, motor competence, personally relevant learning and delight. Click here to download a pdf copy of this image.
Check out this Spotify playlist of meaningful PE podcasts!
Grades Do Not Define Your Worth
I’m a fan of the tear-off poster template on Canva, and have used it for my popular Free Compliment Friday initiative, in addition to my recent Affirmations poster. During finals times I have been known to hang this poster around school. Feel free to do the same if you want to help spread the message that students are so much more than their grade.
Black History Month Resources for the #HealthEd Classroom
Conversations about race and health is an area in which I have grown, but have much more work to do. I collate as many resources as I can and save them to a Pinterest board in order to return to them again and again. As we enter Black History Month, now is an opportune moment for you to explore the intersections of race and health and encourage your students to have conversations about disparity and inequity. It goes without saying that these conversations should be had often, and not just during any particular month. The African-American experience of health in America has often been a harsh one, and there is much to be done to address this. In this interactive calendar I have shared resources that highlight this experience, but also share links to stories of significant contributions to our subject from influential Black changemakers from the past and the present. I welcome ALL feedback in response to my sharing of some of my favorite resources that you can use in your teaching, or for your own personal journey.
Using techniques covered in this VERY popular blog post on creating virtual classrooms, my choice boards are simple, and have been well received by students. Created in Canva, each board embeds links to 16 themed resources that can be used in a variety of ways. They are a great asynchronous opportunity, or can be used over time to boost knowledge of a particular topic. They would make great sub plan lessons too!
Quite simply, students choose a resource that resonates with them and answer the three simple reflections at the end of the document. The questions that my students asked after the first use of the ‘Brain and Exercise’ board were so good I ended up Zooming an expert to get their response! The board below has links to magazine articles, New York Times articles, TED talks and podcast episodes – there’s something there for everyone!
Click on the image below to access the folder where I will drop each of my choice boards. They are interactive PDF’s, so make sure you share the PDF with your students and not a JPG image instead.
I first saw this poster in a school while presenting at the OAHPERD conference. I took this photo and couldn’t find the original anywhere online, so perhaps it was created by the teacher named in the poster. The version of the poster I am sharing has changed for 2020 based on the feedback from a disabled disability advocate in this tweet. Click on the image to download the poster – Happy Halloween!
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