Physical Education Curriculum & Software #QPE

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Activity Logs: That Was Easy

Alex O’Brien asks two students to fill out a WELNET® Activity Log without giving them any other instruction. In the above video we see how easy it is for students to log and track their activity.

WELNET® was the first web-based software program for Health and Physical Education, and still the most comprehensive software available. If you are interested in demoing this powerful software in your school or district CLICK HERE and watch your physical education program continue to grow. Mostly importantly, you will be able to solidify that your program is showing student growth in health and fitness concepts, as well as overall physical literacy.


How to Keep Kids Motivated to Stay Active


By: Brandon Capaletti

How To Keep Kids Motivated To Stay Active

When your students come to physical education class, are they enthusiastic, or do they trudge in, fearing what impossible task they will be asked to perform? Motivating students in the physical education classroom is not necessarily easy, but it can be done! Here are some tips that will help you spark an interest in all of your students, even those who are not naturally athletic.

  1. Introduce the Unit Well

The key to keeping kids engaged throughout a unit — regardless of the topic covered — is introducing the unit well. Physical education instructors should view the beginning of the unit as their chance to “sell” the content. This involves a couple of steps: First, teachers need to provide an overview of what students will be learning and doing, and why it’s important. Then, the introduction should include what the teacher will be asking the students to accomplish. This helps those who are not naturally interested in physical education become engaged, because they know what is expected of them when assessment time comes.

After the introduction, the teacher should check for understanding. Asking the students what they will do when certain events in the game happen, for example, will show that they grasp the task at hand. The teacher can also check for understanding by asking for a physical movement, such as “show me a defensive basketball stance.”

  1. Break Down the Skill

Consider a unit on baseball. Perhaps a hitter’s stance and hitting the ball is natural to you after years of playing baseball. That does not mean it comes naturally to your students, however. In fact, many of your students have probably never held a bat.

To ensure that they are excited and engaged, show them the process, then break it down — part by part. Demonstrate where to put the feet, how to position the back, where to place the arms, and how to hit the ball. By going over each step, you improve the chances that your students are able to attempt and achieve success with the task — regardless of ability level.

  1. Don’t Yell

No matter how frustrated you may feel with your students, avoid the temptation to yell at them. This may appear effective on TV shows or movies, but the teacher who wants to inspire needs to find intrinsic motivators for students, not scream at them.

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  1. Use Cues Appropriately

Cues are helpful in physical education, but they can be overwhelming. When teaching a new skill, provide one to three cues at a time, keeping them short and simple. They should be something students can remember when they are working through the action you are teaching. You can have students say the cues while performing the skill, but keep it as simple as possible — until the skill or task has been fully learned.

  1. Provide Directed Free Time

One way to keep kids engaged is to give them directed free time. Free time does not mean they can do whatever they want on the field or the gym, but it does mean that they can practice whatever skill, from the skill set or game, they want. By watching your students during this directed free time, you can see what areas of the game naturally appeal to them. You can motivate them by allowing them to pursue excellence in those areas.

  1. Don’t Overdo Your Instruction

As a physical education teacher, you are probably in good physical shape. That does not mean your students are, however. Your students come from a wide range of backgrounds and family situations, and some will be in poor shape. Teachers who are passionate about health may feel tempted to push these children hard to get them in better shape. This can derail motivation. Physical activity should not hurt your students. While some students do need a push to be active, push gently and with plenty of encouragement for success, rather than making a grueling routine that will cause physical pain.

  1. Reward All Success

Do you have some students who can’t make a layup to save their life? Then reward and praise them for a solid bounce pass. Find out where your students are, then provide motivators and rewards for the advances they make, even if they are not at the level you wish they were. Remember, encouragement is one of the greatest motivators a teacher has, so use it liberally.

Physical education is unique in the education world because it does not involve studying, letter grades, papers and calculations. It involves the physical body. Ultimately, you will need to carefully prompt your students so they are encouraged to keep striving for success

About the Author:

Brandon Capaletti is the Vice President of Cisco Athletic, a Maryland-based athletic apparel manufacturer of custom uniforms.  Cisco makes jerseys for 18 different sports, including volleyball, basketball, and baseball.



Fitness Knowledge for Everyone

Fitness on Black-Golden Watch Face.

By: Adam Marshall

I grew up in small farming town in north central Montana with a graduating class of 16. Growing up I loved competitive sports and almost 20 years later I still do. Fact is, in my school, probably 90% of the students engaged in some form of sports. Because of that love for sports and physical activity I stayed active and enjoyed exercise through my college years while pursuing a degree in exercise science. I don’t ever remember a time when I felt intimidated or discouraged by participating or engaging in physical activity or fitness. I’ve probably taken for granted how easy it is for me to pursue a lifestyle like this because it really is all I know.

My first job, after receiving my degree, was as a personal trainer in Spokane, Washington. I didn’t really know what I was in for. Because of where I grew up, and the activities I liked to participate in, I didn’t realize how bad the obesity epidemic was. It was definitely a fair portion of my clientele. However, the people who I remember the most during my days as a personal trainer were the young people (16-25 years old) who came to me for help. Whether they already had a severe weight problem, were starting to gain weight, or just felt the need to exercise, there was one common denominator: They had no idea what to do or where to start! Again, coming from my sheltered little corner of Montana, I couldn’t understand how someone could know literally nothing about fitness. I was starting from scratch with these kids. This got me thinking. Surely this information has been shared with them before? They had to have heard this at some point in school? Maybe in physical education? I’m not going pretend like I learned about health and fitness in school, because I didn’t. My PE classes were as ‘old school’ as they come. The three things I remember from my PE were: dodgeball, floor hockey and being “turned loose” in the weight room. However, I didn’t have to be taught or motivated about physical activity; I just did it because I liked it. That’s all I knew.

I’m currently an activity and curriculum trainer for Focused Fitness. I work with PE teachers all over the country on what it means to teach Quality Physical Education (#QPE). The four areas of #QPE are: academic content, fitness, motor skills and social/emotional content. I know a lot of teachers who have no problem incorporating some degree of fitness and motor/sports skills in their classes. After all, I think a lot of PE teachers have a similar outlook as me when it comes to fitness. They’ve always done it and it just comes natural.

Many teachers are realizing that kids aren’t participating as widely in sports these days as they used to, which may mean we need to shift our focus from sports and competition to preparing these kids to be fit, healthy and active for a lifetime. Of course, sports have a place when teaching kids about lifetime fitness, but it can’t be the sole focus. We have a saying here that pretty much sums up what our goal for students is: “Gain the essential knowledge and tools necessary to become their own personal trainer and nutritionist.” When we say, “gain essential knowledge” a lot of what we’re talking about is the academic content portion of #QPE. Chances are, the kids who love sports and being active are going to find a way to play sports and be active. Now, think of the rest of the kids…An 18 year-old should never have to pay for health and fitness information. Could your students be their own personal trainer and nutritionist?

Weight of the Nation-HBO

This 30 minute HBO documentary is well worth the watch.

Thinking of Health as a Skill

We have shared Taylor Mail’s work before because he is very talented. We are sharing this piece because of its direct correlation to what we do here at Focused Fitness…Health and Fitness. We hope that wherever you are and whatever you are doing that you are happy, healthy, and smiling!


10 Fitness Tips to Success in the Summer

Summertime schedules are upon us and if we are not careful a lazy schedule will settle in as well. Nutrition and eating healthy is a major factor in making sure you maintain or improve your health this summer. The other major factor is getting up and getting fit. Here are 10 fitness tips to make sure that you are proud of yourself when Fall comes back around.
1. Pick a day
Pick one day out of the week and name it something clever that corelates with exercise. Something simple like ‘Muscle Monday’ or ‘Sweat-it-out Sunday’ will motivate you to make fitness the focus for that day each week.
2. Picnics
Making time for a picnic is going to do two things. One, you will plan your meal and often that helps us eat healthier. Two, we normally have to walk to get to our picnic spot. Plan a picnic.
3. Mix it up
We are creatures of habit. Routines can become mindless. Pick a variety of activities and exercises to keep your body guessing, and you smiling!
4. Early Birds & Night Owls
“It’s too hot,” is not an excuse for us this summer. Wake up early and exercise or wait until the sun goes down. Stay out of the heat to stay motivated.
5. Explore
Use the nice weather as a reason to find a trail, go to a park, and explore where you live. A long walk is just as good as a short run.
6. Strength in Numbers
Accountability can be tough when it is only you. But, you wouldn’t let down a friend! Plan times with friends to exercise and be active together.
7. Swim City
Whether it is the plastic pool in your backyard, or the ocean, water is a great motivator for movement. Swimming is great cardiorespirtory endurance. Find a way to splash or swim this summer.
8. It’s a Marathon
It can be easy to get discouraged. Remember, your twitter feed updates much faster than your body does. Be patient and enjoy the ride on the fitness train.
9. Track It & Celebrate
Setting SMART goals help motivate us for success. They can be short-term, long-term, or hopefully both. Take time to write them down. To learn more about SMART Goals, click here
10. Have Fun
Enjoy yourself, smile, and stay active. Workouts can be hard, but if you are not having fun, you are likely going to find a reason to stop. Find at least one activity that is just to make you feel good about moving.

Remember to be happy, be healthy, and always keep that smile on!

Personal Health Challenge

Our Employee Fitness Program (EFP) has always been a big part of the Focused Fitness Philosophy. As of this week we are taking it to the next level! Our summer challenge is to increase health and fitness in our employees. One major way we are making this happen is to begin fitness testing and self-tracking starting today! We are calling it the “Personal Health Challenge.”  During EFP today, all participants will be paid (that’s right) to fitness test and record their scores in our own WELNET Software. The tests are going to measure the five components of health-related fitness. They include body fat percentage (body composition) , push-ups (muscular strength), curl-ups (muscular endurance), sit n’ reach (flexibility), and the 3 minute step test (cardiorespiratory endurance). Employees will then get paid again for attending two ‘lunch and learns’ discussing 1) Calorie Needs/Logging and 2) Workout Planning. It doesn’t stop there! For attending 50% of the EFP classes, Focused Fitness cuts another check to its healthy employees. Finally employees that wear a pedometer (tracking their steps) during EFP’s get additional cash as well!

At the end of the day, Focused Fitness understands the benefits of healthy active lifestyles in children and wants the same for their incredible employees!

For more information on our challenge or how you can get information for your own  staff wellness email

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