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Blabbermouths: Physically Literate vs. Physically Educated

Tune into a chat about #physed hosted by Justin Schleider. In this episode of Blabbermouths Jorge Rodriguez, Aaron Beighle, and Alex O’Brien join Justin as they discuss the phrase physically literate vs. physically educated.



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.

Curriculum Matters!

Erie Newsletter


We have had the privilege of working with Erie Public Schools over the last two years in the implementation of their Carol M. White PEP Grant. We have seen their physical education department make incredible strides towards teaching their students what it means to be physically and health literate. In using the FIVE FOR LIFE® Curriculum, as well as, the FAB 5® Curriculum and WELNET® the district has come to know what it means to educate students in Quality Physical Education (#QPE). We’ve included the latest edition of Erie Public Schools newsletter “Curriculum Matters”. Go to pages 4 and 5 to see how their physical education department has been progressing and how their using Focused Fitness resources in their pursuit of #QPE!

View Newsletter –> Volume 3 Issue 2

Where in the World is Jacob?


By: Ron Malm

I often wonder what has become of Jacob, even though it has been 15 years since he was a student in my physical education class back at Franklin Elementary. It seems odd to me that I would be wondering about Jacob when I taught thousands of students over the course of my career, but I just can’t shake the impact Jacob had on me professionally.

Jacob frustrated me to no end. He was one of the smartest students I ever had the privilege to teach, but Jacob was LAZY! Have you not had a lazy student or two in your career? A typical day teaching Jacob’s class had him entering the gym and choosing to walk during our instant activity, pretend to be doing exercises when we were doing circuits and move at 1/100th the speed of the other students when we were doing a large group activity. I could have understood if the instant activity was lame, the exercises were too technical and the activity was ultra competitive, but not mine! All one had to do is look at all the students laughing, breathing hard and sweating to realize my class was the “place to be”… for most of the students.

In reality, Jacob was far from lazy… he simply saw no relevance in the activities, lessons and units in my PE class to HIS life.  Jacob, like other students in school had already figured out that he was not the fastest, strongest or most coordinated kid on the block and therefore saw no purpose in trying to scale the traverse wall, jump rope or practice his forehand striking with a racquet. Many of the activities I planned for the students did not resonate in Jacob’s life outside of school. Certainly there were other “Jacobs” (Students that had already given up on the physical aspect of life, but faked it and “flew under the radar”).

I think about Jacob often. I think about him because I fear that my blind spots got the better of me more than I care to admit. It was not hard for me to watch students throwing and immediately see the baseball players among them, yet I was blind to the students that saw no purpose in my teaching. I think about Jacob because he pushed me to SEE physical education and physical activity from HIS perspective.

If it doesn’t connect with all the students, then why are we teaching it? I often hear, “because it is good for them”. Sure, it is good for them. It is good for them the same way feeding your own kids vegetables, but if they don’t understand how it relates to them, it is worthless. Everybody deserves the right to be taught the WHY and not just the what, and how.

If you want to find out if your teaching is connecting with your students, I challenge you to give them an anonymous survey asking for their feedback. They will tell you. You may not like what they say, but honest feedback is rarely fun to hear. Although if your goal is to get better, then “SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP!” and do what you know you must. Find YOUR Jacob. He exists in all of our classes, you just have to look for him.

If I ever run into Jacob, I will share with him that he pushed me as a physical education teacher more than any other student ever did. He pushed me to see physical education from his perspective and therefore see what at one time was blind to me.

Thank you Jacob!



FAB 5 From Anaheim

Anaheim City Schools received a PEP Grant in 2012. We have had the esteemed privilege of working with them to make positive, sustainable changes to the health & physical education program. They adopted our FAB 5® Physical Activity Program (PAP). The health and physical education team is lead by Tammie Bernal. Between Tammie and her two health and PE super stars, Michael Lamey and Tracie Turrietta they have made tremendous strides in the K-6 California District. Over the past two years they have seen incredible growth in food group recognition as well as fitness testing.

Michael Lamey is currently working on his Master’s Degree. For one of his projects he made the FAB 5® video featured in this post. With the help of some Anaheim City Students they were able to describe the FAB 5® and what they represent in a very clear and fun way.

A special thanks goes out to Michael for not only making a great video, but letting us share it with all of you! Let us know what you think and be sure to share it will all of your students!




Thriller Line Dance How To

Below are two videos created by Alex O’Brien. The first video will walk your students through the steps and counts of the Thriller line dance. The second video will lead your students through the line dance to the song Thriller.

Post your videos and pictures in the comments below, to our facebook page, or on twitter!

Check out Ryan Wiser’s Fitness Night. Ryan is an elementary teacher in the Mead School District!

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How to Keep Kids Active During the School Year


By: David Reeves

During the summer, it can be impossible to get the kids in the house even to eat dinner. The school year changes all that, as temperatures may drop, and youngsters must replace hide-and-seek with homework. Studies have shown that nearly three-fourths of all children don’t get sufficient exercise once classes begin. Most schools only have a brief half-hour recess around lunchtime, and physical education classes can be a challenge for students who are shy or are not athletically inclined. It’s important for parents and teachers to encourage students to exercise and play often. Here are a few tips on how to make physical activities fun for kids after the first school bell rings.

Benefits of year-round exercise

  • Kids can burn off excess energy after playing sports or games outside, making them more likely to stay attentive during homework and in class.
  • It can ward off Type 2 diabetes. Now considered an epidemic among American children, this condition often results from a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Physical activity fosters healthy bone and muscle development in growing children.

After-school activities are a great way to help young boys and girls stay active once classes are in session. Whether you’re raising a mini Tom Brady or the next Neil deGrasse Tyson, there’s probably an extracurricular club or local class to suit your child’s talents and interests.

Ballet, gymnastics and karate classes are great ways to motivate kids to get off the couch. These activities not only promote physical wellness; they also encourage social development and hone coordination and balance. Check out interactive storytelling and plays at nearby theaters or libraries. These alternatives are great for expressive students who may struggle with sports.

Parents can get on board by coaching Little League games or volunteering at arts and crafts sessions.

What if my child is shy?

Some children are daunted by the prospect of joining a sports team, or even attending a class with their peers. Middle school and high school students especially struggle with this, as classmates may break into cliques and alienate one another to gain popularity. Talk to your kids to get a feel for how comfortable they are in a social setting before enrolling them in extracurricular programs. At-home projects and games usually keep quiet kids entertained without causing social anxiety.

Video games no longer require players to stay fixed in front of the television; with advanced systems that include the Wii and Xbox Kinect, more reserved youths can spend their evenings cutting a rug in the dynamic “Dance Dance Revolution” series, or simulating soccer in “Kinect Sports.” Scientific research ranks more physical video games among viable alternatives to outdoor recreation.

A wide variety of game titles means that even pre-teens and teens can find something they like. The best part is that you can play along and make it an interactive evening for the whole family.

Parents who are reluctant to try virtual entertainment as an option may want to organize outdoor play dates with friends, or create their own at-home adventures, such as a basement treasure hunt, or a backyard obstacle course. If you live in a bigger city, try an old standby, sidewalk hopscotch.

The school year may limit opportunities for outdoor recreation, but it doesn’t have to limit your child’s physical activity. Remember, if you commit to just an hour of exercise or more of active playtime each day, you can prevent health problems for a lifetime.

About the author:

David Reeves is the Marketing Director at Superior Grounds For Play. A community coach for 10 years, he knows the benefits of team sports and staying active. GFP play environments are designed to challenge children both mentally and physically to encourage development and independent play.