I love Tchoukball.
I was first introduced to this very unique team sport in my Basic Games class at McGill University.
No blocking – no interceptions.
If there’s one game/sport that I would advocate for in every physical & health education class, it’s Tchoukball.
Although there is still plenty of development to be done before the PE Geeks app is ready for submission to the App Store, here’s an exclusive look at the simple yet sleek template for each physical & health education professional!
It’s not too late to submit your entry for the directory!
Physical & Health Education teacher, Nathan Horne, recently asked #physed professionals & #pegeeks what were the potential benefits of blogging in regards to their own #physed program.
Here are some of the answers.
#PhysEd teachers from around the globe tell you why blogging is beneficial to their #PhysEd program.
Unfortunately, I missed out on the Twitter conversation, but here’s my reason for blogging.
I blog primarily for two reasons:
- To share my thoughts and ideas along with what I’m working on or trying out in the physical & health education domain.
- To share some of the amazing content related to physical & health education, which tend to originate from the thoughts & ideas of awesome PHE teachers.
Reason #2 applies for this post.
Clicking on the link above leads to a Google Docs form describing the PE Geeks Project in detail.
In a few words, the project involves building a directory of physical & health education specialists, which will include information such as name, twitter handle, email, country, state/territory/province, city, level teaching, and school.
I will be making this information available to all online, but I also plan on building and releasing the PE Geeks app.
The PE Geeks app will, as previously stated, serve as a directory for #pegeeks. Contacts can be categorized alphabetically or by country (for now, may add other categorical options in the future). Additionally, with permission, I do plan on making Adam Howell‘s #PHYSedagogy YouTube series & Joey Feith/Nathan Horne‘s #physed podcast readily accessible from within the app itself.
I also hope to bring in some basic chat features including a main feed where app users can see what’s happening and interact accordingly. Of course, these features are completely optional.
Overall, the main goal with the PE Geeks app is to be able to carry with you this remarkable listing of physical & health education specialists/professionals/educators. Social media platforms are excellent sources of professional development (especially Twitter). At the end of the day, the PE Geeks app allows PHE professionals to find other PHE professionals and choose whether to connect with them through the app itself or whether to bring it to another online platform, whether it be Twitter, email, or anything else!
At this moment, these are all ideas floating around my head and will be spending a good portion of the summer trying to bring this from idea to reality before the beginning of the following school year.
Last but not least, I’d like to make it clear that this app will be 100% FREE (of course!!!) with no advertisements whatsoever. There is no monetary profit with this project – I just want to give back to the community that’s given plenty to me and has supported me with all my endeavors.
As always, thank you for your continued support and always having my back!
Update #1: #pegeeks project will involve a directory listing of physical & health education specialists in some capacity – further details to be released at a later time!
For now, fill out the form to join your fellow #physed friends & colleagues from around the world!
Thank you for your time!
Please read below concerning the #pegeeks project!
“Working on a #pegeeks project over the summer that I believe could be a potential source for professional development & beneficial for all physical & health education teachers! Please fill out the following form if you feel comfortable with sharing this information with other #physed professionals. Besides your name, no other fields are mandatory – feel free to fill out the rest as you see fit. Thank you! #TogetherWeAreStronger”
Over a year ago, I received a very generous donation of 1000 fitness cups from Project Fit America (@fitamerica), the first shipment of its kind to make it north of the border (Canada) !
Today, I put those fitness cups to good use with my grade 5 classes playing “Tallest Tower” & “Amazing Cup Race”, both of which are featured on Project Fit America’s YouTube Channel.
Tomorrow, the grade 3s and 4s will get their chance with the grade 6 students on deck this Friday!
Below you will find a couple of snapshots and a video of today’s fitness cup day!
Guest Post by: Steven Madison
Parenting can be one of life’s greatest joys. The look on a young girl’s face when she reads her favorite book or the excitement felt by a little boy catching his first football – small moments like these can make a terrible day into one of the best ever. And there is no doubt that having kids around means that there is never a shortage of surprises. As the saying goes, “kids say the darnest things.” You never know when a child is going to impress you or embarrass you!
Kids also have a natural curiosity. This natural curiosity can lead to great, once-in-a-lifetime learning experiences. But very often, this natural curiosity leads to awkward or uncomfortable situations. Parenting, though, means confronting these challenges head on, and not running away from them. Eventually your son or daughter is going to ask you about human anatomy, though the phrasing of the question may vary from one kid to another. Instead of getting nervous and flustered, be prepared to have the conversation. Below are a few pointers for some guidance.
First of all, parents should remember that they have actually been teaching their children about the human body since the child was very young. One of the first things parents teach their kids about is the parts of their face – the nose, the ears, the mouth, and the eyes. Before they learn to talk, many kids can already accurately point to these parts. From there, the children go on to learn about other parts of the human body. Once they have the face mastered, they learn to point to their arms, their feet, their bellies, and their backs.
As they get older, they will start to notice other parts of their bodies. This inquisitiveness is totally natural and normal. These days, with your child being exposed to so many images of the human body – on television, in magazines, on phones, and on billboards – it is more important than ever to teach your sons and daughters about their bodies. With eating disorders becoming more common among young men and you women alike, you need to make sure your child has a positive body image. And that means knowing about what a healthy body looks like.
Make sure you instill healthy living habits into your children from a young age. Teach them about what makes a food healthy – that means not just teaching them to eat their vegetables but explaining, for example, that carrots have beta-carotene, which improves their eyesight. Get your kids involved in sports from a young age and teach them why exercise is healthy. Point out the muscles being exercised when they are old enough to understand.
One of the most important things to understand is that you should always answer your child’s questions honestly, while also being sure to keep the information age appropriate. Don’t give body parts silly nicknames, use the real terms. But also be sure to communicate on their level.
If you have the equipment or are willing to go out and buy it, anatomical models can make teaching your kids about anatomy a lot easier and clearer. Children learn better when they have visual and tactile explanations. The best kinds are the ones that can be taken apart and put back together but that isn’t completely necessary. You can always find pictures on the Internet and print them out, preferably in color.
And don’t shy away from making a game out of it! The popular throwback board game “Operation” is just as fun today as it was twenty years ago! And “Twister” is another great option for a fun game that uses and teaches about the body. If your kids like to write poems, they can write some about their bodies. Or you can always sing some songs – the Hokey Pokey is a classic song that teaches body parts. And the Internet is just full of great websites and games, with something for every age group.
The most important thing to teach your kids when it comes to the human body, though, is that theirs is beautiful. Make sure you are always open and available for all of their questions. Be open and honest with them.