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Planning this (Regional Tournament, not the State Tournament as shown in the video) tournament has been a responsibility of mine for the last three years. I am the Region 6 NASP Coordinator in Kentucky. I am very happy to be one of the original pilot schools that started this NASP program in 2002. A simple google search of NASP will reveal just how large the program has grown.  I am very proud to say that we will have 834 students shooting at Moore Traditional School over the course of March 4th, 5th, and 6th. If there is anyone interested in getting an Archery program started at their school go to www.nasparchery.com. It is such a great activity for physical education, because it is a lifelong activity.

http://fw.ky.gov/pdf/2011naspregion6.pdf

I really love this commericial. Mostly because it reminds me of my children.

Two years ago, everyone dressed out in my class. When I say dressed out, they wore an assigned uniform where all kids looked the same. I had very few kids not dressing out for class. One a day maybe was probably my average.

Notice in this picture our PE uniforms. All people are wearing same thing. This picture is taken in 2007 most likely.

You were either wearing the Moore Traditional School uniform or you were considered unprepared for class. When I wrote this post, What is the importance of Dressing Out,  less than a year ago, I was toying with the idea of eliminating my dress requirements all together.  After reading that post again recently, I felt very ashamed of what I was doing to kids last year. I was making them wait on a wall for 5-7 minutes prior to the start of class and withholding them from “free time” which I use as a classroom currency.

At the start of the six weeks, when I introduce to students to what my class will be like for the term, I make it clear that two things are most important to me. Number one, is that they feel safe and comfortable in my class, and two is that they are active the whole time during their class time.

The irony was that I was making kids sit out and usually the kids that are not dressed out are the ones who are the least comfortable in my class. So that segment of my class was really receiving unjust treatment. That segment supposedly was the audience I was gearing my instruction to.

What motivated my post a year ago about the importance of dressing out was a bullying incident that I felt could have been avoided if the kid simply did not want to change for class. To date, that has been the most viewed post on this site. Dressing for class will always be a hot topic in the area of physical education.

For me, I believe I have found a procedure that creates comfort in students and makes my class more enjoyable for students. I also believe my activity level in kids has risen as a result. Now, kids are allowed to wear whatever they want with no restrictions. I leave open the option to tell a student that if I am uncomfortable with what the have on, I will ask that they do not dress and just not bring those clothes again. So far, that has not happened. If a student has opted not to change clothes there is no consequence other than a simple loss of 2 points out of ten. After a couple times, I council with the student and usually determine that they are just uncomfortable changing in front of peers. When that occurs, it’s likely that I will adjust their grade when the time comes to reflect their activity level. If I did not have the grade requirement in place then I feel there would be more kids come in and feel detached from the class and choose to sit out. So I think as a whole it helps somewhat.

Using anecdotal observations from class, the atmosphere seems much more positive (though the environment has always been positive for the most part.) About 3 kids a class are usually not dressed out for class. And I do not have that awful procedure where kids are waiting out prior to class! To be successful in middle school you have to be able to view life through their eyes. Every single situation is magnified to them. As adults we take for granted all the little nuances that affect them daily.

If you have taught long enough in the physical education classroom, there is no doubt you have likely dealt with a head injury of some type. With all the publicity that head injuries are receiving nowadays it would be wise to be informed of the proper procedures to follow when you encounter an injury. I hate to take the angle of lawsuits and potential job loss, but I could see an opportunistic parent take advantage of an unfortunate situation at your expense. Whatever you do, do not take Rick Pitino’s recent stance, which I equate to the old school “walk it off” philosophy of injury treatment.

The American Academy of Neurology has released this report to help professionals manage an athlete who you suspect has suffered a concussion.

TRX Trainer

Just received this for my PE classes. It has many supporters and believers, looking forward to trying it out soon.

New Resistance Bands

Just received a class set of resistance bands as a part of the Health Promotion School of Excellence grant that I am a part of. Looking forward to trying them out with my new classes this week. I would appreciate feedback if anyone has used them with success.

Normally 9.99 in the App Store, RunKeeperPro is now free through the end of January. I have been using Map My Fitness and it is good but I like the way RunKeeperPro uses Google Maps. It is definitely worth a free download to see if you like it or not.

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