The participants in the 2017-18 Physical Education Leadership Academy spent the last month conducting inquiry and implementing strategies that would increase student-centered learning in their classes. At the end of their experience, they came up with these Top Five Strategies to Increase Student-Centered Learning in Physical Education:
- Jigsaw: Each student in a group is responsible for learning a portion of a skill, dance, or cognitive concept. Students then collaborate to teach the other members of their group what they have learned. The group then puts their learning together to create a final performance of the skill, dance, or understanding of the content.
- Skill Cards: In small groups, students read information from skill cards, and engage with content or perform tasks as described on card. Students work together to process information so they each develop the intended skill or understanding.
- Circuit: Students rotate through a series of stations in small groups. At each station, students follow information on task cards to meet an intended outcome. Students then collaborate to provide feedback on each other's performance and understanding.
- Partner Talk: Throughout instruction or during transitions, give students the opportunity to talk through and process what they are doing and learning. Questions or prompts can be generated by students or can be structured by the teacher. An example might be having students do a three-two-one conversation, where they describe three things they learned, two things they still need to master, and one thing they will do differently next time.
- Peer Assessment: In partners or small groups, have students use a rubric or assessment tool to analyze each other's performance or understanding. Feedback can be verbal, video, checklist, rubric score, or other format. Eventually, have students create their own rubrics and/or formative assessment tools.
Some other student-centered learning opportunities include guided questioning, create-your-own warm-up or lesson, individual or collaborative journal writing, peer teaching, and flipped instruction.
I hope these ideas give you inspiration for the 2018-19 school year. I can't wait to hear about some of your favorite new practices that keep students as the focus.
Health and Physical Education Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education
Summer Professional Learning Opportunities You Won't Want to Miss
Whether you are looking for a few more continuing education units or just want to update your practice, summer is a great time to engage in professional learning. Be sure to check out these upcoming events:
When: June 16
Where: Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton
Cost: $65 by June 1, or $75 by June 9
California Physical Education-Health Project (Subject Matter Project)
When: June 25-28, Aug. 3-4, Sept. 29, and Nov. 17 (all dates required)
Where: Long Beach
Cost: Free, including housing and some expenses
To register: Email
When: July 7-14
Where: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cost: $490 to $525 for registration, $88.25 per night for housing
When: July 14-19
Where: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cost: Starts at $324 for three days, additional housing fee
When: July 18-24
Where: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cost: $375 for registration, $530 for housing, $125 for meals
When: July 27-29
Where: Cal State Fullerton
Cost: $200 for registration by June 1, $120 for housing
Join San Diego Health and Physical Educators at Google Summit
In an effort to promote the use of technology in health and physical education throughout San Diego County, SDCOE would like to put together a team of health and physical educators to attend the
Ed Tech Team Summit
featuring Google for Education Aug. 8 and 9 in Santa Barbara. Attending with other health and physical educators will give us the opportunity to strategize implementation across our disciplines and to create a network of support. Early-bird registration for the event is $299. Contact Paige Metz with questions.
2018-19 SDCOE Professional Learning Events and Dates
The schedule for 2018-19 SDCOE health and physical education
professional learning opportunities
is now available. These workshops and events are designed to help you move your practice forward.
2018-19 offerings include:
- Health and Physical Education Advisory (fall and spring)
- Three-Day Physical Literacy Institute (fall and spring)
- Physical Education Leadership Academy
- Exemplary Elementary Physical Education Visits (fall and spring)
- Exemplary Secondary Physical Education Visits (fall and spring)
- Technology and Social Media in Physical Education
- Performance-Based Assessment
Check out the
for the full schedule with registration links. Keep an eye out for more announcements in upcoming Health and Physical Education Monthly Update newsletters. Also remember, on-site professional learning, consultation, walk-throughs, and coaching are available throughout the year. Contact
for more information.
Mark Your Calendars for the National Adapted Physical Education Conference
The 47th annual National Adapted Physical Education Conference is Nov. 8 to 10 in San Diego. Visit the website for an informational flyer and to access the call for presenters.
San Diego Region CAHPERD Teachers of the Year,
Kasey Galik and Dennis Gildehaus
Two deserving teachers were recognized as Teachers of the Year at the 2018 End-of-Year Social and Awards in Pacific Beach, sponsored by San Diego Region CAHPERD.
Kasey Galik, an adapted physical education teacher from San Dieguito Union High School District, received recognition as the 2018 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Kasey offers a class that blends general education and adapted students and is a model for other schools. She also runs a series of inter-district tournaments and track meets and is a true inspiration for both students and peers. Since Kasey was not able to attend, the award was accepted by her student Bridget Cuneo, who talked about how her teacher has helped her run for 20 minutes without stopping!
Dennis Gildehaus of Pacific Beach Middle School was recognized as the 2018 Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. While Dennis is a consummate professional who truly brings physical literacy to life for his students, perhaps his greatest attribute is being a leader in the profession. Dennis regularly opens his class for people to observe, has donated hundreds of hours to the professional learning of others, has played a key role in the development of the Fit 2 Learn Fit 4 Life website, has been instrumental in the implementation of technology in physical education, helps coordinate the California Middle School Physical Education Workshop, and is always willing to help so students can benefit!
Socrative Student App to Assess Student Learning
Socrative Student is an app that engages students in formative assessment in a variety of ways such as quizzes, polls, exit tickets, and more. Questions can be multiple choice or short answer. Students can use the Socrative Student app to provide evidence of what they know, reflect on what they know and are able to do, set fitness and performance goals, or to collaborate with others.
What Would They Change About FITNESSGRAM?
Pose this question to your students: "What would you change about FITNESSGRAM and why?" Give them the opportunity to work in small groups to identify what they thought worked and what didn't work. Encourage them to make suggestions to you and your department on things that they think would have increased their success with the test. Ask them to identify opportunities that will help next year's students excel. You might be surprised by the quality of the responses you receive and may want to consider implementing some of the suggested changes next year.
Graffiti Posters Can Enhance Discussions
Graffiti posters are a great way for students to share ideas and answer questions. Post a large sheet of paper (or a series of them). Throughout the lesson, students can take a pen and respond to a prompt on the poster. Sample prompts might include:
- What rule change would make this game more active?
- List one goal that you have for today's class.
- Write one hint that you have for the next class doing this activity.
- What is the most efficient activity and why?
- What do you know about this topic? What do you want to know?
When the next person comes up, they can put a star next to ideas they agree with, or can add something new to the poster. It can be set up so that students rotate in groups to each poster for a specified amount of time, or you can have students add to posters any time throughout the period. Better yet, a poster can be one station of a fitness circuit!
Assign each side of a dice a different physical task. For example:
- 1 = Jumping Jacks
- 2 = Mountain Climbers
- 3 = Bell Hop
- 4 = Lunges
- 5 = Plank
- 6 = Push-ups
Have students get into a single file line in groups of four or five behind a basketball baseline. The first person runs to the other end of the court and rolls a dice, and calls out the number that he rolled to their group. All the people in the group perform the task while the student who rolled the dice runs back and high-fives the next person in line. That person runs down to the dice and rolls it, calling the number back out with the group. Students continue to perform a task until the dice is rolled again and it is time to switch activity.
Variations can include increasing or decreasing the intensity of the tasks, hitting all areas of health-related fitness, making one side of dice a dance or skill, increasing or decreasing the running area, or letting students decide what activity they will do for each side of the dice. (Activity adapted from Physical Literacy on the Move by Heather Gardner.)
Take Three Steps Now to Secure ESSA Funding for HPE in Your School
Congress recently allocated $1.1 billion for
Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA) for the upcoming school year, which means the time is now to make your funding request for your school district. Title IV, Part A includes a flexible block grant program which authorizes activities in three broad areas:
- Providing students with a well-rounded education
- Supporting safe and healthy students
- Supporting the effective use of technology
The money from this block grant is not guaranteed to come to health and physical education programs, so your advocacy has the potential to make a major impact. You can maximize your advocacy efforts by following
these three steps
- Find out how much funding your school district is estimated to receive in July 2018 under Title IV, Part A.
- Use our brainstorming worksheet to help craft your "asks" and key messages for the best chance of success.
- Customize our template letter to share your ideas with your principal, superintendent or other key stakeholders.
The PE Geek Releases
100 Ways to Use Technology in Physical Education
The PE Geek
released the top 100 ways that physical educators can use technology in their classes. Whether you are looking for fun fitness activities, using videos in class, assessments, Google opportunities, active gaming, virtual reality, productivity, or useful tools, you will find something worth implementing on the
100 Ways to Use Technology in Physical Education
New Documents Help Define Quality Physical Education
The San Diego County Office of Education, in collaboration with San Diego Unified School District, has created two tools to help teachers and administrators define quality physical education. The
Foundations for Quality Physical Education: Observation Guide
can be used by teachers as a self-evaluation tool or can help guide administrators' understanding of what quality physical education looks like in action. The
Physical Education Best Practice brochure
describes shifts in practice that will improve students' physical literacy.
Professional Articles Worth Your Attention (Don't Miss!)
Provide Your Input on State's Draft Health Education Framework
The initial draft of the 2019
Health Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
(Health Education Framework) is now available for its first 60-day public review and comment period. The framework will help teachers, charter school leaders, school district and county administrators, other educators, and publishers design instructional materials, curriculum, instruction, assessments, and professional learning. An
is available to facilitate public comment. The public has until June 29 to respond to the online survey. Public comments can also be emailed to the
Instructional Quality Commission
Congratulations to the new 2017-18 Physical Education Leaders!
Eleven physical education teachers have been participating in ongoing inquiry, discussion, and strategizing to:
- Increase physical activity in their classes
- Meet the needs of each and every student
- Perfect performance-based assessment
- Increase student-centered learning
Throughout this process they have examined their practice, implemented change, and identified strategies to lead this work at their site, district, and throughout San Diego County. Please congratulate the following teachers on earning the distinction of being 2018 SDCOE Physical Education Leaders:
- Eric Cain (Crawford High)
- Terri Clark (Patrick Henry High)
- Autumn Collin (Imperial Beach Middle)
- Robbie De Perro (Perry Elementary)
- Rick Edwards (Challenger Middle)
- Diane Hulbert (Oak Valley Middle)
- Karla Martinez (Roosevelt Middle)
- Matt Reese (Patrick Henry High)
- Bianca Roy (Black Mountain Middle)
- Brian Stuetz (Carson Elementary)
- Kelly Wiskus (La Jolla Elementary)
2018-19 Physical Education Leadership Academy (PELA) cohort
will kick off Oct. 4 and registration is now open. Note: A prerequisite to participate in PELA is the completion of the Three-Day Common Core in Physical Education, the Three-Day Physical Literacy Institute, or by approval of Paige Metz or Lynn Barnes-Wallace.
San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative Announces Grant Opportunity
The San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI) is requesting applications for its third round of environmental change mini-grants. The total award amount is $5,700 and grant awards may range between $500 and $5,700. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. June 8. Learn more in the
request for application
. Please email
or call 858-609-7963 if you have any questions.
Junior Adaptive Sports Camp Looking for Campers and Volunteers
Junior Adaptive Sports Camps were created
in order to cultivate a love for sports
with physical challenges
ages 4 to 18. Activities include water tubing, sailing, archery, golf, wheelchair tennis, kayaking, swimming, wheelchair rugby, water skiing, water polo, wheelchair basketball, roller hockey, handcycling, and more. Camp organizers are looking for both campers and volunteers for their summer programs. To register or to volunteer, visit the
Junior Adaptive Sports Camps website
If you have any questions or comments about Health and Physical Education Monthly Update, please contact Paige Metz.