May 7, 2018
Time to Collect Evidence of Student Learning and Figure Out What It Means
Collecting evidence of what students have learned and accomplished throughout the year is critical. Not only can it be used to help administrators, parents, and colleagues understand the meaningful learning that is taking place in your program, but it can also help you determine items to improve for next year.

Evidence might include:
  • FITNESSGRAM Results: How have students improved since the beginning of the year? Are there assessments that show a large number of students are or are not reaching the Healthy Fitness Zone?  
  • End of Course/Unit Assessments: What do students know or are able to do that they didn't or couldn't before taking your classes? What have they accomplished as a result of your program? How is it empowering students to attain or maintain a healthy lifestyle?
  • Student Survey: Find out what students really think of your class. What have they learned? What inspired them? What frustrated them? What did they like or dislike about their experience?
Once you have collected your data, share it. Share your accomplishments with administrators so that they know what students are getting out of their experience and can better understand and value your work. Share student results with parents so they recognize the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social progress their student has made. Share it with students so that they can celebrate a year of hard work.

In addition, the evidence you collect can be used to take a look at the results your program has produced. Does it describe the growth and experience that you want all students to experience? If not, use the data to identify opportunities to continue to improve your program and practice.  

Health and Physical Education Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education

Summer Professional Learning Opportunities You Won't Want to Miss
Summer is a great time to engage in professional learning. Whether you are looking for a few more continuing education units or just want to update your practice, there are some amazing opportunities available. Make sure you 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 Dates Announced!
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. Keep an eye out for announcements in the Health and Physical Education Monthly Update !

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 this year. Visit the website for an informational flyer and to access the call for presenters.
SDCOE Health and Physical Education Advisory Superheroes
The SDCOE Health and Physical Education Advisory is a group of teachers and administrators who represent districts and sites throughout San Diego County. They come together to discuss critical trends and issues regarding our disciplines.
They also provide input that frames SDCOE's offerings, such as professional development, services offered, communication, resources, and online sites. Last month, they all donned capes and masks to channel their energy as health and physical education superheroes! The advisory meeting on Oct. 3 is open to everyone interested. More information will be shared in this newsletter as it is available.

Free Website Turns Content Into Cartoons
Health and PE App of the Month is a free website that allows you (and students) to create animated videos and presentations. At Powtoon, content can easily be turned in to fun cartoons. Teachers can use Powtoon to create fun videos to explain concepts and engage students with content. Students can use Powtoon as a creative way to explain or demonstrate what they know and can do. Once videos are created, they can be posted online or turned into QR codes for students to access content during class using a smart device. It's worth checking out!

Share Learning with Next Year's Students

As you look for ways to capture what students know and are able to do, you may also want to consider ways students can share their learning with future students. In small groups, have students set the example for future classes by having them create how-to videos, brochures, pictures, station cards, or QR codes that describe:

  • Correct technique for FITNESSGRAM assessments
  • Strategies for setting goals and creating fitness plans
  • How to do different activities that can improve specific areas of fitness

Once the how-to pieces are created, they can be used as examples for next year's students. Just think, you could post a station card featuring a QR code that links to a student-created video of correct weight room technique next to each station! The possibilities to use student work to guide future learning are endless!  


Health and Fitness Journals Continue Lessons Outside the Classroom
Students often have a hard time tying the conversations taking place in health and physical education classes with the outside world.

At the start of the year, have every student start a health and fitness journal . Once a week, ask them to each find information on their own that is related to what they are doing in class. Have them write it down in their journal. Once a week, have students share what they have found. The journals can create powerful dialogue in class while also helping students create meaningful documentation of their learning and how it can apply to life outside of their class.

Health and PE Activity of the Month
Two-Minute Workout

Chip Candy and John Smith recently demonstrated a two-minute workout at the SHAPE America National Convention as a fun way to improve students' fitness in a short period of time. It is a great time-filler when you have a few extra minutes or as warm-up.


During the activity, students do as many reps as possible (AMRAP) during the two minutes:

  • First 30 seconds: One person jumps rope while their partner planks.
  • Second 30 seconds: Switch. Partner jumps while other person planks.
  • Third 30 seconds: One person does ski jumps while their partner jumps rope.
  • Fourth 30 seconds: Switch. Partner jumps while other person ski jumps.

You can easily mix up the activities for variety. You could also use lunges, squats, side-to-side-jumps; you name it!

One of my favorite practices
One of My Favorite Practices,  by Kelsey Jenkins
A great collaborative, creative, and critical-thinking activity is having students create fitness stations. In teams of four to five, students are given the challenge to use what they have learned throughout the school year to create a fitness station. Together, they must collaborate to identify the equipment that will be used, write step-by-step instructions that explain how to do the station, and include pictures or diagrams. Once students set up their stations, they begin rotating to other teams' stations. Groups do their best to follow the directions written by other teams. When they are done trying a station, a team provides input to the group that wrote the instructions with hints that would make it better. By the end of the period, students have feedback from the rest of the class to improve their station and they can then then revise their stations.
Kelsey Jenkins is a physical education teacher at Correia Middle School.

Do you have a best practice you think other teachers might appreciate? Share one of your favorite practices in an upcoming Monthly Update by emailing it to Paige Metz. No need to recreate the wheel; let's learn from each other's best practices!   
Student Safety in Physical Education
Student safety is at the topic many of the conversations taking place in education right now. In response, SHAPE America recently posted an article titled, Keeping Students Safe in Physical Education During Critical Incidents.
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 list.
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!)
TEDXOrlando: Exercise and the Brain Video by Wendy Suzuki
State Health Framework Draft Now Open for Public Review and Comment
The first 60-day public review and comment period for the draft health education framework is now open. The public review and comment period is an opportunity for any interested individuals or organizations to provide comments and suggested edits. Those comments and suggestions will inform the California Department of Education's (CDE) actions at its meeting Sept. 20 and 21, where it will consider recommending the draft framework to the State Board of Education for adoption. The draft health education framework and an online survey have been posted on the CDE Health Education Curriculum Framework webpage. This public review and comment period will end on June 29, at which time the online survey will become inactive. Public comments can also be sent to the Instructional Quality Commission by e-mailing  healtheducationframework

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 or by emailing  Lyndsey Tapia or calling 858-609-7963. The COI will be hosting a webinar at 11 a.m. May 7 to review the application process, provide tips for submitting a strong application, and answer questions.

Junior Adaptive Sports Camp Looking for Campers and Volunteers
Junior Adaptive Sports Camps were created in order to cultivate a love for sports for kids 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.
9th Annual Chelsea King Invitational Mile
The 9th annual Chelsea King Invitational Mile will take place at 1 p.m. May 31 at Point Loma Nazarene University. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to bring 3rd- through 6th-grade students who qualify to compete with other runners from throughout San Diego County. The qualifying time for boys is seven minutes, and eight minutes for girls. Entries are due May 17. Visit the Chelsea King Invitational Mile website for more information and to register.

Federal Program Monitoring:  Is Your District In Compliance?
The CDE is required to monitor districts and sites for implementation of minimal programming and fiscal requirements. Physical education can be included in this online and onsite process. If your district or site is selected, you may have to provide evidence that the following is taking place:
  • FITNESSGRAM testing is taking place and scores are being submitted to CDE for all 5th-, 7th-, and 9th-graders.
  • High school students are being evaluated in the eight required curricular areas:
    • Effects of physical activity upon dynamic health
    • Mechanics of body movement
    • Aquatics
    • Gymnastics and tumbling
    • Individual and dual sports
    • Rhythms and dance
    • Team sports
    • Combatives (may include self-defense)
  • Appropriate teacher credentialing
  • Classes are conducted in a co-educational, inclusive manner
  • Elementary students receive a minimum of 200 minutes of physical education instruction every 10 school days
  • Middle and high school students receive a minimum of 400 minutes of physical education instruction every 10 school days
  • High schools provide a course of study in physical education for the eight required curricular areas
  • School districts and sites are following Education Code regarding physical education exemptions
A number of districts and schools in San Diego County have recently received findings for being found out of compliance. The FPM program instrument for physical education can be downloaded here, so you can take a few minutes to determine if your district/site is in compliance.
If you have any questions or comments about Health and Physical Education Monthly Update, please contact Paige Metz.

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