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June 13, 2016

Summer is finally upon us and the kids are just as excited to be outside playing as we are! What about our kids though who are not confident free players? What about our students who are shy to join in a game? Take a look around your classroom, school and community to see how you are reaching all kids!  Here are a few things to look for and incorporate.

 

1. Outdoor Equipment at the School

It is important to look at what kinds of equipment are available for kids to play with.  Many...

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May 3, 2016

Hi and welcome to my latest post.  Be sure to check out the Jolly Thoughts archives for past posts.

As teachers we know what it is like to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life.  I too find myself having to slow down and re-evaluate what I’m doing in my school life and my personal life.  I have had a lot of people say “I have just not had the time lately do physical activity in my classroom.”  Between report cards , discipline  issues, planning, marking...

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January 27, 2016

Hi and welcome to my latest post.  Be sure to check out past Jolly Thoughts as well.

One of the many routines that we teach our students every year is how to walk properly through the hallways.  Students need to make sure that they are keeping their hands to themselves and not disrupting any other classes.   I think this is an important skill to teach students but can sometimes be an ongoing battle.

I teach my students the reasons we need to walk quietly in the hallways, especially if you...

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December 6, 2015

I hope everyone has been reading and using lots of the great resources which have been provided on the blog.  Many teachers have been asking for more resources and energizers.  This week I will provide two resources that can be used in your  classroom as well as a fun  and easy to follow energizer .

Resources #1  Thompson Education  –   Functional Fitness Charts      

These kits can be ordered as a set or...

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October 10, 2015

SPEA is a provincial non-profit incorporated organization that provides quality leadership, advocacy and resources for professionals in physical and health education to positively influence the lifestyles of Saskatchewan's children and youth. The mission is to promote and support active healthy lifestyles through the development of physical education, recreation and sport at all levels of the educational system.

SPEA is a great resource and support not only for teachers who are physical...

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September 24, 2015

If you are like most teachers out there you dread when the announcements come on and it’s going to be an inside recess.  This happens more often in the winter time when the temperature is just too cold to be outside or when it’s raining.  Why do we all despise indoor recess so much?  When asking teachers, their answers included “the students just have too much energy all day” and “I feel like I am doing so much disciplining during recess time because students are doing things they’re not...

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September 11, 2015

Welcome Back!

As you look at getting started or adding onto what you already do in your classroom here are some tips for success.

1.  Be Proactive and Plan! As teachers we know if we do not plan for a subject it usually does not get done or it does not get done very well.  Write what you plan to do for movement right into your day plan.  I have attached a copy of a sample day plan which shows when I do minutes of movement.  Even if it’s something as simple as following along to a dance...

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April 1, 2015

"Our kids are ready to move....and YOU can help them take the first step:

- to discover the joy of moving and playing - to be inspired to try new activities - to be a successful participant in sport - to become a lifelong mover

The Partners for Physical Literacy have developed a series of infographics for use by Families, Educators, Coaches and Community members. These infographics provide great information on:

What is Physical Literacy? Why is it important? What actions can I...

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December 2, 2013

Clap, Slap, Cheer is a fantastic movement activity that can be done in any space.  This powerpoint has letters that represent a different movement:

C          Clap  (clap hands three times)

S          Slap  (high five someone next to you)

H         Hooray  (arms up high and cheer “Hooray”)

Simply put up a slide and have the group read the letters from left to right and perform the movements.

In some cases you will see letters capitalized.  Stand up to perform the movement for...

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January 29, 2013

1 2 3 is a simple activity that can be used when needing a physical activity break.  How often are your students/children active in a day at school?  Remember it is a shared responsibility of home, school and community to get our youth active!

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