We have listened and are changing the format of this blog. Each month I will share a SQAIR lesson plan and show how it can be modified for elementary, middle or high school physical education.  We will also add resources to teach the lesson at all three levels.  

 

April 23rd is National Picnic Day

  • Organize a picnic outside with your school

  • Promote to your school community that families could have a picnic on that day.  

 

Teach the following lesson  “Choose My Plate Challenge” and Challenge your students/community members to have their picnic plates reflect the Choose My Plate guidelines.  

 

Choose My Plate Challenge

Middle & High School

 

Equipment Needed

·       Cones to hide colored SQAIR Bean Bags

·       Pedometer for each student

·       Stopwatches (or timing device).  Used to time 30 seconds for each empty calorie food that is

    chosen

·       Copies of the Choose My Plate Poster (one for each group)

·       One large hula hoop for each group (represents Choose My Plate)

·       List of 4 SQAIR exercises for students waiting their turn to perform instead of standing and

    waiting in line

·       Red SQAIR Beanbags – pictures of fruits  

·       Yellow SQAIR Beanbags –  pictures of fiber foods

·       Blue SQAIR Beanbags  – pictures of vegetables

·       Index Card – Which Represents Empty Calories – pictures of foods that contain

    Empty calories

·       Music to play during activity

 

Challenge Description

·       Teachers will divide each class into small groups before the class has started.

·       Each group will also have the following:

1.     Colored copy of the “Choose My Plate Poster”

2.     List of 4 SQAIR exercises that members of each group will perform while waiting their turn.

3.     Each group will be assigned a hula-hoop as their group’s “Choose My Plate”.

·      Choose My Plate Challenge Rules

1.    Each team will decide their order for the challenge (who will go first, second, etc.)

2.   If the empty calorie index card is selected the entire team must sit down and start the stopwatch for 30 seconds to sit and discuss a healthier choice that they can make instead of the empty calorie choice and tell their teacher their choice before they can return to the game.

Keep the empty calorie index card by their group- do not return it!

3.   The objective is to find two objects of each colored SQAIR bean bag to fill your plate  

4.   Everyone waiting in line will be doing the SQAIR exercises as they are listed on your exercise sheet.

5.    Groups will keep going until they have filled their plate with the correct colors!    

 

Choose My Plate Challenge

 

Waiting in Line Exercises

1.   SQAIR Push Ups - Slide the SQAIR to the side with one foot at a time

while performing a pushup.    

2.      SQAIR Push UPs - Slide the SQAIR to the side with one hand at a time while performing a pushup.              

3.    SQAIR Lunges - Slide the SQAIR as you perform 5 lunges

4.    SQAIR Burpees - Perform a Burpee using two SQAIRs

 

Choose My Plate Challenge

Elementary School

Equipment Needed

·       Cones to hide colored SQAIRS Bean Bags

·       Pedometer for each student

·       Stopwatches (or timing device).  Used to time 30 seconds for each empty calorie food that is

    chosen

·       Copies of the Choose My Plate Poster (one for each group)

·       One large hula hoop for each group (represents Choose My Plate)

·       List of 4 SQAIRS exercises for students waiting their turn to perform instead of standing and

    Waiting in line (see below for description)

·       Red SQAIR Beanbags – pictures of fruits  

·       Yellow  SQAIR Beanbags –  pictures of fiber foods

·       Blue  SQAIR Beanbags  – pictures of vegetables

·       Music to play during activity

 

Challenge Description

·       Teachers will divide each class into small groups before the class has started.

·       Each group will also have the following:

1.     Colored copy of the “Choose My Plate Poster”

2.     Pictures of 4 SQAIR exercises that members of each group will perform while waiting their turn.

3.     Each group will be assigned a hula-hoop as their group’s “Choose My Plate”.

·      Choose My Plate Challenge Rules

1.    Each team will decide their order for the challenge (who will go first, second, etc.)

3.   The objective is to find two objects of each colored SQAIR bean bag to fill your plate  

4.   Everyone waiting in line will be doing the SQAIRS exercises by following the pictures of each exercise on the sheet.

5.    Groups will keep going until they have filled their plate with the correct colors!    

 

Choose My Plate Challenge

 

Waiting in Line Exercises Elementary School

 

 

2 SQAIRs are under each foot

 

 

 

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2 SQAIRs are under each foot as you jog in place - Count how many you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 SQAIRs are under each foot as you do calf raises



 

 

 

 

2 SQAIRs, glide side down, are under each foot while in a push-up position. Alternately pull SQAIRs in toward the elbows.

 

“To me beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin.  It’s about knowing and accepting who you are!”

  • Ellen Degeneres

 

I was at my spinning class the other day and a woman in the class was sharing how she had subscribed to an online spinning class. She said it was lead by this beautiful woman instructor and that she would never look like that instructor.  All the women in the class started to join in and saying how they didn’t like different parts of their bodies and commenting on all of their flaws.  I finally had my turn to speak and I said “We are all beautiful and that we should not be comparing ourselves to other people.”  They all stopped and looked at me with these blank looks on their faces.  I went on to say that women are very hard on themselves and need to stop speaking negatively about themselves.  I said I hope that they would spend the rest of the day only saying positive things about their bodies.  I hope the women in my class did just that.  It also made me think about the young women that we teach.  I spent my entire career at the middle school level and it was so hard for me to watch my female students change from happy fifth graders to eighth graders who had such low self esteem.  I did the best that I could to empower all my students with the knowledge that they are awesome and one of a kind.  

 

Teacher Self Reflection

 

This weeks self reflection is two fold.  First I would like you as a teacher to look at your own self talk about your own body.  Is your self talk positive?  Is it negative?  What can you do to be more positive about yourself?

The second part is how do you promote self esteem with your students?  I would like you to reflect on the words you use with both yourself and your students.  We all need positive comments about ourselves and not just our bodies!

I also saw a really cool idea to promote positive self esteem that I would like you to try.  

Positive Post it Notes

Write positive short messages on post it notes and post them on the mirrors in your school.  You could also ask students to write positive messages on post it notes and post them around the school.  

 

Lesson Plans

 

I am really excited to be a presenter at the National SHAPE America Conference in Boston in March.  I am going to be part of a presentation titled “The Ultimate Session for Supporting Lifelong Movement”.  If you are attending the conference I would love to talk to you and if you are free I would love for you to attend this session.  It is on Thursday, March 16th at 7:30 AM in the Convention Center room 312.  

 

If you cannot attend the National SHAPE conference and would like me to send you the lesson, please email me crystal@sqairs.com

 

Brain Booster

Four Letter Word

My students always were excited to do this Brain Booster.  I would suggest to start by explaining that the students cannot use a swear word (they always think that when they hear four letter word). The students each need a partner.  The partners face each other.  Each partner must think of a four letter word.

Suggestion:  I have posted on the board before class started a list of four letter words that related to the topic that I was teaching.  Example if I was teaching nutrition I would post the following words:  plan, shop cook.  

Once both partners have their word they play patty cake with their partner. When they hit hands they say a letter - example 1st clap S, 2nd clap H, 3rd clap O, fourth clap P (if their word was shop).  While they are spelling out their word, their partner is doing the same thing but spelling their four letter word with each clap.  At the end both partners must guess what each other’s word was.  

Resource I love:

See the picture below for seven classroom ideas to inspire students.  

 

 

 

Motivation + Heart Health = Healthy Lifestyle

February 15th, 2017

Wonder

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”

-Og Mandino

I have been going to the YMCA as much as I can to workout.  I live in Wisconsin and winter lasts forever so I have been walking on the indoor track at least three times a week.  I have been observing my fellow walkers and wondering what are their motivations for getting up each morning and exercising.  Then I realized many of these people are my motivation for exercising.  There is a woman who walks with a walker and has a sign on the seat of the walker that says “Put one foot in front of the other”, there are several people who walk very slow but they are out there exercising, there is a couple who holds hands while they walk (awesome). I look at them and it made me think about our students and that we as physical educators use different types of motivation to plant the seeds of heart health that they will be harvesting later.  What types of motivation do you use for all of your students in your teaching practice? Each of our students are unique and they need different types of motivation to lead a healthy lifestyle. Do you only use one type of motivation for all of your students or do you use best practice and vary the types of motivation you use?  Please see the teacher reflection below for ways to reflect on the types of motivation you use with your students.  

Teacher Self Reflection - Motivation Strategies

I would like you to take time this week to reflect on the following topics: Please post a picture of you using different motivation techniques at @SqairFS.

  1. How do you motivate yourself to lead a healthy lifestyle?

  2. How do you motivate all of  your students to lead a healthy lifestyle?

  3. Do you really listen to your students and vary the types of motivation you use?  Picture the students in your classes.  Can you name the motivational strategy that works for each of them?  

  4. Survey your students to find out what motivates them.  

Healthy Heart Challenge Warm Up

Purpose of Warm Up

The students will understand how different exercises/activities affect their heart rate.  

National Physical Education Standards Addressed

Standard 3 - The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.  

Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.  

The teacher will need to divide the class up into six groups.  Two of the groups will be paired up - example group one and two will be paired together, groups three and four will be paired together etc.  The groups will be switching back & forth between the healthy heart activity and the skill activity.  I am going to use Pickleball (a racquet sport game if you are not familiar).  You can use this with any activity that you are currently teaching.  I use the Tabata Interval Timer Free app and project it on my wall for the students to see.  You can set the timer and the interval needed to switch the groups on the app.  I have an IPhone so I am not familiar with an Android interval app but I am sure there are apps out there.  The teacher will need to set the  time they want the students to spend at each station and the interval in between for moving to the next station. If you do not have access to a projector or an app you can just time it with a stopwatch.

I am describing a rotation between group one and group two. These directions will be the same for all of the groups.  The teacher will need to assign each group to the first two stations and then explain how they will rotate in their own gymnasium/instruction area.

*At the end of each station the students will stop and the teacher will lead them through taking their pulse.  If the teacher has heart rate monitors the students can wear them during this activity.   

Station One Station Two

Group One Group Two

SQAIRs Cardio Kickbox Using the pickleball paddle

Students will need to pair up. One partner will hold up pop the ball up in the air

a SQAIR with both hands.  The other partner will kick and see how many you  

Out at the SQAIR and punch out with their hand. Do            can get in a row.   

Five kick/punches then switch legs.   Take your pulse at the end

Partners switch of the time

Take pulse at the end of the station time Switch with your partner   

Switch with your partner group group

Station Three Station Four

Group One

SQAIRs High Knees Group Two

High knees running through the SQAIRs pattern Using the pickleball paddle

On the ground. Bounce the ball down to the

Take pulse at the end of the station time floor and count how many

Switch with your partner group. you get in a row.

Take pulse at the end.

Switch with your partner group.


Station Five Station Six

SQAIRs Clear the Healthy Lifestyle Hurdles With a partner go to the net at this

Put two SQAIRs back to back on the floor to form station and work on your forehand

A hurdle skills - try placing the ball in the

You will need two lines of four hurdles each corner, try a short shot, try hitting

Students run and when they get to the hurdle they the pickleball high in the air.  The

Jump over with two feet and land with two feet. Goal is to place the ball where your

At the beginning of the line of SQAIRs will be a partner is not  

Sign that says “Get 60 Minutes of Exercise Every Day - Clear At the end take your pulse.

The Hurdle Now”.  This sign will give the students a motivation Switch with your partner

To think about exercising everyday while jumping each hurdle. Group.    

Keep moving until time expires.

Take your Pulse

Switch with your partner group.  

 

Brain Booster

Would You Rather Heart Healthy Style

In the room you will set up two rows of SQAIRs.  One along one side of the room and another against the opposite wall.  The teacher poses the question - ‘Would you rather’ and the students pick the side that matches their choice and they walk to a SQAIR and stand on it.  The teacher will then tell them an exercise to perform on the SQAIR before the next question is asked. After the exercise is performed the students walk back to the middle of the room and wait for the next question.    Here are four questions that relate to heart health that you can use in this game.

 

  1. Would you rather ride your bike to get your sixty minutes of exercise or swim for sixty minutes.  

  2. Would you rather eat a piece of salmon for dinner or eat a sliced up avocado to include healthy fats in your healthy heart diet.  

  3. Would you rather play basketball for sixty minutes or swim laps in a pool for sixty minutes.

  4. Would you rather eat air popped popcorn for a healthy snack or an apple.  

Resources That I love

Joey Feith is one of the best physical education teachers that I know.  He has an incredible website ThePhysicalEducator.com: Home

Joey has so many incredible resources that he has to share.  Please check out this website!

 

 

 

Through the Eyes of Our Students

Wonder

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“If we could see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything.

  • Chee Vai Tang

 

I just returned from our first family vacation with my one year old granddaughter.  This is a picture of her from Epcot Center.  We were in Disney World and it was amazing.  I spent the entire vacation wondering what she was thinking. I kept watching her reaction to everything and it was so amazing.  It was one of the best vacations I have ever had because I experienced it like a one year old.   I laughed and smiled for five days.  This brought me to thinking about this blog. I want all of you w to spend at least one class period answering the following question - If I could see my classroom through my students eyes what would I see?  Would I experience wonder, exuberance, laughter, or would I see fear, uneasiness, trepidation or frustration.  

 

My Wonder Challenge to You

 

My challenge to you is to spend time this next week looking at your classroom through the eyes of your students and reflecting about what you see.  You might write your observations  in the margins of your lesson plans, take pictures, videos or write in your journals.  If you want you can share your thoughts on Twitter at #SQAIRAREYOU or @SqairFS.

 

After you have observed your class what did you see?  Did you see what you expected?  Were your observations unexpected?  What changes do you want to make in your classroom?  

 

 

 

SQAIR Lesson Plan

 

Circle it Up!

 

National Physical Education Standards Addressed:

 

Standard 1:  The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 3:  The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.  

Standard 4:  The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.  

 

Purpose of this lesson  

 

Students will work cooperatively as a team and use sportsmanship to achieve the goal of performing a plank and moving their team’s SQAIR to their teammate to form as many complete circles as they can in five minutes.  

 

Lesson Progression & Equipment:

Equipment

  1. One SQAIR for every student circle.

  2. One cone to mark the start of each circle.

  3. Timing device.  If the teacher has access to technology they can project the time on the wall of their gymnasium.  If the teacher does not have a gymnasium they can give each circle a timing device of their own and the teacher would then need their own timing device.  

 

  • Before class starts the teacher will need to divide their class into equal numbers of students for the number of circles they need for their class size.  

  • When the lesson begins the teacher will share which circle each student will be in by calling off their names.  When the student’s name is called they go to their assigned circle and start jogging in place (do not have them sit down that is not giving them time to move).  

  • Once all of the students are assigned a circle have them sit down and hand one SQAIR and a cone to someone in each circle (need one SQAIR per circle). That is the starting point for each circle.

  • Teacher will share the purpose of the lesson - each circle will work cooperatively and use sportsmanship to hold the plank position and move the SQAIR with their foot to the next person in the circle.  After moving the SQAIR with their foot they will stand up and move to the end of the circle.   

  • Teacher will give all the groups time to gather together and talk about their strategies on how to complete the task and how they will demonstrate sportsmanship.    

  • The teacher will walk around to each circle and ask the students to describe their strategies (both working cooperatively and sportsmanship strategies).  

  • Everyone in the circle is holding the plank position and when the SQAIR (flipped to the blank side so it can slide) is passed to them they will use their feet to pass it to the student next to them and then get up as fast as they can and move to the end of the circle (which is marked by a cone).  

  • Teacher (and if outside the students with their own timing device) will start the timer.  The students will have five minutes to move the SQAIR around the circle and count how many complete circles they make.  

 

Assessment - Walk & Talk

 

The teacher will divide the circles in half and pair the half of one circle with the half of another circle.  

 

The teacher will ask the students to walk around the play area/gymnasium and share strategies their circle used to work together cooperatively and how they demonstrated sportsmanship during the activity.  At the end of the walk and talk the teacher will gather together the group and ask for groups to share.  

 

SQAIR Brain Booster Charades

 

  • Teacher will assign each student in their class a partner.  

  • Each set of partners will need two SQAIRS

  • One partner will stand on the two SQAIRS which are facing blank side up so it can slide

  • Parenter without the SQAIR will hold out their right hand and then use two fingers of their left hand (this represents their partners legs).

  • The partner without the SQAIR will move their fingers and the partner on the SQAIR will have to make the same action. Teacher informs the students that all the movements must involve sliding or moving their feet because the SQAIR is on the blank side so it can move.  Nothing Dangerous!   

  1. Examples:  running (student uses their fingers to mimic running), lunges, moonwalk etc.  

 

Resource That I Love & Teacher Self Care:

 

Run Your Life 4 x Mindfulness Podcast by Neila Steele and Andy Vasily

http://21clradio.com/4-x-mindfulness-5th-installement-run-life-29/

 

Love this Podcast!  Andy & Neila each share two seeds of mindfulness during each podcast.  It is always very interesting!  I look forward to each and every episode.  Check it out.  

 

 

 

Fit to Be SQAIR Blog

By Crystal Gorwitz

 

January 15, 2017

 

Lucky Seven

This is Crystal Gorwitz and I will be writing a bi-monthly blog post for SQAIRS that will be published the 15th and 30th of each month.  If you want to read more about me scroll down to the end of this blog.

 

Included in this Blog:

 

  • Wonder

  • Teacher Self-Care Challenge

  • SQAIRS Lesson Idea

  • SQAIRS Brain Boost Activity

  • Current resources that have inspired me

 

Wonder

“Wisdom begins in wonder”

Socrates

 

It is 2017 and I am wondering what this new year will bring.  What are your goals or expectations for 2017?  I thought it would be awesome to have the theme of my first blog post be Lucky Seven because it is 2017.  Each month I am going to share something I am wondering about and hope to hear from you about what are you wondering about when teaching physical education, health education, life, etc.  

 

I will start each blog post with Wonder and also tips on self care. As teachers we take care of everyone but ourselves, and in 2017 one of my top goals is taking time each day to do something that makes me happy.  During the  first two weeks of 2017 my goal has been to let as many people in front of me, in any line that I am in.  It has been amazing to see the smile on each person’s face. I have even had one person buy my coffee at Starbucks because I let them in front of me in the drive through line.  Awesome!