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2018 SHAPE President-Elect Candidates
February 04, 2018 10:55 AM PST
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In this podcast we talk to the 2018 SHAPE President-Elect Candidates, Artie Kamiya and Jamie Sparks. In this virtual town hall meeting, each candidate takes turns answering questions from health and physical education teacher from around the United States.
Checkout SHAPEArmerica.org to find out more about how you can vote for the candidates.

Purpose with Dr. Justen O'Connor
January 28, 2018 06:32 PM PST
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Justen has research experience that utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-based approaches to explore curriculum and pedoagogy associated with health, physical education, sport and lifetime physical activity. Justen also has an interest in social justice within education as well as informal forms of participation in movement.

Checkout Dr. O'Connors Blog at

The PE Specialist Ben Landers
January 21, 2018 04:19 PM PST
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Ben Landers is a K-12 certified Physical Education teacher and has been teaching K-5th Phys Ed since 2007. He has completed National Board Certification in PE and also has a Masters in Education from Southern Wesleyan University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from University of South Carolina. Ben also serves as a Clinical Model Teacher for the University of South Carolina, helping to mentor future Physical Education teachers as part of their graduation requirement.

Ben started this website ThePEspecialist.com in 2014. He has a passion for kids and teaching quality physical education lessons that will empower students to be the best they can be. Being a PE teacher is such a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the kids that you teach, but his hope is to also impact more students through providing resources and ideas to teachers.

The reason he started this website is to share knowledge, inspire teachers, add value to the Phys Ed community and help solve some of the problems that teachers are struggling with in schools today.


Resilience in PE with Christina Polatajko
January 16, 2018 05:44 PM PST
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Message from Christina.
I have been a PhysEd Educator for 8 years now where I have been the Health and P.E coordinator. I teach in Melbourne, Australia.

I pursued this career with a passion for making a difference and impact.
I hope the resources and techniques I’ve created can help you in also making a difference in the classroom.

We have the greatest opportunity to make a difference every day. I am a very driven and determined learner and human being.

Critical PhysEd Friends
January 07, 2018 05:26 PM PST
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Critical #PhysEdFriends
In 2013, Sarah completely overhauled her grading practices by switching from traditional, old-school grading to standards-based instruction and assessment. Prior to making the switch, her students’ grades were based on whether or not they changed their clothes for class and participated in every activity. Now, when everything’s going according to plan, her lessons are tied to clear learning goals and objectives, and her students’ grades are based on what they know, understand, and can do.

Blog: physedagogy.com/2017/12/19/critical-physed-friends/

2017 Year in Review
December 31, 2017 03:53 PM PST
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2017 Year in Review

1. What are some of you most memorable moments of 2017?
2. What are some of you goals for 2018?


Bring Your Parents to PE with Will Potter
December 18, 2017 06:53 PM PST
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A Bay Area native, William Potter grew up always wanting to become a teacher. He accomplished his dream when he graduated from San Francisco State University, obtaining his B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education. Currently, William is the Physical Education Teacher at Serendipity School in Belmont, California. William has been teaching Elementary and Middle School Physical Education since 2002.

The BIG Announcement
December 11, 2017 07:28 PM PST
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The BIG Announcement

#TexAHPERD17 Reflections
December 04, 2017 08:14 PM PST
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This year I tried to get some live audio reflections form the TAHPERD Annual Convention. Although some audio as not up to par, we managed to get a few really great conversations recorded. We spoke to a group of Houston ISD PE teachers I presented with as well as the OPEN PhysEd crew. Special thanks to the following people:
Samantha Townes, Cara Grossman, Paula Cesar, Nora Ryan, Felicia Ceasar-White, Ben Pirillo, Brandon Herwick, Victoria Otto, Pam Powers.

PE 4 Every Kid with Mike Graham
November 26, 2017 08:28 PM PST
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Mike Graham

I am starting my 21st year of teaching Physical Education. While this is my second year at Williamsburg Elementary, I have spent the last 15 years here in Geneva split between some of the other elementary buildings within the District. I am truly blessed to be working in a profession I love within a district that prides itself in a deep "tradition of excellence" in education.

In addition to teaching, I coach wrestling at St. Charles North HS. I also serve on the Social Media committee for our State Organization (the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance - IAHPERD). I help manage the organization's social media accounts and promote all the great things going on within the organization and around the #physed world. I'm really excited about my newest adventure as the President-Elect of the Northern District of IAHPERD and helping further the profession at the state level.

When I'm not teaching or coaching, I like to spend my time at home. I enjoy hanging out with friends and neighbors. Some of my personal hobbies include: FISHING, listening to music, staying physically active in various pursuits, DIY projects around the house, carpentry construction, and following college wrestling.

I'm looking forward to another great year in P.E. I have lots of exciting things planned this year and can't wait to share my passion for getting and staying active with all of you!

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