Connecting the Dots: A Guest Blog Series

During our two keynotes at the 2017 National PE and School Sport Institute, we continually touched on the idea of community.  As Collin Brooks stated in One Word, One Community:

This profession is a diverse landscape filled with individuals who have strengths that we must embrace.  Physical education is not an individual sport.  By leveraging our collective strengths we can accomplish the unthinkable…the unattainable…we can shift the paradigm.

The opportunity to share our voice through blogging is something that has had a great impact on the professional growth of all of us at PHYSEDagogy.  While each of us has a goal this year to blog more, we feel we are not the only ones with something important to say.  We’d like to introduce you to Connecting the Dots: A Guest Blog Series.

Connecting the Dots is about empowering fellow physical educators with an opportunity to share their voice with the greater physical education community through the reach of the PHYSEDagogy website. This is not a one and done guest blog post on a selected topic.  This is an opportunity for short term guest authorship with no limit to the quantity of blog posts an author contributes.  Collaboration is welcomed and blog topics are completely open ended as long as they fit within the themes of the PHYSEDagogy website, which are:

1. Teaching and Learning
2. Assessment and Grading
3. Classroom Management
4. Social Justice
5. Technology
6. Advocacy

Our first team of guest bloggers come from all over the United States.  Over the next few months you will be reading more from them, but for now, we want to proudly introduce the following educators:

Betsey Caldwell, Massachusetts | A proud graduate of the Physical Education Teacher Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Betsey Caldwell is currently a K-8 health and physical education teacher in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts recently moving back to Massachusetts from Vermont. Betsey has been active professionally her entire career and thanks her mentors and professors for instilling the passion of giving back to the health and physical education community. Betsey most recently served as the Past President of SHAPE Vermont and found great JOY in the journey of #playingitforward, sharing best practices, modeling exceptional teaching, and mentoring our present and future professional leaders. She is passionate about advocacy, technology, leadership, collaboration and changing how the world sees physical education in our schools.


Mike Morris, North Carolina | Mike Morris is dynamic elementary physical education teacher in Rocky Mount, North Carolina where he currently teaches at Baskerville Elementary School and Red Oak Elementary School. His passion includes sharing ideas with others, creating new and innovative physical education activities, and collaborating with content area teachers to find ways to best teach struggling students through movement. Mike is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Stephanie Sandino, California | Stephanie Sandino is a Physical Education Teacher at Robert O. Townsend Junior High School in Chino Hills, CA. All of her studies including her Bachelor of Science, Single Subject teaching credential and Master’s of Science were completed at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to transitioning into the middle school role, she taught at an elementary school for 3 years which has given her a good base in the direction she would like to take her 7th and 8th grade students. She’s an active member in the #physed community as a moderator for the #ESPEchat team, EPEW Committee Member and a volunteer instructional coach for the H-PEC team. Stephanie is a big believer in helping youth find their red rubber ball. Every student beginning their journey with a staple red rubber ball and helping them morph it with learning experiences- ultimately, ending up with something that they love to do and keeps them moving for a lifetime!


Kennedra Tucker, Maryland | Kennedra Tucker is a 12-year veteran Physical Education Teacher. She has taught at the elementary level in Prince George’s County Public Schools for the past 11 years and will be moving on to teaching middle school in Howard County Public Schools this year. Kennedra is a graduate of McDaniel College and the California University of Pennsylvania. Fingers crossed, she will be Nationally Board Certified in December. She is currently the President Elect of MAHPERD (Maryland Association of Health, Recreation and Dance). She presents regularly on Teaching PE in limited space, culturally responsive PE & using movement & mindfulness to engage classroom learners. Kennedra is also a certified fitness instructor and teaches dance fitness and cardio kickboxing classes at Bowie State University. She has a passion for helping people of all ages become more confident movers who use exercise to improve their quality of life.


Chris Walker, North Carolina | Chris Walker is a graduate of The University of South Carolina Upstate (formerly known as USC-Spartanburg. A teacher of 21 years at Hillsborough Elementary School, he is the lead elementary physical educator in Orange County Schools. He is the current president of the North Carolina Physical Education Association (NCPEA). He has presented all over the state of North Carolina doing PD for over 20 years and is now an OPEN national trainer. His passion is helping teachers to grow as professionals and leading by example.

One Word, One Community – Community Responses Part 1

PHYSEDagogy just delivered their keynotes at the National PE & Sport Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.  The main idea of the One Word, One Community afternoon keynote was to share what continues to push us as individuals and as group in physical education. The seven of us chose one word that represents our thoughts, captures our feelings, and provides us strength as we look forward to the upcoming school year.  At the conclusion of our Keynote, we invited the audience to share their one word. We were so inspired by what the audience shared, we wanted to learn more about why people chose their word.  Now you have a chance to share it with us.  Here are the first 10 responses we received from our amazing health and physical education teaching community.

If you would like to share your word with the physical education community, please click on the button below and submit the form.  This will take you a blog template (Google Form) that you can use to share your word and an explanation of why your word continues to push you in your physical education life. Once you complete the form, it will be posted on our website for all to see. Thanks!

Lisa Bell – Pioneer Elementary

What is your One Word?  Zeal

The hope that a teacher’s ZEAL for instruction in physical literacy will plant patches of “Zeal Seeds” in all of her students!

Mike Lally – South Carolina Department of Education

What is your One Word?  Perseverance

It can be exhausting trying to make positive change in our field of physical education. Especially when some are allowed to roll out the balls and do nothing when you are busting your tail to make a difference for the students and the profession. However, over time and with work people recognize what a quality physical education program should look like which in time hopefully will lead to all students receiving a quality physical education program

Kevin Shephard – Retired – supportREALteachers

What is your One Word?  Giving

Teachers give a lot. They give to their students, they give to their schools, they give to their communities, and they give to each other 🙂

Artie Kamiya – Great Activities Publishing

What is your One Word?  Honorable

I believe we need to continue to strive to be honorable in our teaching, in the choices we make, and in the service we provide for the children and youth under our care.

Osama Abu Jafar – Raha International School

What is your One Word?  Connect

Share Dream Improve

Doug Hallberg – Mohonasen CSD, Draper Middle School

What is your One Word?  Connect

I want to connect individually to every single one of my students every single class. I want each of them to feel seen, and to know that I noticed them. This interaction at the start of class can and does set the climate for all that follows!

Paul Zientarski – Retired from Naperville Central H.S.

What is your One Word?  Neuroscience

I believe that the salvation of Physical Education in schools is proving to Administrators, Parents, Legislators and Students that our brains are enhanced and new brain cells grow as a result of exercise. The research available regarding neuroscience and exercise’s influence on the brain is overwhelming. Since schools are so entrenched in improving test scores, quality PE can do just that, improve test scores. We also know that quality PE and daily exercise improves student attendance and behavior because of neurotransmitters in the brain that are activated through movement and exercise.

Matthew Bassett – San Jose Charter Academy

What is your One Word?  United

Physical Education, more than ever, needs to become united in offering quality physical Education to our students. Our profession must act together and cast off old practices. We need to teach skills in order to promote physical literacy. Without it, we will open the door for future generations to live shorter lifespans than our own.

Amie Schneider – Curriculum Resource for The School District of Palm Beach County

What is your One Word?  Grateful

I am grateful to have the best job in the world. I get to teach teachers who in turn, impact over 20,000 students on a daily basis. I am grateful to work with a team who are like family to me. I am also grateful to have met some of my PLC this past year. The impact social media has had on my life these past two years has been so rewarding.

Judy LoBianco – South Orange-Maplewood Schools

What is your One Word?  Courage

In my role as SHAPE America President-Elect and my work as a Supervisor of HPE: Courage, the MORAL kind, is the word that will advance our entire profession. It’s because we are only as effective as our weakest teachers, and those teachers are dominating our work. As champions, we need moral COURAGE, in order to educate them, advocate for best practice and do what is necessary to protect all 50 million children. Join me, and my one word, as we enter this school year! (LoBianco drops the mic)

If you didn’t get a chance to see our keynote, then feel free to watch by clicking on the link below:

One Word, One Community Keynote

#PhysEdSummit TGfU Presentations – Retro Badge

Here will be the listing of all TGfU presentations that have been presented on during a #PhysEdSummit. Please enjoy the learning experience and remember if you watch three different TGfU sessions, then you will earn a #TGfU retro badge for the 2017 #PhysEdSummit!

#PhysEdSummit 1.0 with Mel Hamada

Teaching Games for Understanding
Session Description:  The benefits of using Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) in PE classes and what change this brings for teachers and students and the ways in which teachers have to change the way they teach from traditional learning in PE.  The addition of questions (how we ask questions to our students, types of questions and when we ask them) and looking for learning in the classroom through Visible Thinking Routines (VTR) has the power to really see what your students are thinking and how they view the conceptual learning in PE.  VTRs are for every classroom (not just PE) but they can really have powerful affects on the learning in PE and for team discussions – a great tool to add to your repertoire

#PhysEdSummit 2.0 with David Moore

Teaching Games for Understanding Part 2

Session Description: My session will look at using TGFU/game sense approach as a way of teaching concepts as opposed to a skill based program. I will look at how sports can be taught through TGFU and how we can assess students on using a concept in games/sports. I will also touch on how the concepts/games can be transferred through different sports/contexts.

#PhysEdSummit 3.0 with Adam Metcalf

Maximize Student Engagement: TGfU/Sport Ed Hybrid Units

Session Description: This session will showcase some simple and effective strategies to incorporate TGfU (Teaching Games for Understanding) and Sport Ed concepts to enhance student engagement, creativity, and teamwork skills. These strategies can be applied to several different types of sport/activity units from late elementary to high school.

#PhysEdSummit 4.0 with Kelly Ann Perry

Part One: An Overview of the TGfU Model–Putting the Why Before the How

Session Description: This session will provide an overview of how the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model can be applied to practice with a focus on the four guiding pedagogical principles

#PhysEdSummit 4.0 with David Gutiérrez Díaz del Campo and Kelly Ann Parry

Part Two: Game Modification for Learning Tactical Concepts in Invasion Games

Session Description: This session will provide practitioners with ideas on how to develop the four pedagogical principles of TGfU. In particular, the session will focus on how to set up the learning environment and designing games using these pedagogical principles to “get a good game going.” This session will develop ideas from Part One: An Overview of the TGfU Model, and provide a link to Part Four: Developing Questioning When Teaching Using TGfU.

#PhysEdSummit 4.0 with Heidi Bohler and Dr. Stephen Harvey

Part Three: Game Modification for Learning Tactical Concepts in Net/Wall Games

Session Description: This session will provide practitioners with ideas on how to develop the four pedagogical principles of TGfU. In particular, the session will focus on how to set up the learning environment and designing games using these pedagogical principles to “get a good game going.” This session will develop ideas from Part One: An Overview of the TGfU Model, and provide a link to Part Four: Developing Questioning When Teaching Using TGfU.

#PhysEdSummit 4.0 with Adam Metcalf

Sport Education/TGfU Hybrid Units

Session Description: Maximize student engagement, tactical understanding, and motivation using Sport Education and TGfU instructional models.  This presentation will give you some practical solutions and resources to create a sustainable system of these two student-centered instructional models for your Physical Education program.  While an “event driven” Sport Ed unit can be exciting and memorable, an overcomplicated unit can result in an enormous amount of planning and management; often leading to teacher burnout and a decrease in student engagement. Adapting TFfU tactics with a simplified Sport Ed framework can help to provide dynamic units that can be repeated without being overcomplicated.

#PhysEdSummit with Dr. Steven Harvey

Part Four: Developing Questioning When Teaching Using TGfU

Session Description: Despite the development of a wide body of literature suggesting the efficacy of TGfU to teaching and learning, a range of challenges face teachers and coaches taking up TGfU. Light (2013) suggests that one of the most significant challenges is the effective use of productive and generative questioning. This presentation will offer insight into how practitioners can operationalize the use of questioning through the provision of theoretically grounded practical examples that will assist practitioners in their implementation of TGfU.

2016 #PhysEdSummit with Joanna Sheppard

Teaching Games for Understanding: With a Little More Feeling

Session Description: Are you interested in using different teaching methods within your physical education classes? By the end of this workshop, elementary teachers will gain an understanding of how to implement the Teaching Games for Understanding Curriculum model within their classes with specific focus on the cognitive and affective domains of our students through effective open ended questioning. Specific game play examples will be used and discussed.