The Challenge of Implementing Physical Education Mandates

Author’s Note: This post is written about Oregon’s PE Law, Senate Bill 4, and the challenges school districts face when trying to implement mandates.  Furthermore, the motivation was inspired by a newspaper article in the East Oregonian that was shared on the SHAPE America Facebook page on 8/31/19.  You can read the original article by CLICKING HERE. Ever since I entered the teaching profession in 2008, a Physical Education law has been considered the utopian policy dream for physical educators everywhere.  For years, the state of Illinois was elevated to a pedestal for… Read More

Becoming an Unplugged Educator — Why I Said Goodbye to Social Media as a Professional

As I currently sit at my gate at the Tampa International Airport waiting for my flight back to Oregon, I find myself finally committing the time to a post that has been a long time coming. I think the transformational nature of the SHAPE America National Convention and how inclusive it felt (kudos to Judy LoBianco for her leadership and the work that SHAPE America put in for pulling it off) finally is giving me the moral courage to publish after discussing this blog post for what has seemed like months with… Read More

What is your play personality?

At the end of November, Andy Milne and Justin Schleider organized the #slowchatgiftx, a holiday gift exchange for health and physical educators in the US. Approximately 30 teachers signed up and agreed to send a surprise gift (with a $20 limit) to another educator. I received the book, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Dr. Stuart Brown, from Terri Drain. According to Brown, “people have a dominant mode of play that falls into one of eight types,” which he calls play personalities. “No one is a… Read More