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– A health quote from Mark Twain.
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not. ”
Eastwind Thought of the Day – Ten seconds. The other day, I was walking out to my car in our office parking garage and I noticed that the parking attendant had some hand-drawn artwork taped up on the walls inside her small booth. Before getting in my car, I walked over and asked her if she had drawn the sketches. She was surprised and said that she had. I told her that they were very good and she was very talented. Her whole face brightened up into a huge smile and we both felt good.
You know, there are 86,400 seconds in a day, but it only takes about 10 seconds to make someone’s whole day seem special. Try taking just 10 seconds a few times every day to tell someone something positive and I believe that the world will be a better place.
By Mike Strobel
This last weekend I enjoyed the Wildood Trail on Mt Hood. This trail head is only 15 minutes beyond Sandy and offers wonderful trails and is both kid friendly and informative. Here is a link for more information. http://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Wildwood_Recreation_Area_Trailhead
Laughing Planet is hosting a 5k Fun Run benefiting Neighbors for Clean Air on June 25th; kids run free and the $20 entry for adults includes a shirt and proceeds go to the non-profit. There is also a family friendly event at the store afterward.
I’ve included the sign up link as well as the Facebook event page below.
In PE the 5th graders are practicing the game Pipe Fitters where they attempt to get a ball to travel through only two tubes to the goal distant.
A little painting with lightWe tried a new App for tracking our distance and created patterns on STRAVA.
Oh that is it for now as I am having a little trouble uploading more photos.
My last day with my Student Teacher from Woodstock School. Ms. Krill has been working at Woodstock while getting her PE Endorsement. She has been spending time in my classes this spring and finished her last day today. I will be sorry to see her go as she has been a great resource for me. Working with another adult in the class can be an opportunity to bounce ideas and perceptions off of. Sometimes having a witness to what happened and how to adjust how information is given, transitions are executed and behaviors are modified, encouraged or extinguished is best done as part of a team. I hope I have helped her to start her career as a PE Teacher and that talking about best practices has helped me to grow stronger in reaching our students.
This morning we used the Strava App to create a letter. We ran as a group following the leader with the GPS/ Phone and created an “M.” Students from Ms. Logue’s class were excited to be running. It reminds me that it is important to mix up exercise up in order to keep it fresh. Not only in my workouts but in those of my students. I am hoping that we might be able to expand on this idea of using phones and apps in PE. I might have to look at some other apps that are better about constantly creating a map as several classes were disappointed when something happened that kept the phone from recording.
Excited today because I shared my favorite iPhone/iPad app with students, the Strava https://www.strava.com app that tracks your exercise. After your walk/run the app generates a map that indicates your distance traveled and mile-per-hour pace.
The students love looking at the map and recognized their path to school or street. We also talked a little about math and how far .2 of a mile is and that it is less than one mile because of the decimal point. Generating questions like, “Is .3 more or less than …?” and challenges to make a route different than what was done in the prior class.
I was happy that one of my students who has been a reluctant participant was intrigued and engaged. She wanted to carry the phone/GPS device as we ran around the field. It was a pleasure to choose her too for the special honor in hopes the experience would have maximum impact.
With one of the classes today we noticed tracking recorded only half the route. This was a little disappointing, not unlike what sometimes happens in real life and part of the curriculum. This handling of uncomfortable situations is a “life skill.” Talking about these skills is a way of keeping “Education” part of Physical “Education.” Not everyone realizes that PE is more than fun and games, but part of class is covering real life topics of coping, handling disappointment and “playing well with others.”
This weekend my cousin, who is an educator, came to town from Texas and she talked about all of the workshops she has been attending for the Dallas School District on Social and Emotional Well Being. I understand they are big buzz words in the schools back there. This helps validate my strong feelings of the importance of this kind of work here in our lovely Lewis Community while in PE Class.