Physical Education Update Tips of the Week #32
February 14, 2008

Physical Education Update Tips of the Week #32
February 14, 2008

Dick Moss, Editor

1. Editor's Note

Finally - after six months of development, the PE Update website is finally ready to launch!! Our official launch date is next Tuesday February 19th. As of next Tuesday, we'll be able to process subscriptions. We'll be offering two options: $59.95 per year, or $7.95 per month.The latter will be ideal for people who want to try us out before committing to a full year's subscription.

Jenn & Jill - I've already sent you an email with instructions on how to download the eBook. If you haven't received it, check your spam box, or email me at
[email protected]. Thanks for getting the forum up and running!

I'll announce another prize winner next week, for posts from this week and next. Subsequent winners will be announced every two weeks. (The forum, by the way, is restricted to PE Update members).

So start posting away, everybody!!

Dick Moss, Editor


2. From the Web


The Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) of Ontario is a true treasure-trove of resources for physical educators. Their website provides tons of information on ways to keep kids active and fit while having fun.

The CIRA website provides a free guide to improving the activity level of children during recess. Called "Recess Revival," this 21 page eBook covers everything from lining your tarmac to playground rules to equipment to involvement strategies.

You can download the free eBook at: Recess Revival


3. From the Discussion Forum

Here's a great idea from the discussion forum. It's from Jill in Alberta, Canada. The topic was, How do you encourage students to stay active after school hours. By the way, Jenn is the first winner of the best discussion forum post contest.

"I give extra credit points to kids who do a set number of minutes of extra activity outside of school. I give them credit for just about anything that keeps them off the couch. The Extra Credit Sheets must be signed by parents/guardians. I also have "challenges" for each sport we do in class.

I give students a grade of 100 when they are able to demonstrate that they have accomplished the challenge. My challenges are things like doing the spider (a dribbling activity) in basketball or a series of volleyball skills in a row without a miss. I also give them credit when they teach it to another student. I teach fifth and sixth graders. I hope this helps!"

Are you a PE Update subscriber with ideas to share? Well post them to the discussion group at: Forum (For PE Update members only)


Physical Education Update Tips of the Week #32
February 14, 2008
4. New Additions to the Websites

Here are the Articles that have been added to the websites this week.
These articles are available to PE Update members.

  • Fitness/Flexibility: A Better Lunge Stretch for the Hip Flexors A variation of the lunge stretch that does a better job of developing flexibility in the hip flexors. Includes video.

  • Badminton: Serve to the Switch Spot Against Rushing Opponents Serving to the spot where they shift from forehand to backhand can be effective against players who rush the serve.


    Physical Education Update Tips of the Week #32
February 14, 2008
    5. From the PE Update Blog

    Monday Morning Musings on the World of Sports, Coaching & Physical Education from Editor, Dick Moss.

    A discussion of the past six months of PE Update development. Also a friendly reminder that this Thursday (TODAY!) is Valentines Day - don't forget your supportive significant other. Here's the link to the blog: //


    Physical Education Update Tips of the Week #32
February 14, 2008
    6. Pick of the Week

    Each week, I'll highlight an article that I think is really useful. The article will be available to non-members of the website for a week, and to members forever!

    This week's pick is: Gymnastics - Cue for Keeping the Head Level in the Back Handspring

    Are your students having trouble learning the back handspring? Are they imbalanced when their hands contact the floor. Is their posture not lined up and aesthetic? This article discusses a possible explanation and a coaching cue to fix the problem


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