Fun Stuff for Physical Education #70
March 26, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #70
March 26, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

Well, March break is over. My wife, Terry and I just returned from a week in Acapulco. A super break, although it was a little depressing when we arrived home in the middle of a snow-storm. Acapulco is a big city - 2.5 million citizens

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #70
March 26, 2009
- so it wasn't the little resort town that we had originally envisioned. It was an excellent vacation though, and our resort had plenty of opportunities for exercise. Its swimming pool was a kilometre long, so we couldn't let that challenge pass us by. The beach was flat and super for running and it was endless. As I was slogging my way up and down the beach, I couldn't help thinking how perfect it would be for a running team's training camp!

But, back to reality, and this issue of the Fun Stuff Newsletter. Our free content includes a link to a video that shows a school boy taking the best revenge on his bullies - by becoming successful! There's a link to our bi-weekly blog, in which I discuss the problems inherent with social networking during the half-time of games. And our article from the archives describes a back stretch you can use on trips or in class.

And for PE Update members, here's what we've added to the website: a contest that takes the boredom out of shot put practice; fun contest in which teams race backwards; information on organizing a spectators clinic for your varsity teams; a great exercise for developing hip strength and stability; and a fun running contest that allows students of all abilities to compete equally.

While this newsletter is free, most of the content on PE is for members-only, including instructional videos, the discussion group, over 2000 articles that you can read, print and email... and much more.

If you're not already a member of the PE website, then join up today!! You can get more information watch our video tour at: PE Update Video Tour

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


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2. From the Web - Free Resources

Here's an inspirational video from the TV show, Britain's Got Talent. It isn't specific to PE, but is pertinent to anyone who deals with school children. In this clip, a 13-year old boy, who has been bullied at school from the age of six, answers his tormentors by following his dream. It proves that underdogs can win if they have the courage to pursue their talent - no matter what the bullies say. When asked by Simon Cowell how he deals with the bullies making fun of him, young Andrew mumbles, "I carry on singin'."
Andrew Johnston - Pie Jesu
Andrew Johnston - His Final Performance


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3. New Additions to the Website

Here are the Articles that were added to the PE Update website over the past two weeks.
These articles are available to members of PE

  • Field Events: Shot Put - Tree Branch Contest
    A shot put contest in which students must make progressively longer throws over a tree branch or high jump crossbar.

  • Games: War Canoe Race
    A race for physical education class, in which teams guided by a steersman run backwards through an obstacle course.

  • Promotion: Organize a Spectators' Clinic for Increased Fan Support
    Spectator clinics will increase fan support at your games by helping potential fans appreciate your sport and identify with your players.

  • Strength Training: Two-Legged Hip Hops
    A mat-jumping exercise that develops balance and the strength needed to keep the hips level when the legs impact the ground in jumping and running.

  • Track/XC Running: Race Pace Contest
    A contest in which runners receive demerit points for running above or below their target pace. A good workout for physical education class because students of all abilities can compete on an equal basis.

The PE website has 378 other articles on these five topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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Fun Stuff for Physical Education #70
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4. From the PE Update Blog

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

An basketball player's social networking message during the half-time of an NBA game presents some interesting implications.



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5. From the Archives

In every issue, I'll highlight a useful article from the PE Update Archives. The article will be available to non-members of the website for a week, and to members forever! This issue's article is:

The Seated Back Stretch

Whether you're jammed into an airplane seat or stuck for hours in a team bus, van or car, your back is bound to get stiff. Here's a stretch you and your students can use to prevent back tightness. It's also appropriate for brief fitness breaks in the classroom.

The PE website has 78 other articles on flexibility and fitness ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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