Fun Stuff for Physical Education #76
June 16, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #76
June 16, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

Welcome to the latest issue of Fun Stuff for PE!

Well, you're on the home stretch…just a couple more weeks until summer vacation! Hang in there, everyone!

Our free content in this edition includes a link to a video shot by a student, of her favourite PE teacher performing at an assembly - the kids' reactions are fun to listen to; there's our latest blog posting, about some of the crazy scientific studies I've come across while researching material for PE; and finally, our free article describes a way to get more consistent service tosses when playing tennis

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #76
June 16, 2009
And for PE Update members, here's what we've added to the website since the last issue: a basketball game that improves late-game performance; a strategy for improving athlete retention in youth sports; research for optimizing weight loss in overweight kids; a PE assignment in which students create their own games out of random sports equipment; and a soccer leadup game that improves dribbling skills.

The Fun Stuff newsletter is free and there's lots of FREE content on PE, including over 25 sample articles, an extensive links page and the PE Update Blog! However, most of the material 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!! To get more information, watch our video tour at: PE Update Video Tour

I hope you enjoy this issue!

Dick Moss, Editor


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #76
June 16, 2009
2. From the Web

Would you like to know the effect you can have on your students if you just open up and let them see you act silly? Watch this video of Mr. Holland dancing like "Napoleon Dynamite" at a school assembly. I love this video (no, not because of the dancing) because of his students' comments as they're video-taping his performance.

The Greatest PE Teacher Part One

The Greatest PE Teacher Part Two


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June 16, 2009
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

  • Basketball: The Two-Minute Game Helps You Practice Late-Game Situations
    A game that improves your basketball players' ability to perform in the final two minutes of close games.

  • Coaching: Improve Youth Athlete Retention by Focusing on Skills Not Tactics
    A study has shown that coaches who focus on skill development rather than tactics increase the likelihood that athletes will stay involved in their sport. This may also have implications for physical education teachers.

  • Fitness: Overweight Kids Need Less Intense Exercise to Optimize Weight Loss
    New research shows that the level of intensity required for optimal weight loss is lower for overweight and obese children.

  • Games: The Create-a-Game Activity
    A physical education assignment in which students create new games from random sports equipment.

  • Soccer: Red Light, Green Light
    A soccer lead-up game that emphasizes the ability to keep the ball close to the feet while dribbling.

The PE website has 405 other articles on these five topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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June 16, 2009
4. From the PE Update Blog

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

The editor discusses some of the strange scientific studies he has encountered while doing research for Physical Education Update.



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June 16, 2009
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:


A way to hold the tennis ball that produces greater consistency on the service toss.

The PE website has 80 other "Tennis" articles ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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