Fun Stuff for Physical Education #80
September 10, 2009

Fun Stuff for Physical Education #80
September 10, 2009

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

1. Editor's Note

Our free content in this edition includes: a link to a website offering the free "At My Best™" program for Canadian schools, although the site also provides interesting resources for teachers from anywhere; the latest blog, in which I discuss PE waivers and the irony of the state of Ohio allowing them when their cost of inactivity is $3.3 billion dollars per year; and our free archives article that discusses a great way to get boys involved in dance - by incorporating sports movements!

And for PE members, we provide a list of the latest articles added to the website in the past two weeks.

This Fun Stuff newsletter is free. And PE also provides lots of free content, including over 30 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, a discussion forum, and over 2100 articles that you can search, read, print and email!

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 #80
September 10, 2009
2. From the Web - Free Resources


At My Best™ is a Free school-based children's wellness program for students in kindergarten to grade three that focuses on three key areas of wellness: physical activity, healthy eating and emotional well-being.

The program, including a free toolkit (see photo to the right), is available only to Canadian schools and there are a limited number available. So priority will be given to schools that have received support from their principal for implementation, and have committed to deliver the program in each of the relevant grade levels (Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3), including the take-home component. For more information see the following link:

If you're not Canadian, the website contains some resources that would be fun for your students. Check out the "Kids" link and find some free games, songs, activities and even healthy recipes. I particularly liked the Grocery Game, in which kids select grocery items and receive a score based on how healthy that selection is. Check it out at:


Fun Stuff for Physical Education #80
September 10, 2009
3. New Additions to the Website

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

  • Awards/Poster/Certificates: The Hustle Award
    A reproducible certificate to reward students who add hustle and energy to your team or physical education class.

  • Basketball: Speed - It's More Than Just Sprinting
    On a basketball court, the ability to accelerate - and to stay under control at the end of a sprint - is more important than raw speed.

  • Golf: Correcting Skied Shots
    A coaching cue to help students make better contact with the ball and prevent short, high shots.

  • Resources: The "At My Best™" Program
    A free wellness program and toolkit developed by Physical and Health Education Canada.

  • Swimming: Freestyle - Lane Line Catch Drill
    A swimming drill using the lane lines that teaches freestyle swimmers to keep their elbow high and to catch the water far ahead of the body.

  • Tennis: Balance Drill for Low Groundstrokes
    Bending to reach the ball is a common error when returning low groundstrokes. It reduces players' ability to generate power, aim the ball and recover for the next shot.

The PE website has 355 other articles on these six topics! Become a member and you can read them all today! Click Here!


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September 10, 2009
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Fun Stuff for Physical Education #80
September 10, 2009
4. From the PE Update Blog

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

The editor comments about the state of Ohio, which, with a cost of inactivity exceeding $3.3 billion dollars, decides to allow varsity athletes, cheerleaders and members of the school band to opt out of physical education classes.



Fun Stuff for Physical Education #80
September 10, 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:


It's notoriously difficult to get boys engaged in your dance unit. Here's a great way to overcome their reluctance.

The PE website has 10 other "Dance" articles ready for you to read! Become a member and get access to them today! Click Here!


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