Lesson Plans on the Fly

Today was the day I’ve been waiting for. With the entire middle school having PE at the me time, we all wondered how we would manage if it started raining. I’m proud to say that I took it in stride and got everyone where they needed to be.

Our middle school teams practice during PE and I also run a traditional PE class for those that are not participating in a sport. With very little time to make any real plans and knowing that my class was being put into the weight room which is very tight fit I went into action.

Today was a day that I had my 7/8th grade students so I decided to do fitness stations. It actually worked out perfectly. I managed to fit 14 stations in the weight room and then had the kids partner up and do each station fora minute. Then they rested for a minute. The timing worked out perfectly for my class time.

For the setup, I put sticky notes on our dome cones with the excerise they needed to do. With the middle schoolers, it was clear that the tiny notes wouldn’t last so I actually wrote the workouts really small so I can keep using them

This will probably be my go-to rainy day plan because it’s easy to do and I don’t need a ton of space. 

What do you do when you have a small space to work with?

I wrote the exercise small so I can use the cones for other things in class.

PlayMakers Club

I’m new to this whole, teaching thing, but so far I’ve been lucky enough to have a great experience at my school. With our schedule everyday, we have time set aside for different things and Thursdays are “Club Days.” The club that I host is something I call PlayMakers Club.
Do you remember the show Z Games from Zoog Disney? Basically, it was a show where kids could show the backyard games they made up. Then, the kids in the studio would be given 3 or 4 random things and they had to make a game out of it.
That’s what we do in PlayMakers Club.
Week 1, students got into groups of 3 and had 20 minutes to devise a game using 2 hole hoops, 1 foam frisbee, a scooter, and a pickle ball racket. After those 20 minutes, everyone shared their games, describing the rules, scoring, and penalties. All 3 games invented were different. We talked about the things the games had in common and then voted on the game we wanted to play. The game was “Frisbee in the Hoop” which was designed by Jonathan, Kylar, and Deen. All players sit on scooters and try to get the foam frisbee into the opposing team’s hoola hoop at the other end while the goalies try to keep the frisbee from entering the hoola hoop.
After playing the game for 15 minutes or so, we reconvened and discussed any changes we wanted to make to the game. We decided that falling off of your scooter did not mean you were out of the game until the next score, but instead, you have to pass it. They also wanted to make the goalie’s box smaller in order to score more goals.
This is a great way to get students to think outside of the box and use their imagination. I’m totally going to use this idea for my actual PE classes.