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.

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful teachers I’ve had throughout my academic career. It is because of you that I was able to gain success in college and in the real world, and you better believe I still use your lessons today.

But there is one teacher that has always stood out amongst the others.

This is an open letter to him.

Dear Mr. Sears,

I just wanted to take this time to thank you for everything you’ve done for me. It was in your class in 7th grade that not only gave me great books to read (that I have since bought for myself because I love them so much), but your class was the first one in which I was taught how to be a decent human being.

The period that we spent with you everyday held more than language arts. You made us think for ourselves, argue for our beliefs, and even role-play about bullying. You probably weren’t aware, but I got bullied a lot in 7th grade from people that I thought were my friends and it because of many of your lectures and your encouragement to be who I was that made the rest of my career at Perry Schools manageable.

I always appreciated your organization and your strict rules (like never, EVER be late for class or you will get locked out) because they made me feel comfortable in a place and around people that would be the total opposite of that. Although I wasn’t aware of my Asperger’s Syndrome at the time, I can now see why I was always happy to be in your class.

Now, we are friends on Facebook and I absolutely love seeing your family grow up and all of the positive words you write daily. I thought I would let you know that I’m now working on pursuing my teaching license in English so maybe I can have the same impact on someone, someday.


Carolyn Deas