Over the course of the next 3 days (3/17, 3/18, 3/19), all NYC DOE Teachers are required to go into schools to try and figure out a way to do "remote learning". This can be difficult because this is new territory for all of us. There are several parts to this including us (the teachers) uploading the content, getting the information out to you (the parents), have the parent educate their child on how to access the information, and lastly find a way to hold the students' accountable for the work (making sure they are doing it). In the end, it puts a lot of responsibility on the parents because we can upload as much information as we would like, the reality is the students need to engage and complete the work. This can especially be difficult for our younger students because they may not know how to navigate the computers and websites as well as our older students. Regardless, I am here to help and will do my absolute best to make sure resources are available, no matter how old your child is. I will be updating the blog daily so please make sure you check back here for updates. As of now, on the homepage you can find a link to shapeamerica.org which has a ton of resources! I will be uploading videos, assignments and activities as often as possible. Just like anything else, you get out what you put in. While I know this is going to be a learning curve for all of us, I am excited for the potential that lies ahead. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of any of the blogs with concerns or ideas. Lets make this a fun experience for everyone!
Thanks to the cooperation from our staff, the office for school wellness will be coming to PS 229 on Friday, April 13th to present us with a banner declaring us an all-star school. What that means is that 85% of our staff has been to a professional development run by myself, introducing ways to include physical activity inside of the classroom setting. Thank you to everyone that attended and congratulations! Our students can now participate in different types of teacher led, safe exercises while inside the classroom!
I want to thank everyone that took the time to come and visit me down in the gymnasium. It was a pleasure seeing all of you whether it be for the first time, or a return visit. It’s a great opportunity for you to sit down with me and learn a little bit about our phys ed program and the things we are accomplishing in our program. I apologize for the grading mixup. Many grades of the students that are in the first grade were printed incorrectly and grades 2-5 were not printed at all. That is the reason for the grade being written in. When you receive the last report card, all of the grades will be put in correctly...nothing will be hand written. I saw in total 50 parents and would love to see even more next time! If you did not have the chance to come down and see me please feel free to come in on Tuesdays between 230-330 for our parent engagement time. Thank you all again for allowing me the opportunity to work with your children! See you soon!
The students at PS 229 are currently working on a racket activities unit. Students in grades 1-5 are learning the parts of a racket, the serve, return and how to have a volley. We are using 4 types of rackets including a mini-tennis racket, regular tennis racket, badminton racket and ping-pong racket. This unit is 4 weeks long and is a part of our “striking with implements” unit.
This Friday is decades day and any student that is un-prepared will not be held accountable. Please do not worry about not having sneakers this Friday. Our lesson will be modified for the day. Thank you all for your support as always!
Physical movement stimulates academic success by helping students to be alert and have the energy to learn. Move-to-Improve is a free classroom-based physical activity program that helps elementary school teachers enhance their lessons with activities that get students moving.
Designed in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Move-to-Improve activities have become an integral part of elementary classrooms, with more than 11,000 elementary school teachers trained since 2012, and 140 “All-Star” schools as of the 2016-17 school year. Schools are eligible for All-Star status when a majority of their classroom teachers use the program in classrooms as part of, and in addition to, a comprehensive physical education program.
This past week, I was certified as a trainer and will be training the staff at PS 229 to incorporate MTI into their lessons. Amongst other benefits, this will be adding to the students' minutes per week towards physical education by 40 minutes! This will be in addition to the 45 minutes that they receive already with me.
I am looking forward to helping to implement this program within our school community. Be sure to ask your children what they think about it over the next few months!
I am happy to announce that recently my application for a grant of $2500 was accepted. Our physical education classes and recess programs will be receiving some equipment by the end of January. Additionally, many of you are aware that we have a garden. In an effort to educate our students on healthy eating habits and removal of wastes, we will be putting $600 towards our garden program.
As Teachers, our 1st marking period grades were due into the computer by this week. The grading system that we use in physical education is consistent with the classroom teachers and that is; E, G, S, N and U! Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement and Unsatisfactory.
In phys ed, your child's grade is broken down into 4 categories. They are RESPONSIBILITY, PARTICIPATION, ASSESSMENTS and PRIDE. Responsibility means that they remember to wear sneakers on days of physical education. Participation means that when they come down to the gym they are always giving 100%. Assessments are tests that are given throughout the marking period. PRIDE is an acronym that stands for Patience, Respect, Integrity, Dignity and Empathy. All of these qualities are explained to students during the school year and they are expected to display them through positive character while in class.
If you ever have any questions about your child's grade in physical education please feel free to stop by the office on Tuesdays during parent engagement time which is 230-330. Thank you all as always for your continued support!
All students need comprehensive health education so they can learn how to make healthy choices and take care of themselves. Health education is required in elementary, middle, and high school!