December, 2023

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Why I Embrace a More Inclusive and Empathetic Teaching Style in Physical Education

SHAPE America

As American society and schools experience growing diversity and interconnectedness, our responsibilities as teachers must embrace pedagogical approaches that nurture and celebrate diversity, inclusion, and empathy. I am a physical education teacher in New York City who is committed to embracing a more inclusive and empathetic teaching style in physical education.

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The Relentless School Nurse: Judy Doran Writes Op-Eds. Here is How!

Relentless School Nurse

Judy Doran is the 2023 Maine School Nurse of the Year and a believer in the power of using her platform to write Op-Eds to address pressing social issues. Here is Judy’s most recently published public commentary for the Bangor Daily News: Bangor Daily News: Letter: Most people support common-sense gun laws. As nurses, we are the largest healthcare workforce in the United States and the most trusted.

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2023 Journey of Active Schools

Active Schools Us

As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the incredible journey we’ve shared in 2023, and we can’t help but feel immense pride in all that we’ve accomplished. It has been a year filled with growth, collaboration, and impactful initiatives that have brought us closer to our mission of ensuring the integration of evidence-based physical activity programs into every student’s PK-12 education.

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Boundaries

Drowning in the Shallow

PE is powerful. Not for the potential impact it can have on children’s learning and development but because, at least in England, it is the only time all children between the age of 5 to 16 are compelled to engage in movement.

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Reimagine the Role of PE to Reconnect With Your Students

Speaker: Jeremy Kellem, M.Ed. - Educational Strategist, Former Athlete, and CEO/Founder of W.I.N. (We Impact Now, LLC)

For many students, physical education is critical to becoming active and developing healthy routines. But how is this possible anymore with the repercussions of the pandemic? Years of COVID-19, social distancing, and virtual learning have all had a profound effect on students, which means educators need to adjust their classes accordingly. The good news is that P.E. can still play a vital role in helping students intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.

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FiT Work #4 - Muscle Magic (2023)

Mr. Suarez's Physical Education

FiT Work #4 - Muscle Magic (2023) Have you ever wondered about superhuman strength? Could you become as strong as The Hulk, or Superman? Or are you destined to be a 90 pound weakling? Muscles play a very important role in our bodies, not only for movement but for the strength, endurance, and flexibility necessary to perform daily activities. But what about emergencies?

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How to Teach Students About Death in the Health Education Classroom (or Any Classroom)

SHAPE America

In 2023, I presented a session at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle with Jessica Adkins, the 2022 SHAPE America Western District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. The session — titled “Death: Let’s Talk About It” — was based on our personal experiences navigating through the loss of loved ones. The reality of death is that it is a natural and inevitable part of life — so why are we so uncomfortable (or afraid) to talk about it?

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The Relentless School Nurse: The 2023 Most Popular Post of the Year is…

Relentless School Nurse

The Relentless School Nurse blog has had another strong year of readership and community engagement. We are closing in on 500,000 visitors since I published my first blog in July of 2017. Since then, I have posted almost 1100 blogs and written more than 600K words. I am so grateful to my readers and especially enjoy meeting you in real life. I always carry Relentless School Nurse pens with me, so if we meet up, I have a small gift of appreciation to share.

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The Patience Game: Leading Long-Term Development

Player Development Project

Player Development is a long-term process, requiring time and patience. Below, we draw on the expertise of authors and experienced coaches Keith and David Mayer to examine how coaches can adequately support players throughout the duration of their developmental journeys. In This Article The Personal Element of Coaching The ‘soft skills’ of coaching are arguably the most important.

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Sleep Lesson Plans For Students

PLT4M

We all sleep. But we don’t always get the quantity or quality sleep needed to perform at our best. And most students probably don’t realize the power and impact of sleep on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Sleep lesson plans can empower students with the knowledge and skills to tap into the power of sleep for overall health and wellness.

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How Physical Education Plays a Core Role in Student Development

Speaker: Shane Pill PhD, MEd, BEd, LMACHPER, FACHPER - Physical Education and Sports Researcher, Professor, Consultant, and Speaker

Physical education is an important part of the development of the whole person: physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. By providing education in movement competency, education on using movement to develop the ability to be self-regulated and motivated, and education through movement to develop ‘habits of mind’ for positive and constructive engagement with others, PE provides a basis for personal and community health and wellbeing.

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Holiday Activity Breaks for your Classroom

Moving Minds Blog

As winter break approaches and students get more and more excited about the holiday season, incorporating some common festive songs into your daily movement breaks is easy! Using the movement bank concept, draw stationary activities out of a hat (or simply preselect these movements). These may include squats, neck rolls, marching in place, touching toes, [.

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Can Talking to a Baby Matter as Much as Calories?

Stanford Childrens

Findings back up a long-standing reading program in the Stanford Children’s NICU A newly published study from a team of researchers and physician-scientists at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health adds to the growing body of literature linking speech exposure in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to positive health outcomes. The study set out to examine the relationship between the NICU speech environment and the rate of weight gain in premature infants while they were hospitalized.

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Physical Literacy - Your 2024 Physical Education Development Goal

Physical Education Ideas

We all know the importance Physical Education plays in nurturing well-rounded individuals. A key element that is gaining increasing attention is the concept of Physical Literacy. To be clear, when talking about physical literacy, we are not talking about teaching kids the ABCs whilst getting them active. What we are talking about goes beyond the traditional notions of physical fitness; it encompasses a broader range of skills and knowledge that empower individuals to participate confidently

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The Relentless School Nurse: Friends, We Need to Plan Ahead…

Relentless School Nurse

It’s disheartening to witness the trend of school nursing staff reductions across various districts, often attributed to the ending of COVID-19 funding. The potential loss of school nurse positions at the end of this school year is distressing considering the profound impact it will have on the well-being of the students. We need to plan ahead to be ready to speak out at upcoming school board meetings.

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Happy People, Better Players

Player Development Project

Jack Burns is a Kinesiology student at Jacksonville University and former Chelsea & Portsmouth Academy player. Jack opens up about the harsh realities around pursuing football as a career & how athlete welfare and happiness should be at the centre of a coaches approach. Within the sporting realm there is often ample talk pertaining to words that centre around ideas of psychology, be it mental toughness, grit, confidence, resilience, or assertiveness.

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Addressing Misconceptions About  The Concept Curriculum

PE Scholar

Written by Lee Sullivan and Becky Bridges The PE Secondary Concept Curriculum (CC) is now being implemented in over 350 schools worldwide.

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13 Winter-Themed Indoor Activity Ideas for PE!

Gopher PE

As the winter season blankets much of the US in snow, it’s the perfect time to add the magic and joy of the season into your PE classes. Engaging students in winter-themed activities not only promotes physical fitness but also adds a festive twist to traditional activities. In this blog, we’ve compiled 13 creative and enjoyable winter-themed indoor activity ideas that you can do with your students, turning your gym into a winter wonderland of movement and fun!

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Santa’s Elf Brings Comfort and Cheer to Young Patients from the Heart

Stanford Childrens

Monserrat Ruelas, 7, who has a Berlin Heart Active Driver too, shares her Christmas wish with Elfie. Elfie, a seasonal visitor who might just be Santa’s favorite visiting elf, is back visiting Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford , to bring laughter, hope, and a wee bit of mischief and fun to kids staying in the hospital this holiday season. All the way from the North Pole, Elfie is at the hospital to spread cheer and to act as an ambassador of Santa Claus, reporting back about all the go

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SRP Touchdowns for Teachers™

Arizona Health and Physical Education

Score funding for your classroom with SRP Touchdowns for Teachers. For every Arizona Cardinals touchdown in the 2023 NFL season, two teachers will receive a $500 grant from SRP.

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The Relentless School Nurse: Celebrating 100 Episodes of “See You Now”Podcast!

Relentless School Nurse

The SEE YOU NOW podcast highlights real people changing the status quo in health, with a specific focus on the contributions of nurses. Hosted by nurse economist and health technology specialist Shawna Butler , the podcast provides meaningful conversations with nurses at the forefront of healthcare and innovation, covering a wide range of topics. The podcast is created in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and the American Nurses Association, and it aims to share the human-centered so

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Making Gymnastics a Better Place with Jaclyn Riemer

Complete Performance

Hey everyone! Welcome to a special episode of the PerformHappy Podcast. I’m thrilled to have a fantastic guest with me today – Jacqueline Raymer, widely known as Gym Coach Jackie on the internet. Not only is she a coach with a great sense of humor,… The post Making Gymnastics a Better Place with Jaclyn Riemer appeared first on Complete Performance Coaching.

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Health & Wellbeing Concept Curriculum – Monday 26th Feb 2024

PE Scholar

Is PE valued in your school?Does your current delivery meet the needs of every student?Does your curriculum nurture physical literacy?

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10 Holiday PE Activity Ideas Shared on Social Media!

Gopher PE

1. The Polar Express Activity Idea by Christine Mason , originally posted on x.com In this classic teamwork game called “The Polar Express,” kids work together like a team of train conductors passing Hula Hoops. They’re on a pretend trip to the North Pole, and the Hula Hoops are the magic link moving their imaginary train. It’s all about laughter and working together, building teamwork skills and creating cool memories of a shared adventure to the North Pole!

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Superheroes – Masquerading as Window Washers – Visit Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Stanford Childrens

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a window washer at Stanford Children’s Health ! Spiderman and his amazing superhero friends assembled and scaled the walls of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to lift kids’ spirits, while washing windows of the patients’ room. Equipped with squeegees, soap and buckets, window washers from Transpacific Building Maintenance and Century Pyramid Building Maintenance, changed into their secret identities as Batman, Flash, Mr.

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Happy Kwanzaa

Arizona Health and Physical Education

What began as a community celebration for African Americans during the Civil Rights movement has become a call to build a better, stronger world for our children. Happy Kwanzaa from Arizona Health and Physical Education.

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The Relentless School Nurse: The Impact of Predictable and Preventable Tragedies Through the Eyes of a Maine School Nurse

Relentless School Nurse

Judy Doran is a school nurse leader and the proud recipient of the 2023 School Nurse of the Year award from the Maine Association of School Nurses. With a rich background in healthcare, including service with the US Public Health Service in Alaska and roles in Family Care and Pediatrics, Judy has spent the last 16 years as a dedicated school nurse in a small community in central Maine.

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Your PE Subject Knowledge Quiz

The Everlearner

I have decided to write a post that challenges you to consider your level of PE subject knowledge. I am doing this because many PE colleagues have mentioned to me that they value the opportunity to reflect on strengths and weaknesses and have a candid approach to subject knowledge.

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Adaptive Teaching in PE

PE Scholar

Introduction Adaptive teaching in PE is the process of adjusting the activities students participate in during physical education lessons, the teaching

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Avoiding Burnout with NCAA star, Elite gymnast, and Mental Coach Briley Casanova

Complete Performance

Welcome back to another empowering episode of PerformHappy, the podcast that dives deep into the world of sports psychology and mental wellness for athletes. In today’s episode, we are thrilled to have a very special guest, Briley Casanova, a former two-time USA Gymnastics National Team… The post Avoiding Burnout with NCAA star, Elite gymnast, and Mental Coach Briley Casanova appeared first on Complete Performance Coaching.

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Teenager Overcomes Two Injuries to Dance in ‘The Nutcracker’

Stanford Childrens

Jocelyn Garcia is dancing in San Jose Dance Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker this year after dislocating her patella twice, thanks to her dedication and the Stanford Medicine Children’s Health care team. In spring 2021, Jocelyn was practicing ballet when she dislocated her patella, or kneecap, and chipped off a piece of bone, which caused intense pain and swelling.

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15th Annual School Healthcare Training Event Saturday, February 10, 2024

Arizona Health and Physical Education

Registration Now Open! 15th Annual School Healthcare Training Event Saturday, February 10, 2024 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM The University of Arizona Pediatric Pulmonary Center is hosting the 15th Annual School Healthcare Training Event. Topics include Smoking Tobacco and Vaping, Weight Inclusiveness, GI Issues & Behaviors, Food Allergies, & Pediatric Mental Health Final Agenda to Be Released Soon!

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The Relentless School Nurse: Understanding Protective Factors for Promoting Children’s Well-being

Relentless School Nurse

Photo credit: CDC Protective Factors Protective factors are individual or environmental characteristics that promote the health and emotional well-being of children and adolescents. They play a crucial role in helping children succeed despite adverse circumstances and can be enhanced to support positive health behaviors and buffer against the potentially harmful effects of negative situations and events.

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The Biochemistry of Zinc and the Immune Response

Designs for Health

Zinc has been referred to as the “ gatekeeper of the immune system ” for solid reasons. This essential mineral, with its critical roles in over 300 enzymes within the body, has been recognized for its vital function in promoting proper immune health since the 1960s. Zinc is required for the optimal development and function of both arms of the immune system – the innate and adaptive immune responses.