|1||Sept. 4-7||Fun intro games|
|9||Oct. 29-Nov. 2||Golf|
|9||Oct. 29-Nov. 2||Golf|
|13,14||Nov. 26-Dec. 7||Team Handball|
|16||Dec. 17-21||Christmas Games|
|17||Jan. 7-11||Winter Presidential Fitness|
|18||Jan. 14-18||Indoor Soccer|
|20||Jan. 28-Feb. 1||Basketball|
|24||Feb. 25-Mar. 1||Football|
|25,26||Mar. 4-15||Ultimate Frisbee|
|28||Mar. 25-29||Easter Games|
|32, 33||Apr. 29-May 10||Presidential Fitness Test|
|34||May. 13-17||Omnikin Ball|
|37,38||June. 3-12||Class Choice|
*This schedule is not set in stone (It sometimes rains in Seattle! So we may have to stay indoors on days when outdoor games are scheduled)
*We will also include non-sport games (Tag, Battleship, Capture the flag, etc…) throughout the year
As a P.E. teacher, my ideas of how my class should be taught are slowly forming into what I think the best way a P.E. program should be run in order to maximize the success and enjoyment of the students. I would like to begin by telling you a little about how I run my P.E. classes, some of the activities we do, and why we do these activities.
BEGINNING OF CLASS
After the students are seated, I make a quick observation to see if any students are absent and I note these absences. We have a couple of stretch routines that we cycle through. On some days I pick a student leader who leads the class in a stretch routine that I have made into a stretch card. Other days we spice things up with one of my many P.E. based CD's which leads the class with their stretching.
If we are not playing a sport that can be tied into a cardiovascular workout, we do a variety of exercises. For example, sometimes I set out four cones in a large rectangular shape in the gym. I play music while the students perform different movements such as running, walking, race-walking, skipping, hopping, or running backwards. When the music stops the students are to freeze, while I instruct them in the next movement to be performed. My main goal for the cardiovascular portion of class is to give the students an enjoyable and sometimes competitive way to get their blood flowing. If I were to simply blow the whistle and have the children run back and forth, or run laps, I would be just as bored watching them as they would be running.LESSON
In this day and age of high tech computers and video gaming systems, it seems to me that children have become more accustomed to sitting at home playing their newest video game on a sunny Saturday afternoon than playing a pickup game at the park. My goals for my P.E. classes are to pack as much learning and physical exercise into their 30 or 45 minutes as I can. In order to insure the students are getting this workout, I must make sure the class moves along as planned as well as doing my best to make sure all of the necessary equipment is laid out prior to class and ready for the children to get to work.
I enjoy seeing a student walk out of the gym with sweat coming off of his or her head and a smile on their face. That shows me that they worked hard and had fun in the process. I try to be the most upbeat P.E. teacher I can while giving the children a good, hard, but enjoyable workout.
Hi! My name is Michael Rittman and I am the P.E. teacher here at St. George. I am a 2000 graduate of St. George and a 2004 graduate of O'Dea High School. I graduated from the University of ... continue reading