Portage

Personalized PE Motivates Students with Positive, Successful Experiences

By personalizing outcomes for each student, PE teachers have helped more students find positive experiences and the motivation to keep working to improve their overall fitness.

“You talk about differentiation in education,” said Portage Central Middle School PE teacher John Dunlop. “I have a boy who, in my 26 years of teaching and coaching, is as athletic a kid as I’ve ever come across. Then there’s another boy who’s about a foot-and-a-half shorter than him, doesn’t really enjoy PE, and they’re in the same class doing the same things. How do you meet the needs of both of these kids when you have them at the same time?” Read More

Not Your Grandma’s PE

Originally published July 31, 2019 in the Atlanta Jewish Times.

By Marcia Caller Jaffe

For the past 20 years Jamie Stein Smith has been teaching health and PE in public Cobb County elementary schools in grades K–5.

In my grammar school Physical Education classes, we played dodgeball and Red Rover and square-danced and wrapped the Maypole. This past year on the nightly news, we’ve seen a barrage of reporting about younger kids involving concussions, bullying and social media permeating the schools. Younger students today have PE three times in seven school days. Note that PE is in addition to 20 minutes of daily recess.

Current PE educator Jamie Stein Smith grew up off Briarcliff Road and was active in Congregation Shearith Israel. In high school, she got excited about sports, teams, and games by serving as bat girl. She went on to graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in health and physical education. Read More