new P.E.

Up Close with Dr. E: The new P.E.

Originally published Aug. 4, 2018 by the Journal Review.

By Dr. Richard Elghammer

If you had asked me, when I was a 10-year -old boy attending school, “What do you like most about school?” my answer was lunch and recess.

Lunch was good because I liked food (still do), and my mother, a five-star cook, packed my lunch with delicious sandwiches and occasional surprises (Heath bar, tootsie roll). Recess was good because I hated (still do) being forced to sit all day at my desk. Recess for me was the same as racing is to a thoroughbred competing in the Kentucky Derby: the freedom to run your heart out in a pell-mell dash down a dirt racetrack, and the power-raw muscular power-to push and push your body until your front legs cross the finish line. Recess gave my body unfettered freedom to do what all children’s bodies are engineered to do, namely, to run, jump, hop, skip, swing, teeter, roll, stretch and twist.

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spin class

Mt. Pleasant to offer free spin classes at community center

Originally published July 29 in the Columbia Daily Herald.

By Mike Christen

Mt. Pleasant is turning its wheels as it celebrates the approval of a $31,150 grant to launch a spin class with the city’s parks and recreation department.

Mt. Pleasant Parks Director Thomas Kenney said the funds will go to purchasing 18 bikes, an audio visual system and marketing materials for the program.

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physical education

Physical Education: More Than Fun and Games

Originally published July 18, 2018 by the Keene State College News.

Think back to your physical educations classes in elementary school and beyond. If you recall only playing games or doing tedious exercises, you’re not alone. However, today’s physical education classes are different, more exciting, and about much more than fun and games.

“Enjoyment, or fun, is only part of the five standards of physical education,” says Eric Carpenter, assistant professor of human performance and movement sciences. “Fun and games is a stereotype. The goal is to help the whole child learn.” Read More

PE heart rate training

Students Carry PE Heart Rate Training Skills to Summer PE Lessons

Teachers Extend PE Lessons Beyond School Year by Modifying Neighborhood, Childhood Games with Fitness Elements

Students in Andrew Pulling’s Portland High School physical education classes can maintain their fitness while taking part in family games at this week’s July 4 family picnics by displaying their PE heart rate training skills.

Pulling creates engaging PE lessons for his students by modifying activities many high schoolers feel they might have outgrown. Two of Pulling’s most engaging lessons include:

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Wellness

Hamburg’s Donine J. Kelly presented Teacher of the Year Award, Arnold Fink Innovation Award

Originally published May 29, 2018 by the Berks-Mont News.

By Tyler Hall

Donine Kelly, a Physical Education teacher at Hamburg Area High School was recognized by her fellow teachers as the Teacher of the Year on May 16. Donine also received the Arnold Fink Innovation Award, the first teacher to be honored with both of these awards by The Lancaster Lebanon Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Health and Physical Education Recreation and Dance. This reflects both her commitment to better the Physical Education system and her plans for preparing the upcoming generations to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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