December 2020

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December 2020

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Upcoming Physical Education and Health Zoom Meeting

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The next Physical Education and Health Zoom Meeting is on Tuesday, December 8th, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Please join us for opportunities to network, collaborate, and support each other. Shane Williams, Physical Education Teacher from Moore Public Schools, will be our guest speaker. He will teach us how to produce visuals with Comic Life and discuss strategies he is using with in-person and distance learning this year.

For increased security, you will be required to use the meeting password (provided below).

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 990 1310 3453

Passcode: 497171

Dial by your location at 1-346-248-7799

Spotlight Story

Rocky Flint

Rocky Flint is in his third year of teaching elementary physical education at Flower Mound Public Schools, near Lawton. When the pandemic began back in March, Rocky struggled to know his role with distance learning. He stated, “I struggled with feeling like I was expendable. However, when I started doing videos for my students that feeling changed.” Rocky got creative and started producing videos to connect with students and to share his passion for physical activity and health. Rocky said, “I wanted to do something that allowed my students to see me and hear how much I missed them. Also, the videos allowed me to do different levels of activities for the range of students I teach.” 

Spotlight Story: Rocky Flint

Rocky has produced videos, including an At-Home Scavenger Hunt, using a green screen to make his creations more entertaining for students. He said, “I purchased a green screen on Amazon for $15.  The green screen allows you to remove your background and replace it with video or photo."  Rocky continued with, “I record the video on my iPhone with a telescopic pole for my phone. Then, I air drop the video to my iPad (because it has a bigger screen).  After the video is on the iPad, I use Filmaker Pro (paid app) for the green screen. If you are interested in making videos like Rocky, he offers this advice, “Make sure you do not wear anything close to that color of the green screen and find a good spot that has good lighting to film.”

R-P-S Rocky Flint

During the periods of distance learning this year and last, Rocky found validation through the interaction and the responses his videos received from his students and his students’ parents. He stated, “The responses from the kids and parents showed me how valuable specials (i.e., physical education, music, art, etc.) are even when we can’t teach in person.” One parent of three students (boys) said, “Thank you for your videos!  We would have posted them (the boys participating) on Facebook but they did it in their underwear and LOVED IT!” However, the main reason Rocky produces his videos is because he believes that a video from him is more meaningful and demonstrates that he cares and loves his students. Check out Rocky’s Rock-Paper-Scissors Video!

December Fitness Challenge Calendar

 The December Fitness Challenge Calendar is here! 

S & S Worldwide teamed up with the Alliance For A Healthier Generation to create this fitness calendar for the month of December 2020.

Click on the calendar below to download and print it.

December Fitness Challenge Calendar

Mental and Emotional Distress Resources

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services produced resources to address topics including recognizing and responding to mental and emotional distress among youth, improving resilience, and preventing mental and emotional distress responses. To access resources on how to recognize when a student is in distress, click on the level of students you work with here: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. To access the one pager below, click on the picture.

OK Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources

Resources to Reduce Tobacco and E-cigarettes Use

Healthier Generation and The American Heart Association have worked in collaboration to produce resources to address the use of e-cigarettes in school communities. If you are ready to help students live healthier lives and end vaping in your school district, check out the flyer below or contact Jason Geering for more information. 

Resources to Reduce Tobacco and E-Cig Use

Classroom Physical Activity Resources

Tips for Caregivers

Springboard to Active Schools released Considerations for Classroom Physical Activity during COVID-19 and  Classroom Physical Activity Ideas and Tips which provide district and school administrators, teachers, parents/caregivers, and families with practical ideas and considerations to safely and equitably incorporate physical activity into the school day. These resources were produced to promote a culture of active engagement and learning. Printable sheets of easy-to-use and adaptable activity/energizer cards for different grade levels and learning settings (in-person or virtual) are available.

Project SWITCH's Resources