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5 Fitness Training and Conditioning Tips [Video]

Posted 1 week ago - by Peter Boucher

fitness training pull-upOne question that always seems to pop up is, “What’s the best way for me to get back into shape?” or “How do I get in shape for my sport?”

I have always tried to keep it simple and succinct when giving advice on how to get into shape or maintain conditioning levels. I’ve compiled a list of Training Tips that are absolutely pertinent to training. 

Here’s what competing at the high school and collegiate level cross-country/track & field and then coaching/directing high level fitness programs have taught me when encouraging myself or others to develop or maintain conditioning levels:

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Change your Clothes

I know, this sounds very odd. However, my high school coach used to preach this to us and it actually works! I can still hear him now. He would say that when you’re supposed to work out and you’re procrastinating or wavering, “simply change your clothes and put on your running sneakers, shorts, etc. and you will feel compelled to go work out.”

We call it “flipping the switch!”, and as odd as it sounds, he was 100% correct. Every single time I do this, it works! I find myself walking around in my workout gear and feeling lazy or silly for not actually working out, so then I go work out. Try it, I bet it works for you too!
 

Gather Guidance

It’s extremely important to check in with some sort of expert before you begin a new conditioning program so that you are starting off safely and appropriately. Everyone has different goals and therefore you really want to generate a program that is tailored to your goals, body type, and current fitness/conditioning level.

If you are able to view our attached video clips, our Strength and Conditioning Coach talks about how important it is to have a program designed specifically for you. It is also critical to be able to utilize assessments (generally each week) to determine how far you are advancing related to your goals and workout prescriptions.

Having a conditioning expert or coach to check in with can also generate some much needed motivation and can usually help prevent over-use and injuries.
 

Routines and Schedules

This can be a “make-it or break-it” type of organizer for those wanting to begin or improve their fitness level. It is very important to set up a routine or scheduled time to work out for the upcoming week. A schedule will really encourage you to carve out the time needed to get a comprehensive workout in.

I typically tell students and adults that you can get a workout in from anywhere to 30-60 minutes if you plan properly. Setting up a time and day to workout is paramount for forward progress.

For example, I would typically schedule my workouts similar to: Tuesday 4-5pm, Thursday 5-6pm, Saturday 9am-10am, and Sunday 9am-10am. If someone were to simply schedule those 4 days to work out and not assign a specific time I have noticed that the workout typically gets bumped when more “important” or fun things pop up. Try specific scheduling for two weeks and see if it helps you to garner better results.
 

Workout Partners and Workout Groups

Workout Partners

These might seem very similar but they are different enough to receive their own mention. A workout partner or buddy is a specific person who you commit to work out with a certain number of times a week. 

This can be so helpful as it links you to a schedule time and a particular person who is counting on you to show up so you both can work out together.  I have a friend at work, we try to work out 3 times a week, and I can honestly say that if we didn’t commit to those times, I probably would miss many sessions due to being tired, too busy, etc.

Workout Groups

Regarding workout groups, these can be lifesavers too. See what two of our football players have to say about workout groups and partners in the video.

Often times, you’re joining a club or form a club of your own and commit to meeting a few times per week to get the heart pumping. This is a great motivator as you feel connected to this “team” and you typically feel obligated to attend the session. It’s also nice to have multiple people different levels all working out at the same time so you have friends all around you during workouts. Workout partners and workout Groups can be a valuable tool to keeping you on the fitness continuum.
 

Goals, Recording Keeping and Rewards

As our Conditioning Coach mentions in the short video clip, goals are extremely important to everyone who is looking to get into or stay in shape. They are a fantastic way to monitor your progress and ideally inspire you to keep moving forward. Whether it’s losing weight, gaining muscle mass, improving your fitness capacity, etc., it is imperative to have short-term goals (weekly) and long-term goals to help you assess where you are currently and how much progress you are making.

Who doesn’t get excited when they’ve lost that pound, gained that indicated bench press weight, or reached an intended fitness heart rate or running time? Rewarding yourself every now and again for achieving some of these goals is encouraged too! No matter how you choose to do it, setting goals and recording them can be helpful and inspiring to achieving your intended fitness level.

So, here is what I have compiled as a high school and college athlete and a Head Coach/Director for almost 25 years. As you can see from the attached videos, our student-athletes here at Milford High School utilize and believe in these 5 fitness tips as they feel that these specific tips help them get into and stay in top shape.  We try to offer as much specificity, organization, and professional support as we can during the school year and summers to help our students, student-athletes, and staff/community to embrace maintaining a fitness level that works for them.

How about you and your community? What works for you, your team, or your school? Thanks for checking in and let us know what you think…

 



Outside the Box Fitness Station Ideas

Posted 2 weeks ago - by Michael Beringer

When you think of fitness stations, you likely think of stations involving a piece of fitness equipment, like dumbbells, jump ropes, resistance bands, or medicine balls. Sometimes you need to switch it up to keep fitness and fitness stations fresh!

Below are four creative fitness stations that I have used. These unique and easy-to-use stations have really motivated my students to be more physically active and get their sweat on. To get started, simply divide your gymnasium or physical education space into 4 quadrants.

Fidget spinner PE spin boardsStation 1: Fidget Spinner PE Spin Boards

As we all know, fidget spinners are popular right now. Why not jump on-board and be the “cool teacher” that actually lets students use them in class? I’m a firm believer in building relationships with students and this will help you do just that.

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While searching twitter, I came across these cool pre-made Fidget Spinner PE Spin Boards. All you need are a bunch of Fidget Spinners (I bought mine at the Dollar Store) and these awesome Fidget Spinner PE Spin Boards, created by Pete Charrette AKA @CapnPetesPE on twitter.

Station 2: Fitness Puzzles

Fitness puzzles

My next station combines teamwork, cooperation, fitness, and literacy all into one station. All you need to do with these Fitness Puzzles is print, cut, laminate, and you are done. Put the puzzle pieces on the floor and let the students solve the fitness puzzles. When the group solves a puzzle, have the students perform the exercise and how many reps it says until it’s time to rotate to the next station.

 

Themed Fitness WorkoutsStation 3: Themed Fitness Workouts

Switch your stations up using themed fitness circuits or workout routines. Darebee.com allows you to pick from a variety of themed circuits and workout routines, all you need to do is print, laminate, and display the workout.
 

 

Station 4: Fitness Tic-Tac-Toe

This activity can be used for 2 vs. 2 or 3 vs. 3, depending on how much wait time you want. Use the ACTION! Quick-Tac-Toe Set or use hula-hoops for a DIY version.

The objective is to have your team get three in a row like in tic-tac-toe. If all the objects have been played and there is no tic-tac-toe, the next player in line will run down and move one of their own objects into an open hoop.

How to Play:

  • Each player has one scarf (or any object they can carry).
  • On the signal, the first person in each group runs as fast as they can down to the tic-tac-toe board and places his/her object into one of the nine hula hoops.
  • After he/she places the object, he/she runs back to the team line and high fives the next player in line.
  • The next player will then run down and place their object in an open hoop. 

Tic-Tac-Toe Hula Hoops



Fitness Testing: Helpful or Hurtful?

Posted 2 weeks ago - by Carolyn Temertzoglou

Pacer testWhen pre-service teachers are asked to reflect on their experiences of fitness testing, few of them recall why they were participating in them or learning how these activities could help them make healthier choices throughout their lives.

Many recall having to do the “beep test”, but were not made aware of how this could be an indicator of one’s cardiorespiratory fitness or how the results could be used to create an action plan to improve one’s physical fitness. In addition, they dreaded the experience as it was a public display of who was fit and who was not in their PE class.

A recent article in the Sport, Education, and Society Journal shed light on a research study, involving adolescent students using wearable trackers, such as a Fitbit, for eight weeks to see if their levels of motivation to be physically active changed over time. Very interesting results were found; over time many of the students wearing the digital fitness trackers were less motivated to take part in physical activity as they felt pressured and had feelings of guilt or inadequacy if they couldn’t beat their peer’s step count or achieve 10,000 steps. Those who were already active could easily achieve the goal of 10,000 steps per day. End result, students felt devices shouldn’t be used as it made some students feel less confident in their physical ability.

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Too often, fitness testing can do more harm than good. It can be a very intimating and threatening experience for our students leaving them with feelings of inadequacy and less confidence in their abilities; moreover, students can become less motivated and less engaged to be physically active. Yet, we know that physical activity is paramount for one’s physical, mental, spiritual and social health and that physical fitness is a changing condition throughout one’s life.

Do you remember the last time you formally assessed your physical fitness? Or perhaps while running for the bus or walking a few flights of stairs, you felt a shortness of breath and said to yourself…“ I need to do more aerobic activity!”

This raises the question, “What are the most effective means to assess physical fitness in physical education classes to help students monitor changes in their physical fitness overtime?”

The framework “why, what and how” can be easily applied to guide PE teachers to deliver effective fitness testing that can be helpful.

 

Why implement fitness testing?

  • Students can identify their strength and weaknesses related to personal fitness, participate in a variety of fitness appraisals that are suitable to their own stage of development and physical fitness, gather data from the appraisals and use this data to set personal goals using the SMART principle.

What and How to implement essential learning outcomes of physical fitness?

According to the Ontario Health and Physical Education curriculum, the following outcomes help students understand the importance of being physically active, develop a commitment and motivation to be physically active and provide them with the tools to assess and refine their fitness plans over time.   

  • Participate regularly in sustained moderate to vigorous physical activity to the best of one’s ability for a minimum of 20 minutes
  • Describe short-term and long-term benefits of developing health-related fitness (e.g., cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility) and skill related fitness (e.g., power, speed, agility, balance, reaction time, coordination) 
    • Students communicate the benefits of various types of fitness and why they may choose to include them in their fitness plan.

For example, a one student might describe “I am a soccer goalie so engaging in activities that help me improve my hand eye coordination and reaction time such as a wall ball toss is important for me to be able to react quickly in a game situation to stop a goal”. While another student might share, “I want to be able to run a 5km community race with my friend so focusing on aerobic activities that help me run continuously for a period of time without feeling fatigued are important in my fitness plan”.

  • Assess level of health-related fitness and monitor changes over time  
    • Students understand that fitness is a changing condition and apply various ways to assess their fitness that might be best suitable to their physical fitness at a given point of time
      •  Caution: the beep test, a maximal 20 m shuttle, is not the only appraisal to be used to assess cardiorespiratory fitness – it is a great tool for those students who are physically fit but can be discouraging for those students who are less fit and lack motivation
      • Consider providing a variety of appraisals for students to choose from, however be sure to be consistent with the same choice of appraisal for the next testing round. A variety of cardiorespiratory appraisals are listed below:
        • Cooper Test: 12 Minute Run – maximal running test where participants try to cover as much distance in 12 minutes
        • Rockport One-Mile Walking test – submaximal walking test where participants walk for one mile as fast as they can; very good for those with lower aerobic fitness level
        • MCaft (modified Canadian Aerobic fitness test) – submaximal test where participants move up and down a few steps to a cadence/rhythm.
        • YoYo Intermittent Test – variation of Beep Test with short active breaks
        • 30:15 Intermittent Test – participants run 30 seconds alternated with 15 seconds of walking repeatedly
           
  • Develop, implement and revise a personal fitness plan
    • Students create an action plan using various training principles such as the FITT principle, overload principle, SMART principle
    • In a student led interview, peer sharing or fitness journal, students describe how they developed, implemented and revised their plan throughout the school year. What were some barriers? How did they overcome barriers? What do they wish to focus on in the summer and into the following year?
       

How to implement effective fitness testing into your PE program?

Explore these resources to create meaningful experiences for fitness testing for students.

flexibility test

1. OPHEA’s Quality Assessment to Support the Development of Physical Literacy Skills in HPE Position Paper - Provides guidelines for appropriate use of assessment methods and tools e.g., physical assessment results/scores should not be used as a grade, assessments should be inclusive, student-centered, personalized and consistent throughout the year. 

2. PHE Canada’s Passport for Life  - A K-12 Program that supports the understanding, assessment and development of physical literacy among students.

3. Thompson Educational Publishing - resources that support the delivery of quality well planned inclusive HPE programs.

4. Gopher Fitness Testing Equipment - a variety of fitness testing equipment that can be used for your PE program. 



Fitness Testing Devices: Pedometers and Heart Rate Monitors

Posted 4 weeks ago - by Dr. Lisa Witherspoon

Fitness testing devicesAssessing our students’ fitness levels is an enormous task for physical education teachers. Continue reading to see how fitness testing devices like heart rate monitors and pedometers can help! 

Unlike regular classroom teachers, we have to assess a large number of students on a daily basis. The standardized fitness tests, such as FITNESSGRAM®, can only play a small role in assisting our students unless we are able to set goals for each student and continue to assess them throughout the school year. The question for many teachers is, “How can we do this when there are so many students with individual needs?”

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Fitness Testing Devices

Most of you have heard about heart rate monitors, accelerometers, and pedometers. Depending on the type chosen, data that is collected on the device can be automatically downloaded and stored for easy access. This is a great way to hold students accountable, increase motivation, and communicate with parents.  Generally speaking, see the following as a quick definition of what each of these devices accomplishes:

  1. Heart Rate Monitors:  Allows teachers and students to monitor the heart rate of the individual wearing the device.  Teachers can set the monitor for the appropriate heart rate zone in which the student should try to reach and maintain. This helps students understand the appropriate exercise level as well as help teachers assess the students on a daily basis.
     
  2. Accelerometers:  These devices are also worn by the student and can measure anything from heart rates, steps taken, calories burned, etc. depending on the particular device purchased.  This is another great tool to hold students accountable for accomplishing goals that have been set.
     
  3. PedometerPedometers:  These tools are typically restricted to simply counting the number of steps taken by the student. Yet, another great device to assist teachers in monitoring student progress and assessing fitness levels. It is very important to understand that students’ strides will vary so setting steps between students should not be compared.

The FITstep Pro Uploadable Pedometers track steps, activity time, and MVPA. Best of all, students can upload their data to the free software in less than 2 seconds. Learn more about FITstep Pedometers here

Heart Rate Monitor Experience

I personally had an eye opening experience when I used heart rate monitors for the first time during one of my elementary classes. I had a student that seemed to be lazy and dislike physical education in general. I tried to encourage her and at one point just got frustrated with her lack of effort.

When I received the heart rate monitors, I thought this would be a great way for me to show her the level in which she needed to be exercising on a daily basis. I set my monitors to beep when the students were too high or too low. During the instant activity (warm up), we were playing a fun game.  I heard her heart rate monitor beeping. I slowly approached her and what I saw was simply shocking and scary. Her heart rate was approximately 210 bpm. Had I not had a heart rate monitor on her, I may have pushed her to work harder and something terrible could have happened. It was truly an eye opener for me, and one that left me feeling terrible about the way I had stereotyped this young child.

Not only can these devices help us monitor a student’s exercise level during class, but they can help us set goals and assess students daily, weekly, or monthly. There are a plethora of products that can also assist with monitoring students muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and even body composition if desired. Check out a variety of fitness assessment tools that may be of interest to your classroom needs.  In conclusion, technology really is the most realistic way to assess students’ fitness levels efficiently and effectively as well as help accomplish your goals and assist students in accomplishing theirs.



How to Perform a Push-Up Assessment [Instructional Video]

Posted 4 weeks ago - by Gopher Community
 

Teach students how to properly perform the push-up test with this helpful video and detailed instruction. Make push-up assessments even easier by using the Rep-Addition Push-Up Testers to increase accuracy and efficiency. 

Push-Up Assessment Set-Up:

  • Before performing the push-up test, adjust the height of the console so your arms are bent at a 90-degree angle when your chest touches the console
  • Press and hold the “Reset” button to clear the settings back to zero

 

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Free Downloadable Resources:

View the video on the right for a full demonstration of the push-up assessment. Click the download button to save the video to your computer for your students follow along! An audio file is available for your download as well.

Assessment Instructions:

  • Kneel and place your hands flat on the hand pads at shoulder-width apart, face your fingers forward. Straighten your legs and lift onto your toes with your arms perpendicular to the ground.  
  • Once you begin the push-up test, wait for the instructor to call out, “down.” With your head, back and legs creating a straight line, bend your elbows, until your chest touches the console. Once the tester beeps, your rep has been counted.
  • Slowly push back up once the instructor says, “up”, returning to the starting position, keeping a straight-line posture and only using your chest and arms to propel you! Continue to follow the prompts performing push-ups until you are not able to continue.
  • The test is complete once you perform 75 push-ups or you cannot continue anymore. Once testing is complete, look on the tester for your results and report your score to your teacher!

Good luck on your assessment!



How to Perform a Sit-and-Reach Assessment [Instructional Video]

Posted 1 month ago - by Gopher Community
 

Use the above video to demonstrate the sit-and-reach assessment to your students. Don’t forget to download it for future use! Make flexibility testing even easier with Gopher’s UltraFlex Testers – giving you the ability to test two to four students at the same time!

Sit-and-Reach Assessment Instructions

You can perform the sit-and-reach test as a traditional test or the back-saver test. The back saver test measures the flexibility of left and right legs separately and avoids the hyper-extension of both knees.

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  1. To perform the back-saver sit-and-reach test, remove your shoes and fully extend one leg, placing the sole of your foot flat against the tester. Bend your other knee with the sole of your foot flat against the mat.
  2. Extend your arms and place one hand over the other. Slowly reach forward four times and hold the positon on the fourth reach for at least one second.
  3. You may repeat the test up to three times, recording your best score to the nearest ½ inch.
  4. Switch legs and repeat the test.

Good luck on your assessment!

 



How to Perform a Curl-Up Assessment [Instructional Video]

Posted 1 month ago - by Gopher Community
 

Explaining how to perform national curl-up assessments to students can be difficult. The video above provides detailed, yet easy-to-comprehend instructions for completing a curl-up assessment. Use Gopher’s AssessPro Rep-Addition Curl-Up Tester to make measuring students’ abdominal strength and endurance even easier and more efficient!

Curl-Up Assessment Set-Up

  • To perform the curl-up test, lay down, rest your head on the mat, and straighten your arms with your palms resting on the mat.
  • The first line of the tester is a 4.5-inch test, designed for students ages 10 and up, while the second line is a 3-inch test designed for students between the ages of 5 and 9.
  • Rest your fingertips at the edge of the correct line and place your feet on the tester, keeping your feet flat to the floor. Your heels should be about 12 inches from your fingertips. 
  • Press and hold the “reset” button to clear the tester to 0.

 

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Free Downloadable Resources

View the video on the right for a full demonstration of the curl-up assessment. Click the download button to save the video to your computer for your students follow along! Download the free audio file below. 

Curl-Up Assessment Instructions

Once you begin the curl-up test, wait for the instructor to call out, “up,” then curl up slowly, keeping your arms straight and feet on the ground while sliding your fingers along the mat to push the big orange button. Once the tester beeps, your rep has been counted.

Slowly curl back down once the instructor says, “down”. Continue to perform curl-ups until you have to stop or record two form breaks.

Your teacher or you partner will be assessing your curl-up form and will keep track of form breaks. Once you record two form breaks, testing is complete.

Form Breaks

There are four form breaks that can occur.

  • If you do not reach up and touch your fingertips to the button.
  • Your feet lift off the ground during a curl-up.
  • Back, shoulders and head doesn’t touch the mat in-between reps.
  • Or movement is inconsistent and you are not able to keep up with the instructor.

The test is complete once you perform 75 curl-ups or you cannot continue anymore. Once testing is complete, look on the tester for your results and report your score to your teacher.

Good luck on your assessment!



Using Fitness Testing Data in P.E.

Posted 1 month ago - by Jason Gemberling

Fitness testing

You decided to have your students do some fitness testing and you have all of the results collected, now what?  It is a great question and one that I am sure has a variety of answers, anywhere from putting the results in a file drawer to analyzing the results in great detail.  My hope is that you are pushing more toward the analyzing the results end of the spectrum, or honestly, why else are you testing your students?

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Fitness Testing Practices

First, let me start with a few thoughts on testing itself.  I have struggled with subjecting my students to fitness testing and whether or not I am getting true results.  There are several well-known physical educators who are against testing students for various reasons, one of which is it can turn kids away from physical activity, especially kids who are not very physically fit. 

Others take the extreme position in handing out awards to those that are fit and dominated the testing.  I place myself in the middle of this all, in that I do not grade students based on their results nor do I punish them for not making a certain standard. 

My goal is to encourage my students to give me their best effort on that particular day and always to try to do better than before.  I know I have some students that are out to set records in my class and they do, but I also have those students that are obese and hate exercise so by asking for their best and encouraging them to beat their personal best, I see first-hand that students are working harder.

What to do with the Results

With that said, what do I do with my results?  As a PE department, we test our students three times a year and inform the students that the results are used to guide our instruction. Again, this helps to motivate some students.  At the end of our school year, we look at what areas of fitness our students performed well and which areas show us we need improvement.  We break these results down by age and gender to help us better understand the results. 

For our school, we have noticed a downward spiral in muscular strength and endurance, but a slight upward spike for cardiovascular endurance over the past 3 or 4 years.  We attribute this spike in cardio to a switch in our focus from team sports to a more fitness-based curriculum.  As we continue to gather data, we will work to continue the growth in cardio.  Likewise, we know that we need to increase our focus in strength areas to help create a more well-rounded fitness level for our students.

Fitness Report Card

Something we have considered doing with our results is creating a Fitness Report Card for students to take home to their parents.  Our hesitation lies in putting too much emphasis on testing and turning kids off on becoming healthier individuals because they fear repercussions from home. To ease these concerns, we make sure parents are aware of the testing and inform them that they are welcome to come into school and meet with us about the results and what we are doing to help their child improve, not just on the testing, but really on our main focus, improving wellness. 

We also talk with our students individually about their results and what they mean to them and how we can work together to create a fitness plan.  Again, the goal of our program is to get our students heading in a positive direction with their health and well-being.

A word of caution with your results – before you start testing, understand that fitness testing can be unreliable due to factors beyond our control and even the students’ control.  I say this because we all know that kids can be stubborn, they might feel ill, they might be hesitant of testing, etc., so be understanding and encouraging and you will find your data too be more reliable because your students will know you want them to do their best!

At the end of the day, what you choose to do with your data is up to you, but I do encourage you to use it. Let students know the value and what you are using the results for so they put more stock into what they are about to do. And above all else, MAKE IT FUN!!    



10 Equipment and Inventory Organization Tips

Posted 1 month ago - by Jessica Shawley

equipment storage roomI’ll admit it; I love the opportunity to organize and inventory the equipment room. I really do. I know an organized space helps set me up for success. Having an up-to-date inventory helps guide planning for the current year and beyond.

One does not need to stress about being an organization expert. I work to the best of my ability with what I have. I pick one area to improve upon, gather ideas for that area, and then make it happen. Do the best you can with what you have, and do not waste all your time trying to find and implement every idea. Of course, a big ‘thank you’ goes to the online community of Pinterest, Google, Twitter, and Voxer for sharing ideas. Here are my top ten tips for equipment and inventory organization. I’ve also included a free inventory template.  

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1. Organize by type:

I group most of my items by type. For example, the fitness equipment section is organized by type (bands, jump ropes, dumbbells, etc.) and goes in a particular area of storage. All general multi-use items are in the same area including cones, spots, pinnies, etc. We also have a “curriculum corner” where all task and fitness station signs, nutrition education materials, pencils, markers, etc. are all together.

CartGo mobile storage rack2. Organize by usage:

As in our own homes, frequently used items are easily accessible and infrequently used items are in the back corner and take a few moments more to find when you need them.

We use an in-season and out-of-season system. Items that are going to be used for the upcoming unit are placed up front and are typically in collapsible, wheeled storage carts, like CartGo. Equipment we just finished with is put away in the back or on shelves.

3. Take notes:

To go along with tip #2, it is important to reflect, not only upon the end of each unit with regard to the learning experience, but also in terms of equipment and materials.

When putting away equipment I may not use for a while, I make notes as to what may be needed next time and what needs fixing. With that said, have a note pad and pencil handy in the equipment room (thankfully Gopher includes a note pad with each order). Being able to take notes immediately is a huge help! I then take a picture of the note and bring it back to my office to transfer to my official to-do list.

4. Labeling:

I label EVERYTHING. I use 2-inch deluxe vinyl floor tape on all tubs, boxes, larger items, etc. Every piece of equipment is also labeled. With black permanent marker, I write, “MMS PE” along with the year I received it. The year helps me know how old something is and reminds me of when to add it to the replacement rotation list. It also lets me know if an item is holding up to my expectation of use. If I bought something last year and it looks as if I’ve been using it for 5 years, then I may try something longer lasting next time.

As a side note: Sometimes you really do get what you pay for, so consider how long you want something to last. Gopher did not tell me to write this, though, I feel like it needs to be said. Their warranty is the real deal. When Gopher says, “Unconditional 100% Satisfaction Guarantee,” they mean it. This gives me great peace of mind and helps stretch my budget. I find their equipment lasts longer and their customer service to be the best in the business.

mobile equipment storage rack5. Think Portability:

One of the biggest helps in my storage room is having the ability to wheel equipment around so that I can change between units quickly. Look for collapsible carts like the CartGo cart or Magnus wheeled carts for in-season items.

6. Color Coding:

Being able to purchase equipment in rainbow colors helps with organizing teams and stations. It has made my lessons run more smoothly. I recommend integrating more color-coding whenever possible.

7. Storage Options:

Most teachers are not provided with a complete storage system, so always be on the lookout for good deals on storage items such as tubs in a variety of sizes, cardboard boxes, collapsible carts, wheeled carts, milk crates, and utility hooks to hang things in storage.

ipad storage8. Electricity & Technology:

An important thing to keep in mind is where you will organize, secure, and charge all devices. This can be a challenge if your storage room is not set up with a charging area.

Having high quality multi-port power strips helps. We are lucky enough to have a secure storage space, so I use plastic file folder tubs with my iPads placed upside down and charge them in there. Electricity access and secure storage is an important conversation to have with administration as you add more technology. You don’t want to breach any safety inspection policies with charging cords running amuck.

storage closet repair area9. Junk Drawer and Repair Table:

My “junk drawer” contains zip ties, cords, carabiners, clips, and those random pieces. You never know what you will need and having a small utility drawer comes in handy. The repair table is where broken or damaged items reside or where new items go that need inflation or labeling before officially going into storage. The toolbox and inflator are both in this area.

10. Electronic Inventory Record:

I use an electronic inventory sheet to keep a detailed record of everything we have. This is updated at the end of each year and turned in to the office before I leave for summer (both as a hand-delivered hard copy and as a soft copy delivered via email). Feel free to download the template and adapt it to meet your needs. You’ll also find my previous organization blogs here on my P.E. Champs webpage.

Continue the conversation: What are your favorite equipment organization tips, tricks and #pehacks? Please share them in this thread. I’ll start the conversation on Twitter as well. Follow me @JessicaShawley

 



Back-to-School PE Checklist

Posted 1 month ago - by Gopher Community

Summer is ending and back-to-school season is right around the corner. Use this checklist, inlcuding forms and paperwork, curriculum, technology, and equipment, to help you get ready for the new school year. 

 



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