Using Music in Class

Engaging Students


I don’t always use music in class…but when I do, this is one way in which I’ve had some success.

In my large activity classes, when we are in tournament play I like to use (or succumb to student pressure) music to pump up the energy in the class – especially with those classes that are early or late in the day. I used to use Pandora radio which creates it’s playlists around one particular artist or genre. Although that created some great playlists inevitably the music wasn’t to the liking of every student, plus I had no control over the content and the occasional non-school-appropriate track resulted in mad dashes over to the iPod to skip a track or two.

So, in an effort to include all students, and pre-screen the music, I now collect a suggested song (or two) from each student to add to a playlist on

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Balancing Instructional Time with Practice Time: the story of Volleyball Bingo


Last night while moderating the last session of #pechat, this anecdotal part of the discussion sparked a reflection from earlier in the school year. To give context, last nights #pechat focused on the balance between effective use of instructional time (IT) and practice time (PT). Much of what was discussed centered on things such as: effective planning, limiting teacher talk, purposeful practice vs. physical activity, questioning, and interspersing instruction/checking for understanding throughout a solid lesson with high levels of practice opportunity. One of my biggest professional goals this year was finding ways to give timely, specific feedback as efficiently as possible–this was imperative for me because of the rather large (45 students) classes I encountered on a daily basis.

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PE Institute’s Live Web-Streaming Video Update!

PE Institute’s Live Web-Streaming! This is a fantastic opportunity for all Phys Ed teachers!

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PE Institute’s Live Web-Streaming Video Update! Here’s how it will work:

(1) Each day during the Institute, we will live web-stream the Keynote Sessions on the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness’ website page. The url page is:
(2) For a complete listing of the Keynotes and times, please visit:
(3) For example, Jean Blaydes Moize is our first keynoter from 8:45 – 9:45 AM Eastern on Monday, July 28th.
“Physical Education Improves Academic Performance: Yes! We Have Data on That!” – Neuroscientists continue to advocate the importance of movement and physical activity for optimal learning. This interactive presentation will summarize recent brain research that links movement to learning, the importance of physical education, and how to use this research to advocate, validate, educate and motivate!
(4) For those of you unable to catch this free web-streaming, we’ll archive the 7 Keynotes on the National PE Institute…

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The Longest Day of Play


June 21st is The Longest Day of Play.

A day where everyone is encouraged to spend as much of the day as possible getting outside and playing with your family.

The Participaction website has tons of ideas for you and your family to try.

Here is 100 ways to play!

Inactivity is an epidemic. The lack of unstructured free play is an epidemic. Let’s combat both of these issues by pledging to make this and every June 21st The Longest Day of Play.


18 ways to use Google forms and sheets in #Physed (including examples)

Fantastic post. Not only beneficial to Phys Ed teachers but all educators. Thank you Mr. Kampen!


Google Apps For Education are an amazing suite of apps specifically catered for schools and students. Part of this suite are google forms, which allow a very quick and organised way to collect any sort of data which can be analysed and sorted within a spreadsheet. basically, once students have entered the data via the forms, the information is merged into a spreadsheet and saved into your google drive. Forms are extremely easy to share via the magic ‘share’ button, which you can email to students or link to a QR code! Get organised and start using forms in PE.organisation (1)

Below is a list of 18 ways Ive used google forms and sheets in #Physed, or ideas I have come up with for future use. Your options are limited only to your imagination, so feel free to share your ideas also!

  1. Ask students questions relating to a particular games rules to…

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Get on the Vine

Get On The Vine

Blue Jay Bridge ( Twitter/Vine/Instagram — @MrBridge204 )

What is Vine?

Vine is a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short looping video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum clip length of six seconds and can be shared to Vine’s social network, or to other services such as Twitter and Facebook. Vine enables users to record short video clips, up to six seconds long while recording, through its in-app camera. The camera records only while the screen is being touched, enabling users to edit on the fly or create stop motion effects.


Some of the ways I’ve used Vine

Share what your students are learning and experiencing in class                       

Students enjoying activities using fun equipment like the Omnikin ball

Highlight the experiences students have during field trips

Demonstrate my students using an iPad to learn skeletal bones

How we set-up our archery unit

Gr 8’s using the app Ubersense to analyze basketball form shooting

Students using glogster and comic life to create substance use and abuse information posters

Students using website to learn about binge drinking and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Students writing their quiz online using

Learning the names and locations of muscles using BBC website



Hashtags can be used on vine to group together similar vines. A great hashtag for science teachers is #6secscience. It is a collection of educators and students demonstrating science experiments.


Are you feeling overwhelmed! Watch this →Kids react to a Walkman


Here’s the link to the google document of this information that I supplied those that attended my session at the April 2014 MTS Awakening Possibilities Conference

Making a QR code crossword

I’ll be trying this!


If you have no idea what a QR code crossword actually is then follow the link to see a PE revision crossword I made recently for a GCSE class on 1.1.1-1.1.3. If you like the idea and wondered how to go about making one for yourself then this is the post for you!

To begin with let’s actually discus the QR code itself. A QR code is basically a 2 dimensional bar code. It was invented not for public consumption but as a stock control mechanism for a Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 but since then it’s popularity has been increasing and now you can see QR codes nearly everywhere you look, in magazines, newspapers, product boxes even in TV ads. They can now include colour and pictures, they can even be of different shapes. There are a few structures that you need to be aware of in a…

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5 great TED Talks for athletes

I’ll be using these TED Talks in my health classes.

TED Blog

484076hr The world of athletics is brutal. Athletes put themselves through grueling workout schedules and intense competitions, pushing their bodies and minds to the limit. But because part of being an athlete is constantly going up against (and sometimes with) faster, stronger and/or younger competitors, by far the hardest test any athlete faces is their internal struggle with themselves. It’s natural to question: Am I good enough? Can I keep going? Why am I doing this?

This series of moving and motivating talks reaches out to those athletes in pain, reminding you why you do what you do and illustrating that, whatever the excuse, it is no longer valid.

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Janine Shepherd: A broken body isn’t a broken person
In this talk from TEDxKC, Janine Shepherd will make you laugh and cry in the same sentence. Talking from experience, she highlights every athlete’s worst nightmare and biggest question: who am…

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What’s making athletes faster, better, stronger: David Epstein at TED2014

TED Blog

David Epstein. Photo: James Duncan Davidson David Epstein. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

The Olympic motto is “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or, in English, “Faster, higher, stronger.” And as sports science reporter David Epstein points out from the TED2014 stage, “Athletes have fulfilled that motto — and they’ve done so rapidly.”

Epstein investigates why it is that, year upon year, runners, swimmers, gymnasts, basketball players and so many others are able to push their sports to new levels. Epstein says that it comes down to three factors: changing technology, changing genes and changing mindsets.

Epstein, the author of the book The Sports Gene, starts by taking a look at runners. The winner of the 2012 Olympic marathon would have beat the winner of the marathon of the 1904 Olympic marathon by more than 1 hour and 20 minutes. Similarly, at last year’s World Championships, 100-meter-dasher Usain Bolt beat the world record set by Jesse Owens in 1936…

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