MS All Star 2010

Adrian Dodson

Teaching Philosophy, Program and Activities

Adrian Dodson's Teaching Philosophy

I am a huge believer in modeling desired behaviors for my students.  A Physical Education teacher, who doesn’t love health and fitness, is comparable to a math teacher wearing a t-shirt with “I HATE MATH!” pasted across the chest! 

Like it or not, the schools P.E. teacher is generally the most respected and admired teacher in the building.  I strive to exhibit and model the same healthy lifestyles that I preach to the students at Pass Road Elementary.  This is a belief which I take very serious, and I feel, must be uncompromised.

My philosophy for class is simple: MAKE ALL THE DRILLS, GAMES, FITNESS TESTS, AND ACTIVITIES ADAPTABLE SO THAT EACH PARTICIPANT CAN ENJOY SOME DEGREE OF SUCCESS!  For example, our pull-up standards are as follows: Regular chin-ups, assisted chin ups, modified pull-ups, chin hangs, or just hanging straight armed from the bar.  Every child can have a standard for betterment which is tracked and logged on a personal profile sheet.  I feel competition is vital for success, whether it be competing against every student in their same grade across the district, every student from their school, or just themselves.  Pass Road Elementary has piloted many measurable fitness tests that are adapted throughout the district, as well as the state.  We are VERY proud of that!

With that said, I must also include how acquiring the PFA grant has taken our program to an even new and higher level!  The support and communication from all staff was unbelievable and the equipment was first class, making it an easy sell. After a visit from Steve Cox, I of course jumped on board with both feet!  The PFA believes go hand in hand with mine, and our school and staff totally bought in to the system.  I feel we have improved the quality of our students life’s tenfold since receiving the grant.

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How the PFA Programs Work at Pass Road Elementary

 I have incorporated many aspects and ideas from PFA activities, even ones that are not core PFA lessons.  I found interchangeable nuances in many of the games and activities we have previously used.  This marriage of ideas only brought the excitement level and vigorous competition between students to an even more dramatic fervor!  The chart and challenges motivate students as nothing else does, as I am sure they would rather hear their named called on the morning announcements, or see it posted on the hallway board than eat!  Our principal and staff reinforce this idea as well, hyping up the various levels of greatness, All-District, All-American, KONG and the highly sought after SUPER-KONG KID!

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Lesson Plans

Bones-n-bills

Equipment needed

  • 3 PFA Hula hoops with a deck of cards and 2 dice inside each one
  • A complete set of bones and at least 20 dollars in PFA money for  
    each hoop.

Procedures

I divide students into 2 main teams and put a colored cone representing each team at opposite ends of the gym.  I generally  use 3 hoops per 30 students, breaking into 2 teams of 15.  At the beginning, students from each squad run to face each other at a hoop. The first challenge is rock paper scissors, followed by a dice roll for largest number (or for older classes whoever  multiplies the numbers 2gether first). If both students have won a challenge, a card is picked and high card wins, giving 1 student 2 wins. The winner gets to bring a bone and a bill back to their team. The first group to bank 20.00 and a complete skeleton wins. They get to watch the losing team perform a physical challenge.

Rules

I have found that the winning team usually wants to perform the physical challenge with the losing team, so I encourage them to do so. I have the teams meet at half court after the challenge to shake hands and cease all teasing and kidding about being victorious.

Hot Seat Basketball

(Grades 3-5)

Equipment

  • 2 basketball goals and a basketball
  • 5 PFA Heavy hula hoops
  • a sit-up mat for each team
  • dot drill mats for each team
  • PFA jump ropes
  • a weighted stick or dumbbells for each team

Stations

  • teams are divided into 4 or 5 players and assigned spots around a  full court gym
  • two teams begin playing a game of basketball using the entire court
  • one area is designated as the hot seat, this is where the the team who will run onto the court and play the winner of the game is seated. This is the only station allowed to sit while the game is being played.
  • the team who scores a basket wins the game and stays on the court. The losing team must run back to their area and perform a complete rotation of the hula for 30 secs, 30 sit-ups, 30 up and backs on dot drill, 30 secs of jump roping and 30 reps of military  presses with weight stick or dumbbells Other exercises can be added or substituted.

Procedure

The game is a non stop action and fun filled cardio workout. The  team who scores in their basket immediately takes the ball   inbounds going the opposite direction to the other goal.  The team  on the hotseat must run on the court quickly and defend that goal before previous winning team scores. When one team is defeated,  they run off and begin workouts. The hot seat area is the only  place where students may sit and rest, paying strict attention to the game. The rules of basketball must be followed and enforced.
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