Welcome Panthers to Physical Education!
The PE Mission...
My mission for the students of Ponderosa is offer a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and teaches our students to be healthy and active for a lifetime. I closely follow the Colorado Academic Comprehensive Standards in Physical Education and Health, as well as, the National Standards for Physical Education.
Hi Panthers! I'm Mrs. Weeks, the Physical Education teacher. I have been teaching P.E. for 19 years, 15 of those years here at Ponderosa Elementary. I was born and raised right here in Colorado! I'm what they call a TRUE 5th Generation Colorado Native which is rare. I love teaching students and adults how to stay healthy and strong for a Lifetime. I also enjoy teaching and coaching swimming. I am looking forward to a GREAT year in PE!
What Have We Been Learning:
Here is what we are working on right now in P.E.
Don't forget to wear your tennis shoes on P.E. days! For your safety and comfort it is important to wear tennis shoes. If you would like to wear other shoes on P.E. days, pack your tennis shoes in your backpack and change into them before coming to P.E.
The Walking Classroom
The Program, in Brief
The methodology behind The Walking Classroom is that students listen to curriculum-related podcasts on individual headsets while taking walks in a group. Some example lessons we might learn about are Meteorology, George Washington Carver, Continental Divide, The Gold Rush, The Civil War, Currants and Tides, How Taxes Work and many more. All students will listen to the same podcast at the same time, and after our energizing walk, we come back to the gym and discuss and synthesize what we learned while walking.
The World is Flatter and, Unfortunately Fatter
For a student to be competitively literate in the 21st Century, a multitude of competencies are required. Strong reading and writing skills remain the core of literacy, and The Walking Classroom provides additional tools to reach students with different learning styles while improving student health. This regimen will enrich students’ lives by building focused listening stamina while integrating technology and exercise as educational tools into existing curriculum.
A Sound Mind in a Sound Body
Additionally, the research is indisputable that there is a direct correlation between a student’s physical activity and academic achievement. Dr. John J. Ratey of Harvard Medical School states that exercise puts the brain in am optimal position to learn, improve attention, and reduce stress and anxiety. Additional research published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology showed that “…children who get good marks on two measures of physical fitness—those that gage aerobic fitness and body-mass index—tend also to have higher scores on state or socioeconomic differences.”
For more information from Dr. Ratey, take a look at http://tinyurl.com/ratey-on-tv
Ideally, exercising will become an enjoyable habit with the students and they will choose to continue a regular regimen throughout the rest of their lives.
Ponderosa PRIDE in PE
If I'm showing PRIDE I am:
ALWAYS FOLLOW THE PAWS!
Ponderosa Fitness Days!
There will be days in PE and other Integrated Arts classes that our students will participate in what we call Ponderosa Fitness Days! We are supporting Cherry Creek's Wellness Program as well as HB 11-1069. On these days we exercise with different workout and fitness videos. Students are encouraged to wear clothing that allows for movement and keeps them cool (ex. shorts, t-shirts, jogging pants, etc.). Most importantly they need to wear tennis shoes for safety and comfort. They may also bring a Water Bottle filled with only water. Many of the videos we exercise with are available at stores like Target and Walmart or online at Amazon.com if you are interested in buying them for a family workout time. Please see Mrs. Weeks with any questions about our videos or Ponderosa Fitness Days!
Ponderosa Field Day is Coming!
Please dress appropriately for the day. Sunscreen, hats, water bottles, etc. You don’t want to be showing up in their Sunday best that day.
Please remember that good sportsmanship, teamwork, cheering each other on and respecting each individual’s abilities are all apart of Field Day. They should be following our Ponderosa Pride Code of Conduct: Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful. Remember To Always Follow The PAWS!
We are looking forward to another WONDERFUL Field Day! Parents please feel free to come join us and participate with your child in Field Day!
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Remember to EXERCISE everyday, eat healthy foods and snacks and find time as a family to be ACTIVE!!! Please check back for more information and tips.
Cherry Creek District Physical Education/Health News:
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