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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Physical Literacy: Why Our Kids Need It & How They Can Get It

A nationwide movement shows why so many children exercise so little while an elite few become carried away with sport-specific training.  Although this article requires a subscription, the essence is that despite great sports programs, the majority of children don't get enough exercise (#physicalliteracy) and gross motor skill development. For some reason, we tend to exclude those who don't have the requisite skills to compete athletically which sends the wrong message. My cousin (Philip Yang of Yamaji Dojo) has a great solution by accepting all those interested. Read what he recently posted to his Facebook Group:

215 is my new favorite number... the number of members who joined our club this month. 
Jujutsu does not weed out the weak, the less talented or those with a less competitive nature. Because the weak will become strong, the less talented will aquire skills and all will become confident. Jujutsu only weeds out those who stop training.

215 is my new favorite number... the number of members who joined our club this month. Jujutsu does not weed out the...
Posted by Yamaji Dojo on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Net Neutrality Countdown - Please Retweet

Be sure to let your followers, friends, and politicians know about the important FCC vote in 9 days. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

Go to the main Battle for Net Neutrality site for some simple links to tweet to politicians and business figures.

Monday, May 5, 2014

#opheaPLAY Photo each day for Month of May

Join PE, Health and Fitness professionals around the world to celebrate OPHEA & National Sport and PE month and tweet a picture that goes along with each daily theme with the hashtag #opheaPLAY. Here are my Tweeted photos so far...

1. Enjoyment
2. Physical Activity
3. Equipment
4. Sports
5. Territory
6. Motion
7. Manipulation
8. Play
9. Target
10. Mental Health
11. Fun
12. Spirit
13. Stability
14. Communication
15. Relationships
16. Personal Safety
17. Jump
18. Dance
19. Bounce
20. Gravity
21. Physical Fitness
22. Locomotion
23. Critical Thinking
24. Internet Safety
26. Healthy Choices
27. Run
28. Relaxation
29. Healthy Eating
30. Striking/Fielding
31. Healthy School/Workplace

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Friday, April 25, 2014

What does your Twitter Chatter Say About You - is a great infographic creation tool you can use to see what you tweet about and to whom you tweet the most. What does yours look like? There are other tools out there that can analyze your tweets and connections, one of my favorites was Vizify but it was acquired by Yahoo and then shut down. No word on whether it will see the light of day under the the Yahoo banner of products and services.

Monday, March 31, 2014

U.S. Education vs. The World

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This is an old link and was in draft status, but it's a great looking #infographic. U.S. Education vs. The World is a very cool infographic from MAT@USC.  You can imagine this data as a boring series of bar charts in an academic report, but the colorful, visual design here is fantastic.  The winding connecting lines can make it a little difficult for the reader to understand the data, but I think it also draws the reader in like a simple puzzle.

We’ve put together this infographic that compares the United States’ education spend and performance versus eleven countries.  The U.S. is the clear leader in total annual spending, but ranks 9th in Science performance and 10th in Math.

Thanks to Sarah for sending in the link!


Weight of The Nation HBO Series Must Watch

Even if you're not in health or education, you must watch Weight of the Nation from HBO and NIH/CDC. Happy #ntaahperd

Friday, March 21, 2014

More Attention Problems During Childhood Predict Poorer Executive Functioning in Late Adolescence

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Having attention problems as a young child predicted later difficulties with response inhibition in adolescence. As educators, its really important to establish clear and effective behavior management strategies and classroom/gym rules. Helping young children especially with inattention, disorganization, impulsivity, and hyperactivity at a young age might help offset or reduce lower executive function scores as adolescents. I would love to know what more about intervention studies run and their long-term impact on executive function levels.
Attention problems (behavior problems including inattention, disorganization, impulsivity, and hyperactivity) are widely thought to reflect deficits in executive functions (EFs). However, it is unclear whether attention problems differentially relate to distinct EFs and how developmental stability and change predict levels of EFs in late adolescence. We investigated, in an unselected sample, how teacher-rated attention problems from ages 7 to 14 years related to three correlated but separable EFs, measured as latent variables at age 17. Attention problems at all ages significantly predicted later levels of response inhibition and working memory updating, and to some extent set shifting; the relation to inhibiting was stronger than the relations to the other EFs or IQ. Growth models indicated that attention problems were quite stable in this age range, and it was the initial levels of problems, rather than their changes across time, that predicted later EFs. These results support the hypothesis that attention problems primarily reflect difficulties with response inhibition.

Greater Attention Problems During Childhood Predict Poorer Executive Functioning in Late Adolescence
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Calling All School Leaders! Professional Development Matters!

For high quality 21st century school leaders, the focus should be on using research-based practices to assist learning, thinking, and applying for teachers and students. If you are a school leader or an instructional coach, Chris Atkinson recommends Doug Reeve’s book: Transforming Professional Development Into Student Results. where he presents his “Leadership and Learning Matrix”. What have you done to improve your learning, teaching, and understanding? Have you been a lifelong learner?

Read all the details here: Calling All School Leaders! Professional Development Matters; Don’t Rely On Luck!
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

How Much Exercise Does Your State Get?

How active is your state? See where you stack up with the rest of the country then see what you can do to make your community and state more active.
  • Alabama: 47.5
  • Alaska: 60.1
  • Arizona: 53.3
  • Arkansas: 52.5
  • California: 55.1
  • Colorado: 59.8
  • Connecticut: 54.2
  • Delaware: 46.5
  • Florida: 53.5
  • Georgia: 51.4
  • Hawaii: 62.2
  • Idaho: 57.7
  • Illinois: 51.2
  • Indiana: 49.4
  • Iowa: 53.1
  • Kansas: 52.3
  • Kentucky: 50.5
  • Louisiana: 50.5
  • Maine: 55.3
  • Maryland: 50.1
  • Massachusetts: 52.9
  • Michigan: 50.9
  • Minnesota: 55.7
  • Mississippi: 50.1
  • Missouri: 51.7
  • Montana: 60.1
  • Nation: 51.6
  • Nebraska: 56.3
  • Nevada: 54.5
  • New Hampshire: 53.9
  • New Jersey: 47.7
  • New Mexico: 57.4
  • New York: 49.3
  • North Carolina: 51.7
  • North Dakota: 56.0
  • Ohio: 49.3
  • Oklahoma: 50.7
  • Oregon: 58.0
  • Pennsylvania: 50.4
  • Rhode Island: 48.2
  • South Carolina: 49.7
  • South Dakota: 51.8
  • Tennessee: 49.2
  • Texas: 52.2
  • Utah: 53.9
  • Vermont: 65.3
  • Virginia: 52.0
  • Washington: 55.7
  • West Virginia: 47.1
  • Wisconsin: 53.9
  • Wyoming: 54.2

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Happy International Day of Happiness PE Rockstars

Celebrate International Day of Happiness with the world tomorrow as you hum and dance to Pharrell Williams song "Happy".  Be sure to check out our #Physed Flipboard for more articles and news that impact Physical Educaion, #pechat, and #pegeeks.

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