by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer
This article is available on the main page of our website. It is filled with ideas for indoor recess such as brain breaks, calming activities, energizers to get students up and moving, and stories in motion from Iowa Department of Education.

There are really 10 sets of activities for indoor recess and Physical Education.  You can get to our website at:        Fill in the popup box and downl…
Ten markings for teaching physical education or recess.  Game Markings include Ladder, Vari-Beam, Block Walk, Midline and Crossover Walking Grids, Beam, Hopscotch, Beanbag Toss, Alphabet and Number Grids. Please note-  Stencils are full size and made of paper to keep costs down. All stencils arrive complete with full game rules and lots of activity suggestions. Physical Education Roll Out Stencil Set Game Markings from P.E. Stencil Set

Number g…

10 Rainy Day Activities for Indoor Recess and Physical Education.

This blog post is written by Paul Rosengard consultant to the Peaceful Playgrounds Foundation.  Follow Paul at  @paulrosengard

Today's physical education teachers, youth leaders, coaches and parents are so lucky!

Before and after I began teaching/coaching in the 70's, I would have to drive to a library to view the only resources available to me at the time, books and magazines. Navigating my way through the Dewey decimal system, I'd …
A special Welcome to Guest Blogger Paul Rosengard.......

A Walk Down Memory Lane...

One of the nice things about getting older (yes, there are some positives...) is recalling the days when physical education (PE) teachers like myself smiled crookedly when asked about anything outside our locus of control (i.e., the gym and fields). We were so busy trying to do our jobs well: teach multiple classes at various grade levels, coach teams after school …
By Carrie Flint- Peaceful Playgrounds Master Trainer

Get’em UP! MOVING & LEARNING! Teaching Tips
This CD was created for the classroom teacher.  My objective was to provide activities that tell the students exactly what to do. In addition, the length of each song is as close to 3 minutes as possible.  In my teacher trainings, I have discovered that that 3 minutes was “doable” for the teacher to implement.  However, as a physical educa…
Lawsuit agreement to force schools to provide physical education

Agreement reached in Cal200 lawsuit.

 Read the result here:

Need a solution to a more productive and educational Physical Education Program?

Fundamental Movement  Program is a school PE program for preschool
and primary children. It is a complete curriculum from whi…
Is physical education in a "sorry" state as suggested in the infographic above?  I'll let you decide.

So what do you think?
Naperville, IL first period programming  leads to increased academic performance through physical activity  in physical education classes.

This short video speaks to the physical education course  activities, as well as, Brain Breaks within the math and language classes.

View a short news reports on the program.
 Additional information about the program.

What some brain break ideas?
Theme Brain Breaks :  Peaceful Playgrounds Activity CardsPeac…
You Get What You Get

I stumbled upon this great blog.  It is full of saying that can be used to decorate a bulletin board or post for motivation.  The Blog is Technology Rocks written by Shannon.   Lots of free posters to download like this one.

This poster seems especially appropriate for physical education when students are givena piece of equipment.

Free Playground Resources
Peaceful Playgrounds
School Playground Report
Position Statement of Do…
Then National Gathering of the Best of the Best in Physical Education!

One of the premier events for the Physical Education community is the National Physical Education Institute.  It is where the leaders go to :

Learn about new tools, strategies, and information on how to develop a K-12 curriculum aligned with student assessment. 

By attending this conference you will:
• Gain valuable insight as how to align the written, taught, and tested curr…
This is a fun activity for the month of October to get a little movement into your lessons.  Kids love it! 

Musical PE Plus is another website with lots of PE activities using theme music for the holidays.  Plus it is the website of our Master Trainer, Carrie Flint.
U.S. Department of Education  Awards Nearly $32 Million  to Local Education Agencies and  Community-Based Organizations  for Nutrition and Physical Education September 30, 2013
Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576,

Today, the U.S. Department of Education awarded 60 grants totaling nearly $32 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) under the Carol M. White Physical Edu…
Advocating for quality health and physical education programs for every child in America just got a whole lot easier!  The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), partnering with Soft Edge, is thrilled to offer new and enhanced advocacy tools to members and anyone committed to children’s health.

Take a look at AAHPERD’s new advocacy webpage - AAHPERD Take Action - view key issues AAHPERD is monitori…
Results of the 2012 SHPPS released. Information on PE, Health, Recess, Physical Activity, Standards, etc.
National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education

The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

To pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity, a physically literate individual:

*   Has learned the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.

*   Knows the implicati…
This message is being forwarded by the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH), NCCDPHP, CDC, on behalf of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO). Visit the DASH Web site at and the DNPAO Web site at
Subject: CDC Overweight and Obesity (Nutrition and Physical Activity) Update: Team Up to Improve Physical Activity in Schools
Did you …
Small steps matter.

Small steps can bring about positive effects on your brain—without an Olympic effort. How? Walking. A new study indicates that adult seniors who walked three or more times a week resulted in brain growth which enhanced memory.

So now we know. Exercise isn't only good for kids but results in similar benefits for young and old alike. Get walking.
CBS in Canada ran a 19 minute documentary on an alternative high school and their exercise program based on Dr. John Raney's SPARK book and research known as Brain Gain Theory.

New research and pilot fitness programs in schools are showing positive results that exercise helps the human brain learn.

Video: Brain Gains
(photo from campaign media kit)

A former science and world history teacher was sworn in as the 27th state superintendent of public instruction Monday. Tom Torlakson, took his oath of office in the high school where he once taught high school science and history.

During his tenure in the CA Legislature, he acted to protect education funding, improve student nutrition and physical education, and ensure school safety. He carried notable new legisl…