When educator Cathie Summerford started teaching sixth-graders in 1993, she wanted to create an interdisciplinary physical education program—one that builds healthy minds as well as bodies and prepares children for a lifetime of wellness and fitness. She broke new ground with a theme-based approach to physical education that children and teachers love.
In PE-4-ME: Teaching Lifelong Health and Fitness, you’ll find Cathie’s blueprint for a unique K-12 program that integrates physical activity with movement concepts, social skills, stress reduction, nutrition, school safety, and drug resistance education. Cathie stresses brain-compatible learning - the ability of physical activity to enhance cognitive function - in all of her lessons to maximize the benefits of her integrated approach.
This valuable resource spells out a yearlong plan that is fun-filled, action-packed, and easy to implement. It’s built around weekly themes that help you organize and present key health and fitness concepts.
Each theme is reinforced by fun and inclusive movement activities-140 in all—that wake up children who’ve grown tired of repetitious games. These class-tested games emphasize cooperative skills and are designed so that students at any fitness level can participate—and succeed.
Inside you’ll find many valuable teaching tools:
140 field-tested games that emphasize positive attitude and teamwork, including the aerobic conga line, whistle mixer, warp speed group juggle, and others
The Kids’ Radical Wellness Book—Reproducibles to help each child assemble a personal wellness portfolio as the year progresses
Creating the “Classroom on the Field”—Great advice on creating a captivating class environment, even if all you have is a gymnasium or grassy fields
What’s more, you’ll gain dozens of helpful tips for putting it all together to create a meaningful program that teaches children important skills they will benefit from throughout their lives.
Part 1. Teaching Radical Wellness
Chapter 1. Learning for the Brain and the Body Chapter 2. Teaching in Thematic Units Chapter 3. Creating the Classroom on the Field Chapter 4. Managing the Classroom Chapter 5. Putting It Together: The Teacher's Game Plan
Part II. Movement Activities
Part III. The Kids' Radical Wellness Book
About the Author
Reference for elementary, middle, and high school physical education teachers; administrators; and directors.
Cathie Summerford has plenty of real-world experience, having taught physical education at Apple Valley Middle School in Apple Valley, CA, since 1993. She also has served as an adapted physical education specialist at Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA, since 1994.
Recognized as an expert in her field, Cathie was named the 1997 California School Boards Association's Golden Bell Award Winner, an honor made sweeter by the fact that hers was the only physical education program recognized in California. Cathie also was named the 1999 Outstanding Middle School Physical Educator of the Year for California and won the 1994 Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award for Apple Valley Unified School District. Cathie was also honored as the NASPE 2000 Southwest District Teacher of the Year.
Cathie is a popular public speaker who is frequently invited to share her “active living approach” to physical education at conferences and workshops. Widely published in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and other journals, Cathie is a relentless innovator who continually created opportunities for her students to achieve.
Cathie began her coursework in physical education at San Diego State University and received her bachelor's degree from California State University at Fresno in 1991. She also earned two credentials at Fresno State, including adapted physical education specialist. In January 2000 she received her master level certification as a Jensen Learning brain-compatible trainer.
The book is packed with ways that involvement, movement, energizers and games can make learning come alive. This is a gem of a book, packed with ideas and activities you can use immediately. Highly recommended!" --Eric Jensen, president Author of Brain-Based Teaching and Teaching with the Brain in Mind