Thursday, April 23, 2009

PE's Unlikely Champion...

Why am I interested in improving physical education?  Two main reasons.  The first is professional.  I am very aware of the need for excellent, daily, active, fun PE and the long way we have to go to get there.  The second is personal, and that’s what I want to write about today. As a kid growing up in the 1950s and 1960s I enjoyed many of my PE experiences, but I also experienced just about every kind of “PE malpractice” you can think of.  I was often picked last for teams, running and pushups were used as punishment, we seemed to play dodge ball mainly to amuse PE teachers’ twisted sense of humor, and I spent countless hours “playing right field” but mainly looking for 4-leaf clovers.  In junior high and high school we played the same team sports each year, but I never really learned how to play them better.  I don’t remember doing any particular skill, exercise, or activity frequently enough to improve.  When we were active I had fun, and it was great being outside to escape classroom boredom, but I didn’t understand the point of it. 

When I understood the important role PE COULD play in getting children active and prepared for a lifetime of activity, I also became motivated to help kids avoid my negative experiences.  I have learned from Thom McKenzie, Paul Rosengard, and other visionaries and dedicated teachers and researchers that PE can be active, educational, and fun. 

When we designed the original SPARK study, our goal was to create and evaluate a program that could be a model of health-related PE used around the country.  Happily, that has come to pass in many ways.  The SPARK story, going from a modest research project to a program improving the lives of more than 1 million children per day, has certainly been my most gratifying professional experience.  I am grateful to the people who have worked at SPARK and the many around the nation who have adopted and implemented the program for all these years.  I am humbled to have played a role in this wonderful program that so many children learn from, benefit from, and enjoy every day.  It has been a long way from my inauspicious start in PE. 

Jim Sallis


Oracle said...

Jim, you truly have helped shape a program that encourages millions of kids to enjoy movement in a manner that allows all children to feel successful. You have also provided a number of jobs. Great that you have found a silver lining in your experience as a right field clove picker!

Kyle In IL said...

I agree! You helped developed a curriculum/program that changed the face of PE! I hope a lot of schools pick this up! I have seen great things using SPARK!!

Anonymous said...


מלון [url=]כפר בעיר[/url] - שירות חדרים אנו מציעים שירותי אירוח מגוונים גם יש במקום שירות חדרים הכולל [url=]אחרוחות רומנטיות[/url] במחירים מיוחדים אשר יוגשו ישירות לחדרכם!

לפרטים נוספים נא לפנות לעמוד המלון - [url=]כפר בעיר[/url] [url=][img][/img][/url]

Anonymous said...

Good day!
My name is Tom, I live in Fort Worth, TX.

I am here to network / interact with other people for sharing knowledge, discussing ideas, seeking advice, find business partners & the like.

Take care!

Anonymous said...

Since this kind of business on the web grow rapidly, it attracts also some abusive individuals taking advantage of you. Remember that this is online, we do not know how reliable these sports betting websites. One way to determine the reliability of sports betting website is to join forums where you can inquire some of the details of this website. And the best one is to make sure that this sports betting website is registered in the where it operates. [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]apuestas[/url] [url=]jouer en ligne[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] [url=]bet online[/url] It is estimated that over 100 million Americans wager about $100 billion on sporting events every year. What are you missing out on? Many people enjoy betting on sports but not everyone can compete at a high level. It all adds up to taking risks and how much you are willing to give in order to gain. Today, the stakes are not as high as they used to be, but that action has evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry. You can wager with money and when you win, you still get that tremendous rush.

Anonymous said...

Winning at online casinos is possible for anybody who is willing to put the time in. Unfortunately, a lot of people are looking for a get rich quick scheme, so they start to place bets without doing the proper amount of research. When you know what is going on at a internet casino you immediately increase your chance of success. And if you can couple this with a bit of strategy and know how, you will be well on your way to winning money. Just remember, the more you know the more you will win.
[url=]casino[/url] casino Internet casinos offer the same games you can find at land casinos, including but not limited to; baccarat, blackjack, craps, roulette, slot machines, and video poker. Some only focus on one or two games, and some offer other games. Whichever you want to play, search around to find the best for your needs.
[url=]casino[/url] casino Of course, when you play in a casino, you have a basic understanding that the house almost always wins. This also applies in online casinos. So make sure that you go slowly on transferring money, since online casino, just like traditional casinos, can become quite addictive. [url=]online casino[/url] casino [url=]casino affiliate program[/url] In bingo, each player will get a sheet, which has six cards with a total of 90 numbers. [url=]bingo[/url] [url=]bingo[/url] bingo bingo Your aim would be to cover the prescribed pattern with the bingo letters, by coordinating the letters and numbers called. The patterns can be anything like, u shape, t shape, etc, though it usually is horizontal or vertical. As soon as you get the pattern, you should shout bingo and you get the prize. In case there are others who shouted at the same time as you, the prize will be shared among all winners. [url=]phentermine[/url] buy phentermine

Anonymous said...

If you want to have the highest chances of winning, you surely need to have a good guide to football betting. Most of these guides come with methods that can help you determine the ‘would be’ winning team by gambling on the online bookmakers. Such guides also offers software to make your betting needs much easier. In addition it is also seen that some soccer betting guides also assist bettors, maintaining a track of their bids. nfl betting baseball betting basketball betting boxing betting cricket betting darts betting football betting golf betting handball betting hockey betting rugby betting snooker betting tennis betting Sportsbook betting volume differs all through the year. Patrons have more attention in certain types of sports, thus a raise in wagered money is apparent when those sports are in time. Some major sporting events that don't follow a certain schedule, like boxing, can create peaks of activity for sportsbooks all through the year. Football is the most admired sport of bet on today. [url=]nfl betting[/url] [url=]baseball betting[/url] [url=]basketball betting[/url] [url=]boxing betting[/url] [url=]cricket betting[/url] [url=]darts betting[/url] [url=]football betting[/url] [url=]golf betting[/url] [url=]handball betting[/url] [url=]hockey betting[/url] [url=]rugby betting[/url] [url=]snooker betting[/url] [url=]tennis betting[/url] Learning the ways bookmakers can think and operate can help a lot to make long term benefits from soccer betting. Lay betting is one the crucial business of the bookmakers and gives them the opportunity to make millions profit yearly. Here you can find some useful tips to make your football betting more interesting and monetary.