I learned so much from this course and it got me thinking about ways I can improve my classroom when I return to teaching. I would love to eventually apply gamification in a huge way such by incorporating it into the entire class throughout the year. I also am no longer intimidated by gamification (I was a little at first) and realize it is something I can definitely do to improve my teaching and make learning enjoyable for my students.
This class was awesome. I love that the main assignment was creating a project that I can now implement with my classes. And not only did I create a project, the project is likely to be successful from the start because I received feedback from an expert before I even tried it for the first time. Feel like the chances for successful PBL implementation are super high after this course!
I was very impressed with this class. The instructor gave me valuable feedback to reflect on. Her advice made a huge difference to how I will approach teaching P.E. I cannot recommend this class enough!
The My Favorite Apps in PE is a great course that will help you to modernize your use of technology in your P.E. classes. Brandon N.
I liked the Plickers course because it was easy to understand. I could get it done rather quickly. I could do it on a weekend and use the information on Monday. Thank you for such a great coarse. Theresa Long
Nowadays, during physical education classes, teaching in limited space has become common in many schools. It would be beneficial to all physical education teachers to take this course, especially if it's your first year, because it can help you out a great deal. The course has taught me so much and now I feel more confident to teach in any type of limited space situation. Irene D.
This course was very informative
This class was very informative and filled with useful tools I put into practice within minutes. You can move along at your own pace, from any device, at home or at work. Also, although I was already using some of the apps covered, I learned new ways to use them and/or capabilities of the apps I was unaware of. It’s a great value for PD credits, the information and the knowledge gained to become a more effective and efficient teacher. I highly recommend it!
If you want to add more technology to your PE lessons then this is the PD for you! Matt Witte
This is a great way to get all students in PE involved and excited about exercise and sport. I came away from the course with great resources, lesson plans, and assessments. D.Reynolds
My instructor was very knowledgable of the work. I am currently taking a Reading Comprehension Instruction class for professional credits on my license and was very excited to find that this course was aligned with that class. I feel more confident as a teacher now that I have the resources from this course.
Charles gave many suggestions to teaching in limited spaces. He opened my eyes to what I have been doing, and the many new ideas I can be doing. Eileen D.
I recently complete the PE Central online course on Gamification with Mike Ginicola. The course blew my expectations away. I now feel very confident creating lessons and games using the gamification strategies explored during this course. I would recommend any Phys Ed teachers interested in gamification to take this course! Thank you, Kyle T.
I enjoyed the Professional development course. I was able to take the class and turn in assignments over a weekend. I can't wait to plan and present the information to my students. I think his class will wake up a stale lesson plan! Glad I found it. L Griffin
Great training. It gives an introduction to teaching yoga as well as the physiology piece, giving background knowledge necessary to safely teach and perform the poses. -Kate Sargent
I was very skeptical of taking any of these online courses and wasn't sure what to expect. I am so excited that I decided to follow through. I like the ease of being able to work at my own pace to get the work completed. Julie Stevens
I highly recommend this course (Teaching Games for Understanding). I've been teaching P.E. for almost 20 years and have struggled w/how to break down the tactical concepts for overeager middle schoolers! This model is perfect for just that.
This course helped me to examine, evaluate, and analyze my PE program to ensure that my students are getting the best learning experience. Reviewing appropriate protocols helped me to tweak a few routine things in order to make sure I'm meeting all students' needs in PE. What I noticed as I read articles,watched videos, and responded to thought provoking questions was that I was not maximizing total activity time during my class time of 55 minutes. I received great suggestions on how to make that happen from my instructor. Thank you PE Central for offering this great course so I can continue to grow as a productive PE instructor.
This course does give a different perspective than just the traditional physical education curriculum. Janet M.
This was a great way to obtain meaningful professional development on a schedule that worked for me. I definitely will take more courses during the school year. Thank you Ellen Wyse Boston Public Schools
Good information and assessments that I will use in class.
Finally found a place to get some professional development in the PE area. Wish I had know about this earlier in my career! Cindy N
Some of the statistical information was a bit confusing but overall very helpful. Thank you!
Sharon Boudreaux This course has elements that will work so well with my students. We are not allowed to play dodgeball which gives throwing, dodging, and accuracy skills but with this course I am able to use those skills in a different way. I found this course very beneficial and easy to work through.
I think this course is very valuable for any Physical Educator who has to plan a field day!! A. Branch
This course was beneficial to me. I will be able to take the sample lessons and incorporate them into my own. Neil P.
As professionals, we wear many hats in the teaching community. It's easy to lose sight of what's most important because we're so busy. However, students deserve to know more, be involved more and have a greater understanding of their own learning. TGFU creates a platform for this.
I am very excited to use these activities in my classroom. I am going to have my students create them as well.
The TGFU is a valuable tool that provides to us as teachers an opportunity to open our mind which can improve our knowledge in a variety learning areas; also it provide a new structure to develop creative lessons for our pupils. In my opinion this kind of approach should be encouraged by the schools as part of professional development.
Scott M enjoyed the course and thought that it was very helpful
This course has really opened my eyes to a wide range of physical education activities I can utilize in my classroom.
This was way beyond what I expected. I finally found an online course that was well explained and it can truly be called a professional development! Loved it.
This class came at a great time as I was transitioning to teaching in a classroom. I have used plenty of ideas to make the classroom an active and safe place to learn and move. Paul R.
It would be a great course for beginning teachers, or someone who is in college to understand the struggles, but if you can't teach in limited spaces there isn't much help.
First online course I've taken! Loved it! Chris E.
Bonnie L. I am a seasoned elementary classroom teacher well up until this past school year. I am now a "new" middle school teacher, teaching PE. This course was a great course to help me understand and plan for limited space and provided a lot of "food for thought" in my new arena :)
Teaching Games for Understanding offers an alternative method for all levels, from the most athletic to the not-so-much into sports, to become active, more competent and more competitive in sports. Tiffany
The course was very helpful in a time when space for physical activity is limited. The instructor gave great examples on how to utilize space and provided information on how to make lessons interesting and fun. It is a course that I recommend for any PE teacher no matter where you are at in your career. Roger Austin West Perry High School Penna.
Written assessment in Physical Education classes should be a must. This course helped me write better assessments for my students. Pamela N.
This course was great especially for teachers who struggle with teaching in limited space, both indoor and outdoor. The instructor was quick to give feedback and the course was finished at your own pace. I am certainly glad I took this course, and will definitely be taking another one of his courses. Meghan D.
The TGFU course is definitely worth taking, its a different way of thinking about how we teach than most of us have experienced. Rob P.
An excellent programme – I learnt a lot. I am inspired to rethink the way I assess my students in PE. A very high pedagogical standard. Well done!
Even veteran teachers can be inspired by this course! We must remember that no matter our circumstances our students deserve our best all the time! Many creative activities are included to use in limited space. -Carol S.
As a first year teacher, the information I learned in this course was very valuable. I enjoyed the course work but learned as much from teacher feedback.
This course would be very helpful to any PE teacher or activities coordinator who has lack of space issues. The resources are particularly useful. I would recommend this course. Ryan Henderson Health & PE Mowrey Elementary
This course helped to get me excited about using assessments in PE. I talk to students all the time about the importance of the process, not necessarily the outcome. Using assessments help reinforce this concept. It helps the students to understand the importance of following directions, listening carefully, and staying on task.-Meghan W
This is a good way to introduce yourself to the idea of the TGFU model. A starting point from which you can build to produce a meaningful experience in P.E. for today's students. Michael Walsh
This course has excellent resources to help integrate literacy into Physical Education classes. The instructor is very knowledgeable and provide wonderful information to use in classes. Pamela N. (MN)
The rubric development course was appropriate and meaningful to the field of physical education!
Very helpful class with information that I can really use in my PE class. Many of my autistic students come to my class with their daily schedules so I was familiar with the concept. However, I had never tried using my own visual supports that would be just for PE activities. I enjoyed learning about the different types of visual supports and am excited about trying them with some of my students. Very helpful instructor also! Carol S.
Taking this course I became aware of all of the different types of PE related material is on the web. The course provides a simple way to discern the good from the bad. I especially liked the large list of web-sites that were fun and easy to look into.This course puts a shine on my professionalism as a teacher.
This course helped me to see that assessments in Physical Education don't need to be extensive. They can be short and simple and still provide a great deal of information to help structure your program. Nicole Z.
This course was a great review of material that I had in college, but needed to sharpen. It also provided a significant amount of new information and material that I will use to prepare for the challenges of day to day planning and assessment. Thank you! Mary Beth Myers
Great reading material; help identify the use of content referenced testing in adapted PE and aspects in a situation for educational decision making.
Sue H. This was a very useful course that was reasonably priced for the 12 hours of professional development that I received. I came away from the course with an assessment document that I will use in my classroom for the years to come. Dave offered knowledgeable feedback that I appreciated; I really enjoyed this course.
I think this course was very relevant for PE teachers who are currently teaching in any grade at any level. Making assessment sheets for our classrooms are a great way to check for students comprehension of what we are teaching
This was a great course and I would recommend it to other teachers. This is great for someone like myself who has no experience teaching but experience working with kids.
This course helps in the assessment of student in the Physical Education setting during the whole entire unit. The importance of quality assessments validates Physical Education as a major part of a students well rounded education Dan Rayome
The Criteria was very informal and educational. I enjoyed this particular course.
This was well developed and paced with opportunities to check for understanding and resources to support professional needs. Michelle F.
This course assisted me tremendously with assessing elementary physical education students. Thank you! Eileen D.
This course was an excellent resource in understanding what is needed to know and understand while developing assessments for Adapted PE. It was also very useful in understanding the information for participating in IEP meeting in order to advocate for my PE program and for my students. Very user friendly and convenient!
This course provides clear lesson plans that can be used in elementary P.E. classes for all grades. It was easy to understand and the instructor was prompt with responses. I plan to take future courses with PECentral. Tristan I.