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What’s The Best Way To Refresh Post-workout? Coconut Water or Sports Drinks?

July 30, 2015
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What’s the Best Way To Refresh Post-Workout- Coconut Water vs. Gatorade vs. Powerade? This is a guest post by Shannon White, the choreographer of the MECKids Dream Team. The “New” Kid in Town                                    Before you divorce your favorite sports drink for nature’s alternative, ask yourself if you’ve tried to work it out. Let’s take a moment to make sure this is the right decision. Rehydration after a strenuous activity (like playing with your kids) is essential to ensure that your…

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Nutrition Physical Education Sports

Powerade VS. Gatorade, How To Hydrate Your Body

August 1, 2014
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Powerade VS. Gatorade Water is one of the best things for you and we need it to survive because it keeps you hydrated. There are also other drinks that help you hydrate your body by giving you electrolytes and nutrients lost in sweat like Gatorade and Powerade. The question is which one is better for you.  Many  who participate in sports will drink both during games, at practice, or at a camp. The best thing about both of them is that they…

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Neila Rey: Fitness Extraordinaire

May 31, 2014

If you’re a geek for anything relating to comic books or superheroes, then do I have a workout for you! Not only is it quick and easy to execute, but it works out every muscle in your body, making it perfect for busy bees who want to stay in shape. The best part? The creator of the workouts, Neila Rey, based each of her fitness plans off of a famous superhero or comic book figure.   The Benefits of Neila…

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Dance Physical Education

100th Birthday & 50th Anniversary!!

March 28, 2013

This is the 50th anniversary of “Singing In The Rain” and the 100th  birthday for its star, Gene Kelly!!  Use this anniversary to do a video survey of the movie, which is a classic!  You may have to help your students understand certain parts but, they will love it!!   Once you have watched the movie, have students create fun fact lists in your computer lab. Example: many of the characters were based on real people: Lena Lamont was based on the…

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Everything Comes Back!!!

March 21, 2013

I was happy to read in the newspaper about a study that was recently published about the impact of recess and free play; it is good for children on the physical, social and educational levels.  Many students have lost the required 20 minutes of free play and 40 minutes of organized physical education due to the need to work on testing requirements.  This time varies from state to state with some states having no required physical education.  Let’s have our…

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Rubrics

March 12, 2013

Once students have established a movement vocabulary, I like to have them write the rubrics-using a 1-4 scale.  I keep it simple and have them create under three areas: Technique Artistry Intent Under technique, What is a 4?  (Pointed feet, jumps that leave the floor, land quietly, etc). Divide the class into the three areas and let them own the learning!  This also helps them in regards to peer and self evaluation to be able to put into words what…

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Hero Dance Pt. II

March 7, 2013

Now that students have created their movement piece about their hero, have them present to each other.  To further advance the meaning, have students bring in an artifact that represents their hero (like a picture or an object).  Students will lean towards people that are not living. Express to them the hero can still be living AND the dances can be happy!   Whatever the hero or dance, the purpose is to convey meaning!!  Use the peer evaluation as a tool…

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Taking cues from Dancing With The Stars!!

February 19, 2013

One of the things that I love about DWTS is the fact that it brings dance and specifically ballroom dance to a new audience.  An easy way to start a unit is with the lindy swing, which is 2 steps and a ball change or back step.  Once you teach the basics to your students- let them figure out the mirror image- first with no hands-just facing each other.  Then try a simple hand to hand connection-palm up for the…

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YouTube as a Teaching Tool

February 12, 2013

Everyone knows about YouTube to see a kitten playing the piano but, what about as a teaching tool?  In my classroom, I use it all the time as a way for students to witness some great historical dances and icons from the field.  Here’s an idea: have the students watch a scene the New York City Ballet’s, Swan Lake and the Knicks last home game.  Just a few minutes of each, then try to create movement phrases based on what…

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Dance Physical Education

The Assessment Issue…

February 4, 2013

The new buzz word for physical activity folks – ASSESSMENT!!  Folks that are not actually in a classroom lose perspective of this issue.  In a nutshell- keep it simple!  Teachers assess students daily to determine the level of the class and also how to pace the class, which is “formative assessment”.  When you are at the end of a unit of instruction and give the final test, you are performing a “summative assessment”.  Physical activity specialists, PE and Dance teachers…

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Relevance & Rigor!

January 29, 2013

As a dance teacher at an inner city school, one of my best ways is the music that I select or should I say let the students select.  I keep a stack of blank cds and I distribute these to students for music with the parameter that it must be “Rated G’ and school appropriate- it has to pass the Grandma test- Would you play it for your Grandma?  Do students ever try to sneak music past you?  Yes!! As…

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Physical Education

Getting Them Up And MOVIN’!!

December 19, 2012

According to all of the studies by the American Association of Pediatrics and others, our nation is facing an epidemic of childhood obesity!!   How do we fix it?!  Our children need a combination of diet and exercise; our first line of defense is to make this part of the school day.  Students will embrace this combination when it seems relevant to where they “live” today.  As teachers, the sooner we master this notion the quicker we will get to the…

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