ThePhysicalEducator.com is proud to share these free visual resources for your teaching! These visuals were created to aid students in their learning journeys by helping them better understand the concepts and skills explored in physical education.
This visual was created for my grade 6 fitness unit in which students explored concepts related to heart rate and its relationship to aerobic fitness. Using the modified chart (the Borg RPE Scale actually goes from levels 6-20), students would create activity plans to improve their cardiorespiratory endurance. I would also have the students check their heart rate throughout our fitness actvities and refer to the chart to make sure they were working within the proper heart rate zone.
This poster was also created for my grade 6 fitness unit to help students create activity plans that targeted specific fitness components. We would start the unit off by having students perform fitness tests for each of the components. Students would then analyze their results, determine areas needing improvement and create action plans to improve in those selected areas. Introducing the F.I.T.T. principle at this stage really helped students design effective fitness action plans!
In my gym, there are three bathroom “keys” (which are rubber animal keychains on lanyards). There is a girls’ key, a boys’ key and an emergency key. When students need to use the washroom or get some water during class, they can take their bathroom key and go. If a students goes to take their bathroom key but it is already out, they know they need to wait for the key to be returned before they go. If ever they *really* need to go and their key is not there, they may take the emergency key. Just like every other classroom routine and procedure, this took some time to set up and practice. That said, I now spend much less time managing bathroom trips in my lessons and more time focused on helping students learn!
This is an idea by Ben Landers that I loved so much I had to remix it for my gym! The Conflict Corner is conflict resolution guide for students. When students find themselves in a conflict with others in class, they can make their way to the Conflict Corner and work on finding a solution together. The visual has become a part of my classroom procedures: when students cannot find a quick solution to their problem (e.g. rock-paper-scissors), they make their way to the Conflict Corner. It took some time to get the habit formed in all of my classes, but it has had an awesome impact on my behaviour management in physical education! We also use the poster outside at recess for situations that arise there. Thanks Ben!
Behaviour management is an essential element of any quality physical education program. Over the years, I’ve learned that having “bright lines”, clear expectations, and an understanding of both rewards and consequences related to behaviour empowers my students to ensure that lessons to run smoothly and effectively. In my gym, we use a warning system that helps students be aware of their behaviour all while giving them opportunities to reflect on whether or not they are making the right choices. Having this visual “Warning System Chart” in my gym reminds students of what they can expect if they are demonstrating either appropriate or inappropriate behaviours. Pro tip: none of this matters unless you are consistent with your implementation of the system! Students are trying to better understand the world around them, and inconsistency in boundaries and expectations makes that more difficult for them to achieve.
In my #physed classes, I call to my rubrics Learning Roadmaps. They’re colourful visual resources that I create for each unit I teach. Each roadmap is design to help students understand what mastery looks like for each outcome we focus on as well as the journey it might take to get there. You can learn more about how I use these this blog post. This download includes blank roadmaps you can use to create awesome rubrics for your teaching (up to four outcomes per unit)!
To compliment both the Learning Roadmaps and the Plickers Assessment Magnets, I made these Learning Level Tag visuals for the magnetic whiteboard in my gym. Using the student-friendly language that I learned from my friend Sarah Gietschier-Hartman, these visuals make it easy for my students to know where to place their Plickers Assessment Magnets all while adding some colour to my gym!
Plickers Assessment Magnets allow you to quickly log your students progress when using the Assessment Magnets and Learning Roadmaps in your teaching. This download includes a set of 63 Plickers Assessment Magnets graphics as well as four Learning Roadmap Level graphics that you can use in your teaching! Learn more about Plickers Assessment Magnets and the origin behind the idea in this blog post!
When I originally blogged about how I use Plickers in my teaching, I shared an image of the Class List Posters I create for each class I teach. Each poster includes my students names and photos, and each student has a number associated to their name (which is visible on the poster). That number serves as their Plickers number when we use the tool for assessment in class. A lot of teachers asked me about the posters, but – for a variety of technical reasons – the original poster template I created wasn’t simple to share. So I recreated it in as a Google Slides template and included a tutorial video to show you how to set this poster up for your classes!
I created these Plickers Questions Templates to make it easier for my students to understand and visualize the assessment questions I share with them in class when we use our Plickers cards. The template highlights each answer with the same colour that students find on the back of their modified Plickers card (check out this blog post to see how I modify my cards). I project the question on our big screen TV via AirPlay and then scan the student responses using my mobile device. Having this template (which is available in Keynote, PowerPoint, and Google Slides formats) makes it quick and easy to create beautiful Plickers questions!
To help make my classroom management more efficient, I decided to use a squad system with my younger grades (K-2). Part of our classroom routines involves the students sitting down in their squads at different moments throughout the lesson. Since I often need my students to “squad up” at different locations in the gym (e.g. in front of the TV so we can analyze a skill performance, in front of the whiteboard so we can go over the lesson’s What/Why/How, or at their cones so that we can get into a peer-assessment activity), I decided to create two different versions of each squad’s colourful squad spot: a letter-based one and a number-based one. This way, I can have my students learn the routines of “squadding up” at their number spots or their letter spots.
I use this Squad Roster Template to divide my younger grades into long-term squads. This is a classroom procedure that we practice at the beginning of the year and reinforce in each lesson by combining the Squad Roster visual along with the Squad Spot Markers. Every time my students come in from an activity (e.g. for a whole-class discussion, to see a skill being analyzed on our TV, or so that I can share some sort of provocation to spark their learning), I have them sit down in their squad rows (“criss-cross, apple sauce, one arms-length apart”). The Squad Rosters are also used throughout my lessons to quickly create teams, assign stations, send students to take/put away equipment, or dismiss my class. You can also access this template in an editable Google Slide format.