A MESSAGE FROM MR. WENGER
PE was one of my favorite subjects at school, if not THE favorite. I always thought it was fun and I knew it was keeping me fit. Little did I know about the many non-physical benefits research has shown it has. I am going to do my best to make sure all students are doing their best in PE, have fun, feel confident and hone their skills. You may read more about me at the end of this page.
Did you know that California law clearly establishes the priority of physical education instruction? Education Code requires 200 minutes of physical education every ten school days for students in grades one through six. LFCSA complies with a combined 100 minutes of PE and 100 minutes of dance every ten school days.
My favorite quotes from the California Standards:
“The first and perhaps most important aspect of physical education is the direct bearing it has on children’s physical, mental, and social well-being. The child who is well educated physically is likely to become a healthy adult who is motivated to remain healthy. The healthy, physically active child is also more likely to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.”
“A common mistake is to emphasize competition too much while children are still quite young. Children are able to create their own competition in normal play. Only at about the age of ten or eleven are they ready physiologically, socially, and emotionally to participate in competitive activities. The goal of the physical educator should be not to identify winners but to make winners of ordinary students. Every Student is a Winner. Students should be helped to discover what they can do and appreciate their own uniqueness and that of others.”
“Doing your best is better than being the best!
THE STRUCTURE OF A P.E. LESSON
Greeting: Making sure our shoe laces are tight – 5 minute warm up run – sprints (and “rock climbing” on the bin for grades 3-6) – water break – stretches and strength exercises – instructional and activity phase – processing (with q&a) – discussion of the weekly topic – team cheer
5 minute warm up run: The students are running for five minutes non stop. At their pace. At a speed they can easily hold for 5 minutes and at which they can comfortably talk to a running buddy without running out of breath. Everybody runs. Some run faster, some slower. But everybody runs. Walking is not allowed (except for students with Asthma and such.) This is all about pacing. They are learning to find their personal pace. They are also learning that they can do it. Not everybody has the chance in their private life to run. In class they are running for 5 minutes. At the jogathon they are running for 15 minutes. I always tell them: ”If you can run the jogathong without needing to walk – I’m very proud of you! No matter how many laps you do. Again, “doing your best is better than being the best!”
1 mile run: 5th and 6th graders are running a mile once a month. A mile is a classic distance. The students should know how it feels to run it, they should know how long it takes them. The mile run is also part of the CA Physical Fitness Test 5th graders take every year in the Spring. (The test is mandatory for all 5th, 7th, and 9th graders.) By running it monthly they are well prepared for the test.
Sprints and rock climbing: They want to run fast. Most of them. This is their chance to show me how fast they can run around the track, then climb across the bin, then go run a second lap. At full speed. They will feel their heart rate going up and their breathing becoming faster. TK through 2nd grade just runs. No bin. They do, however, get a chance to climb until the last person is done with his/her water break. And of course they can always practice before school starts and during lunch.
Stretches and strength exercises
Instructional and activity phase
Processing and discussion of the weekly topic
PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST
Last year’s 5th graders did very very well (just like all the LFCSA 5th graders before them)!! The results: 1 mile run: 89% passed (state: 63%); body composition (the state looks at their BodyMassIndex): 88% (60%); sit ups: 100% (75%); push ups: 100% (66%); trunk extension: 100% (86%).
MR. WENGER’S BIO
Andreas Wenger is a three-time Ironman triathlete, with an athletic career as a soccer player and triathlete. Prior to joining LFCSA, he also worked as an Energetic Structural Integration therapist and studied acupuncture.
Although he claims, “We’re just having fun!” the physical education classes he delivers are deliberately designed to foster well-being and academic success for the children. His P.E. program is based upon the Physical Education Framework, which suggests that a healthy, physically active child is more likely to achieve academic success; and he works hard to ensure that each child participates fully. One of his primary values in physical education is to emphasize teamwork and cooperation, insisting that the children minimize competition between them.
Mr. Wenger also supervises the teacher’s aides, is in charge of safety and emergency procedures, and is the facilities manager at LFCSA. In his spare time he runs a summer, spring, and snow camp for children.
Originally from Switzerland, Mr. Wenger first came to California in 1994 on vacation. He is one of the founding teachers of LFCSA.
MORE TO COME SOON.
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