Engaging minds through physical activity

Jessica Shawley

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About Jessica Shawley

Jessica Shawley is a middle school physical education teacher. She is a SHAPE America National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year and is National Board (NBPTS) certified as a Physical Education Specialist. Jessica received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho and undergraduate degree in K-12 Health & Fitness, Math & Leadership Studies from Whitworth University.

Jumping to Learn: Using a Fitness Trampoline in Your Classroom

As a physical education teacher, I use fitness trampolines in my program to teach about health-related fitness and intensity level training. My school’s sensory room has a fitness trampoline to help meet the needs of special education students. I find fitness trampolines to be a fun, safe, and effective tool for schools to increase classroom [...]

By |2018-05-04T14:24:56+00:00May 4th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Activities|1 Comment

“Spin-to-Win” with Fit-N-Spin Classroom Activities

The Fit-N-Spin is a simple and versatile teaching tool that has helped me infuse classroom activity while integrating a variety of academic content areas. Whether it was a game show review or matchmaker memory game to challenge students, we all enjoyed the “spin-to-win” theme the Fit-N-Spin brought to the classroom experience. With the Fit-N-Spin, a [...]

By |2017-12-21T16:57:18+00:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Classroom Movement: To Cycle or Glide?

Successful schools are intentional about providing opportunities for classroom movement throughout the school day and supporting the active classroom model. One way schools do this is through the use of brain boosts or activity breaks scattered throughout the day. My school has now expanded beyond these and added classroom fidget options and active seating. I’ve [...]

By |2019-04-25T12:53:14+00:00November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Classroom Activities|Tags: |0 Comments