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Physical Education Workshops 2017-05-22T13:10:26+00:00

J.D. Hughes’ Physical Education Workshop, PE2theMax, is a more up-to-date look at what physical education has evolved into, which is an exciting and dynamic experience that all children need and deserve. As physical education teachers, it is our job to promote and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity. Our task is challenging; teaching the value of physical activity and skills acquisition, while making physical education fun for all in the process. Often times, teachers implement lessons and games that are fun to teach, but may be activities that fail to maximize participation, are developmentally inappropriate, or lack originality. Another problem is that some physical educators find their classes too large to even consider many physical education ideas, games, and activities. No question, these are just a few of the major problems facing many physical educators everyday.

This hands-on, movement-based workshop includes a stimulating assortment of fun-packed, educational games and ideas that not only focuses on participation and involvement for any size class, but will intrigue, engage, and motivate your students for years to come. J.D.’s presentations provide all inclusive, fun activities, which in turn minimize discipline problems and maximize participation. You will learn….

  1. a variety of enjoyable, all-inclusive physical activities, designed to build self-confidence, and promote cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation, while encouraging lifetime fitness pursuits.
  2. more activities that are action-packed, providing lots of choices and opportunities to challenge your students with countless opportunities for success, no matter the skill level.
  3. to move from comfortable, familiar, and functional physical education to movement education instruction that is rich with opportunities to engage children with fun, challenging, and dynamic experiences.
  4. fun, movement and skill-based games, provided in a context of realistic situations that promote the skills of communication, cooperation and personal responsibility, while learning to apply critical thinking and problem solving; crucial life-skills that are necessary to allow all of us to think for ourselves and be productive human beings. Incorporating these skills in games is the perfect way to teach for transfer by providing children with a hands-on approach to practicing and learning skills of this nature.
  5. to implement games that go beyond exhibiting rote memorization of performing skills to games and activities that present problems, thus requiring students to learn how to brainstorm, collaborate, put into action and evaluate strategies in order to be successful.
  6. to take advantage of the opportunities, especially after attending this workshop, to relate the game’s challenges to some real-life situations that students may encounter one day.

The PE2theMax: Maximizing Skills, Participation, Teamwork and Fun workshop is divided into six different parts:

  • No Standing Around in My Gym: Creative Lesson Plans, Games, and Teaching Tips
  • PE2theMax: Maximize Skills, Participation, Teamwork and Fun
  • PE2theMax II: Stepping up the “Game” in Physical Education
  • PE²: Double the Physical + Double the Education = Double the Fun
  • HyPEd Up: Taking Physical Education Games to the Next Level
  • Let’s Dance! Come Bust some Moves with J.D. Hughes

Below is a brief description of what participants will learn in each section.

No Standing Around in My Gym: Creative Lesson Plans, Games, and Teaching Tips

Keep all students in your physical education program moving, learning, and on their toes—even when you’re teaching very large classes. If you are looking for fresh ways to teach children ages 4 to 11 basic fitness concepts, movement skills, and games that emphasize creative thinking and cooperation, then No Standing Around in My Gym is for you. It’s an incredible source of ideas and solutions to help you • increase the time students are active in class, • minimize discipline problems, • develop healthy attitudes that lead to a lifetime of activity, • save valuable lesson preparation time, and • keep students motivated and challenged. The author shares a wealth of innovative ways to motivate kids, make classes more enjoyable, create an atmosphere for learning, manage classes, and maximize parental involvement to improve outcomes. With this collection of invigorating, fun and gym-tested activities, you’ll be able to motivate, engage, and intrigue students in large or small classes for years to come.

PE2theMax: Maximize Skills, Participation, Teamwork and Fun

If you agree that physical education should be fun, instructive, and a place where students acquire physical and life skills, then you’ll love PE2theMax. I believe physical education classes should be action-packed with lots of choices, equipment, and opportunities to be challenged with countless opportunities for success, no matter the skill level. In addition, you will learn many movement and skill-based games, provided in a context of realistic situations to promote the skills of communication, cooperation and personal responsibility, while learning to apply critical thinking and problem solving; crucial life-skills that are necessary to allow all of us to think for ourselves and be productive human beings. Each game provides students of all athletic abilities the opportunity to have fun, be active, and acquire movement and sport skills. The games in PE2theMax are student centered, not teacher centered. As such, students are motivated to challenge themselves to succeed.

PE2theMax II: Stepping up the “Game” in Physical Education

PE2theMax II will assist physical educators in “stepping up their game” by introducing games that are more relevant to today’s students. PE2theMax II provides all inclusive, fun activities, which in turn minimize discipline problems and maximize participation. The activities presented maximize participation and ensure that every child is provided with numerous opportunities to succeed while learning basic fitness- and sport-related skills. I have focused special emphasis on many games and activities to include experiences that teach cooperation and encourage teamwork. These values are instilled through motivating and challenging activities that will have all children coming back for more.

PE²: Double the Physical + Double the Education = Double the Fun

PE² will assist physical educators in implementing games and lessons that motivate our students to stop making up lame excuses, to keep their notes excusing them from class, and to help them become anxious about getting active and involved in physical education. Although biased, I believe that physical education is arguably the most important subject in school because it can potentially have the greatest impact on our student’s physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. Through appropriate lessons, physical educators have the opportunity to impact student’s beliefs behaviors, attitudes, and values, which can determine how they perceive themselves and interact with other students in and out of class. I have focused special emphasis on many games and activities to include experiences that teach cooperation and encourage teamwork.

HyPEd Up: Taking Physical Education Games to the Next Level

HyPEd Up, my newest workshop, will help physical educators in “taking their physical education games to the next level” by introducing games that are more relevant to today’s students. The games and activities presented will maximize participation and ensure that every child is provided with numerous opportunities to succeed while learning basic fitness- and sport-related skills. I have focused special emphasis on tying into these activities popular common-core based themes (money, clock/time recognition along with map reading skills and learning states and capitals) as well as opportunities to improve self-esteem, initiative, decision making, and creative thinking.

Let’s Dance! Come Bust some Moves with J.D. Hughes

My main objective is to elevate dance appreciation through unique, fun, and exciting rhythmic dance skills with the attempt to alleviating any preconceived negative feelings concerning dance. My goal is to help the instructor:

  • Become familiar with instructional strategies for teaching dance.
  • Participate in many dance activities that are inclusive and fun.
  • Become aware of the types of music and dance steps you could use in a dance unit.
  • Identify where and how to access songs and dances to promote the ongoing support of the dance experience.

The PE2theMax workshop is typically presented in either a half-day (up to 3 hours) or full-day (up to 6 hours) training. The workshop can also be modified and structured to accommodate your specific (K-12) learning needs based on time, location and number of participants.

The PE2theMax half-day training highlights as many activities as possible from each of the six different parts and a full-day training will fully address all six parts.

The cost of a PE2theMax on-site training at your location varies depending on a number of conditions plus expenses. To get a quote, ask questions or to schedule a PE2theMax workshop at your site, please fill out the information below to send PE2theMax an email or contact J.D. Hughes at 770-778-4514 or you can reach me at pe2themax@bellsouth.net to discuss possible dates, travel arrangements, fees and expenses.

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What People Are Saying

Testimonials

J.D. Hughes has the C.L.U.E. for success. His presentations demonstrate the Compassion, Love, Understanding and Enthusiasm needed to be a master teacher.  He is a teacher of teachers and an advocate for the total development of every child. J.D.’s fast paced, inspiring and fun presentations provide practical activities that enhance child development and leave teachers excited about the next day.

Don Puckett, National Elementary School Physical Education Consultant

J.D. conducts one of the most versatile workshops I’ve seen at the elementary level…I feel his elementary physical education program is the best I have seen in my 35 years of teaching!

Ronnie Akers, Reinhardt College, Waleska GA

J.D.’s presentations actively engage teachers utilizing various teaching techniques and strategies…that support the SHAPE Standards and utilize many of the Adventure Education tenants of cooperation, teamwork, decision making, and problem solving.

Mark Anderson, Supervisor of Health and Physical Education, Cobb County, GA

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