PFA Motivational Awards Program
Awards at each grade level for the top scorers in each fitness category.
Students always want to know what the current best score is so they can
try to beat it.
To be eligible students need to run their mile in 8.59 or less to be in
the 8 min. club, 7.:59 or less, 6:59 or less, etc.; either their pre or
post test score can count. At the end of the 6 minute club members are
awarded a gold medal, 7 minute club silver medals, 8 minute club bronze
A Most Improved Award is given to the 3 most improved people at each grade
level. I figure an improvement score for each child. The score is computed
- 1 pt for each sit - up over their pre-test score
- 1 pt for each pull-up over their pre-test score
- 1 pt for each vault over their pre-test score
- 1 pt for each 10 seconds they lower their mile score
- 1 pt for each horizontal ladder pass over their pre-test
- 1 pt for each additional step on the step test
MARILYN'S NEW PFA STYLE LESSON
PFA Cones Up, Cones Down
Equipment needed: 40-60 cones (can vary in size)
Divide the class into two teams. I team is the "up", the other
is "down". In an area near the Project Fit course, give one
half of the cones to the "up" team and one half to the "down"
team. The "up" team scatters their cones in the area standing
up. The "down" team scatters their cones in the same area but
"down" (turned on their side). Half of each team will start
in the cone area, the other half at the project fit area.
The students in the cone area--if they are on the up team they run to
set up 5 cones that are down. The students on the down team run to turn
over 5 cones that are up. After 5 they must run to project fit equipment
and complete a predetermined number of reps on a piece of equipment and
may return to the cone area.
- The students in the project fit area - Students here
will do a predetermined number of reps at a station then move to a cone
- If you want to make it competitive, at the end of the
playing time count the number of cones up or down to see which team
- The cones up, cones down may also be played in the gym
as a cardiovascular game.
- Another option is to tell the kids they must
go to a different station each time they return to the Project Fit area.
Marilyn’s Tips, Hints &
In summary, the students' love to try and beat their
own scores. I have always tried to create an atmosphere in the gym where
all students feel comfortable to move, try, make mistakes and keep trying.
I stress respecting everyone so they can work hard to improve. We discuss
as a class at the beginning of the year how we are going to work together,
respect one another and improve ourselves.
- Most of the lessons I use I have "borrowed"
from other teachers, gotten from books, or at conventions and workshops.
I look for fitness components in the new lessons. Then I try to change
or adapt if I don't think the students get a good enough workout. For
example, "elimination games" can be made more active by having
perimeter activities that the students do while they normally would
be out. After a certain number of reps, the student can rejoin the game,
thus making it a continuous activity.
- Whenever possible, use music. Music can be used as a
cue to "go" and "stop". I use classical music where
it is appropriate and then mention who the composer was.
- "It never hurts to ask." Whenever I
have needed equipment, help, support, etc. from administrators, staff
or PTO I just ask. If you explain what you need and why, how will it
benefit the students, and how it will help the students meet state standards,
people are more likely to say "yes". Putting in writing is
a big plus and making a personal presentation also helps.
- Help each child to see where they have strengths and
what areas need improvement. Quick, easy assessments help students see
where they are. They love to beat their scores.
- Develop an "I can" atmosphere that is non-threatening.
Let your students know that you realize everyone is different, some
people are faster than others, some are stronger, but what matters is
that you work hard to improve.
- Always evaluate lessons--how can I make this
one lesson work better for my students in our gym?
- Develop a motivational rewards program. It doesn't
have to be elaborate. It gives the students a goal to achieve, something
to work for.
- Have sharing sessions with other PE teachers in your
district. Bring and demonstrate a lesson.
- In the past I have written short articles for the monthly
newsletter on topics related to fitness, what we are teaching in the
gym, how families can have active fun together.
The staff here at Highland has been an integral part of
making PFA succeed. Everyone learned how the equipment was to be used
safely. We have a rotation schedule which changes daily so each grade
level gets to use the area during lunch recess (year round). So many students
wanted to be on the equipment at the same time and we had a safety issue.
Last spring while doing post testing with the students
and seeing how excited they were about their improvement and how hard
they worked, I felt some recognition was in order. While working on their
scores to report for post testing, I developed an awards program. At the
end of the school year funds are usually depleted, but I explained the
idea to the PTO and they came up with the money to fund the awards. The
awards were given out at our end of the year recognition and were a big
hit. This fall I could hear the students talking about how they are going
to win a certain award, or ask after running their mile, "does that
put me in the 7 minute club?" It is very rewarding to see students
so excited and motivated. I really do feel that since Highland has become
a part of PFA that I really do make a difference.