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Monday, March 31, 2014

U.S. Education vs. The World

U.S. Education vs. The World: "

This is an old link and was in draft status, but it's a great looking #infographic. U.S. Education vs. The World is a very cool infographic from MAT@USC.  You can imagine this data as a boring series of bar charts in an academic report, but the colorful, visual design here is fantastic.  The winding connecting lines can make it a little difficult for the reader to understand the data, but I think it also draws the reader in like a simple puzzle.


We’ve put together this infographic that compares the United States’ education spend and performance versus eleven countries.  The U.S. is the clear leader in total annual spending, but ranks 9th in Science performance and 10th in Math.


Thanks to Sarah for sending in the link!


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Weight of The Nation HBO Series Must Watch


Even if you're not in health or education, you must watch Weight of the Nation from HBO and NIH/CDC. Happy #ntaahperd

Friday, March 21, 2014

More Attention Problems During Childhood Predict Poorer Executive Functioning in Late Adolescence

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Having attention problems as a young child predicted later difficulties with response inhibition in adolescence. As educators, its really important to establish clear and effective behavior management strategies and classroom/gym rules. Helping young children especially with inattention, disorganization, impulsivity, and hyperactivity at a young age might help offset or reduce lower executive function scores as adolescents. I would love to know what more about intervention studies run and their long-term impact on executive function levels.
Attention problems (behavior problems including inattention, disorganization, impulsivity, and hyperactivity) are widely thought to reflect deficits in executive functions (EFs). However, it is unclear whether attention problems differentially relate to distinct EFs and how developmental stability and change predict levels of EFs in late adolescence. We investigated, in an unselected sample, how teacher-rated attention problems from ages 7 to 14 years related to three correlated but separable EFs, measured as latent variables at age 17. Attention problems at all ages significantly predicted later levels of response inhibition and working memory updating, and to some extent set shifting; the relation to inhibiting was stronger than the relations to the other EFs or IQ. Growth models indicated that attention problems were quite stable in this age range, and it was the initial levels of problems, rather than their changes across time, that predicted later EFs. These results support the hypothesis that attention problems primarily reflect difficulties with response inhibition.

Greater Attention Problems During Childhood Predict Poorer Executive Functioning in Late Adolescence
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Calling All School Leaders! Professional Development Matters!

For high quality 21st century school leaders, the focus should be on using research-based practices to assist learning, thinking, and applying for teachers and students. If you are a school leader or an instructional coach, Chris Atkinson recommends Doug Reeve’s book: Transforming Professional Development Into Student Results. where he presents his “Leadership and Learning Matrix”. What have you done to improve your learning, teaching, and understanding? Have you been a lifelong learner?



Read all the details here: Calling All School Leaders! Professional Development Matters; Don’t Rely On Luck!
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

How Much Exercise Does Your State Get?

How active is your state? See where you stack up with the rest of the country then see what you can do to make your community and state more active.
  • Alabama: 47.5
  • Alaska: 60.1
  • Arizona: 53.3
  • Arkansas: 52.5
  • California: 55.1
  • Colorado: 59.8
  • Connecticut: 54.2
  • Delaware: 46.5
  • Florida: 53.5
  • Georgia: 51.4
  • Hawaii: 62.2
  • Idaho: 57.7
  • Illinois: 51.2
  • Indiana: 49.4
  • Iowa: 53.1
  • Kansas: 52.3
  • Kentucky: 50.5
  • Louisiana: 50.5
  • Maine: 55.3
  • Maryland: 50.1
  • Massachusetts: 52.9
  • Michigan: 50.9
  • Minnesota: 55.7
  • Mississippi: 50.1
  • Missouri: 51.7
  • Montana: 60.1
  • Nation: 51.6
  • Nebraska: 56.3
  • Nevada: 54.5
  • New Hampshire: 53.9
  • New Jersey: 47.7
  • New Mexico: 57.4
  • New York: 49.3
  • North Carolina: 51.7
  • North Dakota: 56.0
  • Ohio: 49.3
  • Oklahoma: 50.7
  • Oregon: 58.0
  • Pennsylvania: 50.4
  • Rhode Island: 48.2
  • South Carolina: 49.7
  • South Dakota: 51.8
  • Tennessee: 49.2
  • Texas: 52.2
  • Utah: 53.9
  • Vermont: 65.3
  • Virginia: 52.0
  • Washington: 55.7
  • West Virginia: 47.1
  • Wisconsin: 53.9
  • Wyoming: 54.2

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Happy International Day of Happiness PE Rockstars

Celebrate International Day of Happiness with the world tomorrow as you hum and dance to Pharrell Williams song "Happy".  Be sure to check out our #Physed Flipboard for more articles and news that impact Physical Educaion, #pechat, and #pegeeks.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Power of Technology & Worldwide #PECHAT

The transformative and transparent power of technology to influence learning is all around us and is accessible to teacher-candidates of all abilities. Integrating technology into education is crucial for our students continued understanding, growth, networking and professional development.  How we choose to use them and where we place them in the learning process is our mandate. 

Specific examples of successful PE InTechGration.
Trish - Yoga lesson (video, ipad, assessments - specific congruent)
Ben - ePortfolio (unit planning, professional development)

Live #PECHAT

Is this fitness?

Erwan Le Corre is the founder of “MovNat”, a synthesis of his long-term passion for real-world physical competency, his love of movement in nature, his extensive knowledge of Physical Education history, and his personal philosophy of life. He believes it is everyone’s universal and biological birthright to be strong, healthy, happy and free. He calls this state of being our “True Nature”.MovNat

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Student teaching thoughts for Rockstar PE

The elementary is such a great experience student teaching! I'm having a blast and the children love to learn! My cooperating teacher is great and does a great job with the children. This placement is terrific compared to my first placement at the high school level. Photos, videos, and more to come! Check out my blog at dhowardphysed.blogspot.com

Sarah Nadrowski (2013) Wins All-Around National Title


Congratulations to Sarah Nadrowski a Cortland PE Senior who won the all-around title at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  The Cortland team won third place overall. More details can be found here.


Who profits from the NCAA March Madness?

Click image to see a larger versionMarch Basketball: Who Really Profits?College Basketball and Taxes via H&R Block