At risk of showing my age, I could spend hours watching the Flintstones and Gilligan’s Island as a child. Countless episodes of shameless soap operas like the Guiding Light were viewed in college, Thirty-Something and the Wonder Years post-college, ER and any number of laugh-out-loud sitcoms during my child raising years.
Recently, something has changed and I just can’t zone out anymore. It may be because my home is filled with ESPN watching, remote controlling men, but I suspect the more accurate reason is I just don’t find television mentally stimulating anymore. Instead, I find myself searching for new things to learn and do. I am still on the couch in front of the TV but my computer is humming between Twitter, Linkedin, Gmail and Facebook. I could go hours reading what people are doing around the world in their PE programs but even more satisfying is learning something new and using it to develop something for my PE program or the NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone.
Over the past couple of years, I have taught myself how to publish books using Indesign and upload them to Amazon, format ebooks for Lulu.com, develop websites using Weebly, create an Eboard for my students, download and convert videos from Youtube to music for my Ipad, create videos using Powerpoint presentations and countless other things that just seem to become necessary. It is absolutely amazing to me that if you need to get something done, all you have to do is ask someone in a social networking forum or Google it!
I have been on summer vacation for less than a week now. While I have set goals to paint the bedroom and fix countless things around the house; working on teacher resources, starting a Twitter account for the Suffolk Zone, developing a PE app for Southdown, setting up a QR code for my school website and getting started on my physical education professional developments sound much more appealing.
Here are the PD’s I have so far. I think some of you will be interested in joining in.
· Go to the National PE Institute July 28-30th
· Listen to the PE Geek and #physed podcasts
· View Crystal and Jo’s Excellent PE Adventure
· Start reading Spark by John J. Ratey as part of the PhysicalEducator book club
· Read Gracious_PE’s paper.li daily
· Watch Don Puckett’s Physical Education Games DVD’s
· Review the #pechats
If anyone out there has any other great PD’s, please send them along! Now, it’s time to get up off the couch, play with my new puppy “Buckets” and go for a bike ride! Have a great summer!