Welcome to Coach Paul Berger


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    Coach Paul Berger
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    About My Classroom

    The goal of the Kindergarten though Fifth grade Physical Education program is to provide and implement various skills, games, and experiences for all the students. Throughout the school year, the students accomplish this through both group and individual activities. Some of the units we cover are: Football, Basketball, Floor Hockey, Volleyball, Gymnastics, and Circus Arts. This year I added Frisbee games and activities to the curriculum. Students really enjoyed working on aim and accuracy while throwing at various targets; Frisbee Golf, and Ultimate Frisbee.

    One of the most popular units is our "Group Dynamic Problem Solving" unit. I choose to start the year with it because it is a great way for the students to get to know one another, and for them to work on their communication, cooperation, leadership, and problem-solving skills. It is during this unit that they have to come together as a group to complete a specific task that has several ways in which to solve it. There are times throughout the year when we are between units, and we will revisit the Group Dynamic activities to help reinforce our focus on cooperation and communication. 

    In everything we do, I strive to provide a learning environment where EVERY student can feel comfortable being themselves, regardless of their skill level or athletic ability.

    For additional information on the comprehensive Elementary Physical Education curriculum, please refer to the district website.

    In previous years, the fourth and fifth grade students ran the mile one time instead of the customary two times. Their Spring mile was their Pre-Test, and the Fall one was their Post-Test. In addition to the mile run, the students will be doing other Fitness Tests throughout the rest of the school year. Those will include, Push Ups, Curl Ups, Sit and Reach, Pacer Test, Trunk Lift, Shoulder Stretch, and Flexed Arm Hold.

     The 2020-2022 year has been a fun one. We have covered many team sports as well as low-organized games. The K-2 classes participated in many types of chase and flee games, spacial awareness, and small-sided team sports. The 3-5 classes focused more on skill development and applied those skills in our team sports units. For the month of June, all the students participated in culminating outdoor activities.