Welcome to Coach Paul Berger
Coach Paul Berger
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Contact Information Pberger@scarsdaleschools.org
About My Classroom
The goal of the First 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.
One of the most popular units is our "Group Dynamic Problem Solving" unit. I like 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 to be 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.
The start of the school year went well. The students as always had a great time during our Group Dynamic Problem Solving Unit. We are well into our program now. Over the course of the last two weeks the students have been working on Throwing, catching and place kicking as part of our Football unit. Some of the classes have just completed their Mile Run. This year all the fourth and Fifth grade students will only be running the mile one time instead of the customary two times. Their Spring mile was their Pre-Test, and the Fall one is 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.
Currently we just started our Floor Hockey unit. During the unit the students will be playing 6v6 small sided two minute games. In December we will start our Volleyball Unit. The students will be working on Serving, Setting, Forearm Passing/Bumping, and Spiking. They will learn about positions, rotation, and scoring, We will start off using Beach Balls, and then move onto Training Volleyballs. This is one of my favorite units because I get to play in the games with them. They seem to like that too!
In January we will start our Gymnastics unit.