DIY Rear Projection Screen
The first person (to my knowledge) to use this idea in Physical Education was Mark Jungmann from Iowa. It solves a HUGE problem for those who use a projector in class and have it out on the floor. Basically, you use a frosted shower curtain and project the image from BEHIND the screen. The shower curtain picks up the light and reflects it on the screen. Here is a look at how Mark made it...
Here is a video of how it looks courtesy of Mike Graham from Illinois...
pedometer docking station repair
Gopher's Fitstep Pro Pedometers are incredible. If you go to the "Tech Devices" tab on this site you will see a review. That being said, nothing lasts forever, and sometimes things break. When they do break, I try to fix them. Sometimes the docking station has a small pin break off which renders the docking station unusable. Well, I fixed that problem...
Laudry Basket Storage Solution
On the bottom of this page you will see how I had previously store equipment for distribution and collection. After using them for a couple of years I realized they were too small for larger pieces of equipment like basketballs and soccer balls. Enter Erik Myer from New Jersey. In watching one of his lessons I noticed he stored some things in laundry baskets. I then realized this would be perfect for my 6 color groupings in my classes. I color coded the baskets by taping some floor tape around the edges of each basket.
PLASTIC BOX FOR DICE ROLLING
I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought to myself: Brilliant!!! Suggestion: Get a lid that locks on like the one below.
updated pedometer shoe organizer
This is an updated organizational idea on how to store and distribute pedometers that I originally posted below.
I bought these at Hope Depot. Basically they are big (8 inches long straightened out) twist ties that have a rubberized coating to prevent slippage. Great for hanging station signs using the pockets you see below (and further on down this page) as well as keeping things like hula hoops together.
Carpet tubes can be used in a variety of ways. First, you can use them as inexpensive balance beams. Just cut a notch in one end and place a 2"x4" piece of wood on each end. Second, they can be used to block hockey pucks and balls from going under bleachers. Third, they can be used for what you see below. The kids absolutely loved this station! Call your local carpet store. I bet they would LOVE to donate some to you. That's what I did!!!
pedometer organization via shoe organizer
When looking for pedometer organization ideas I thought about a couple of options. One, plastic boxes that are mainly used for nuts and bolts ($25). Two, a wall hanging pocket organizer ($60). I didn't like either. Walking through a local Walmart I saw what you see below. I bought two of them, bought some sticky numbers and produced what you see ($20). I think it came out pretty good!
REUSABLE dry erase pockets
hidden flat screen tv case with bulletin board
Below are pictures of a flat screen TV case I made for my gym. I've attached it to the wall on one side so all students can see it from anywhere in the gym. I use it primarily for Class Dojo points (which is everyday) or when I show Health videos (I teach Health too). Basically it's 2x4s. The front bulletin board goes over it and it locks on the bottom when not in use.
Here's what it looks like when the bulletin board is attached and locked:
How to repair a Gator skin ball
Please note: The "Down With Dodgeball" website mentioned in this video no longer exists. It's been assimilated into this website under the "Dodgeball Alternatives" tab.
from trash to treasure:
The school that I work at is very old. In fact it is a historical landmark. So, as you can imagine, there has been many things collected over the years that have been put into storage closets never to see the light of day again. The thing is: I love to build things. When I needed a balance activity for my gymnastics unit that was challenging and unique, I built this. It was a four sided play structure with a removable slide. I attached all pieces together, put floor tape on the rungs, put floor tape on the sides, and decorated it with vinyl signs letters that I bought 10 years ago. I'm very proud of the results. How do I use this? Go from one end to the other only stepping on the yellow rungs. Try again only on the blue rungs. Try again only on the green rungs. Walk on the center white beam. Etc,…
Hook and basket organization
I figured after 20+ years of teaching I thought I'd finally get organized this year. I went out and bought 6 colored baskets (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, And Purple) through a catalog company. I then built (with pvc pipe) six small "hooks" and screwed them to my gym wall. Our school's theme this year is "The Ocean". All the teachers pick an ocean creature for their classroom. I chose to be the great white shark. Because I see all students in the school, I organized my students into smaller shark group species. Each student is part of a shark group that uses only the equipment either in the basket or on the hook that is their color. For example, the red group is the leopard sharks. They use the equipment in the red basket or on the red hook that you see to the left. I also made a small poster for each shark group from a shark calendar I ordered online. Large items like hula hoops, jump ropes, and hippy hops go on the hook. Smaller items like bean bags, deck rings, and tennis balls go in the basket. It has been great for dispensing equipment and collecting it as well. Most of my shark groups have 3 or 4 students per group. Who gets to pick their equipment first? I'm an old fashioned kind of guy...ladies first. :)
dual stomp & catch board
Take a stomp and catch board and attach another piece of wood to make the shape of a "T". Place two beanbags on either end of the "T", stomp, and try to catch both beanbags. A great challenge!!! By the way, that's my son in the picture. Thanks Cam!!!
IPod Nano 7th Generation Watch Band
If there is one complaint I have about the new IPod Nano it's this: If you wear it on your arm, it's hard to control because it is horizontal. The last Ipod Nano you could wear like a watch but it didn't have bluetooth technology. So, to solve this problem, I went out and made myself a watch band that I could read vertically. I went to Amazon.com and purchased a $3 clear plastic case for the IPod. I then put soft velcro on the back of the case. I then put a piece of velcro that I could wrap around my wrist that was the sticky kind. Works wonderfully and hasn't fallen off yet. Kinda bulky but works great for me to stream music to my bluetooth receiver (See PE Tech Devices Tab). If Apple puts out an IWatch that will play music and has bluetooth, I'll be the first in line.
Home Made Hula Hoop / Jump Rope Holder
Got some spare wood hanging around? I did and built these for my gym. It will surprisingly hold 30 - 36" Hula Hoops without any sign of bending. Free is good...
When looking for a tripod for my ipad I found almost all of them to be very expensive ($75-$200). Therefore I made my own. I went to Walmart and bought a tripod ($15) and to the Christmas Tree Shops and bought a box frame ($6). Glued a couple of pieces of wood to the frame and drilled a hole in the bottom to attach to the tripod. Works great. I even drilled some holes in the sides to connect to the power adapter and the headphone jack. I use this tripod when making videos in the IMovie program. Ipad slips out of the frame in 2 seconds. If you would like more information email me and I will send you step by step instructions.
Super Safe Portable Ball Carrier
Take that old, unused portable crib and use it for a ball carrier. Super safe and when not in use it can be folded up and stored away. Ask parents if they have one they could donate to the school. Free is good. Make sure you clean it first :)