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Teacher: Jeff Pizzutilla who teaches at Sam Bundy Elementary School in Farmville, NC. Jeff Pizzutilla can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: P.E. With Your Child

Rationale/Purpose of Event: The purpose of this event is two fold: (1) to give the parents an opportunity to see what their child does in physical education (2) to gain support for our school PE program.

Suggested Grade Level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Materials Needed: I try to do activities that we have already done. This cuts down on your instructional time and you can choose activities that work best for you.

P.E. With Your Child

We started this event about 9 years ago and it has grown tremendously over the years. We average over 200 parents during this week. "PE With Your Child" is usually held in Feburuary. The parents are notified through our school news letter. We also encourage the students to invite the parents.

During the week of the event the parents come into PE with their child and basically shadow them for the class period. We try to incorporate a partner warm-up activity so they can get some one-on-one interaction with their parent(it could also be a grandparent,aunt,uncle or college age brother/sister). After the warm-up activity we try to do a large group activiy allowing the parent to have some interaction with their child's friends. At the end of class we will take a picture of the student with their parent.


This is a great way to get parents involved and understand the importance of motor development. This is a Best Practice for ALL teachers to consider to show case the daily class routine and purpose versus also doing Family Fun nights. Note: Not all children will have a person available to come in and participate, but it allows the PE teacher to show that we no longer throw dodgeballs at each other and drink coffee while sitting on a stage with the newspaper. Too many parents still remember the inept instruction many people experienced. SHOWCASE your daily work habits and instruction.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

It is important to review procedures and expectation with your students for this event. We also invite the Principal and school Superintendent.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

During this week we don't make any modification for our exceptional students because they are already mainstreamed into our regular physical education classes and modification of the lesson would have already been done prior to this event.

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Posted on PEC: 11/12/2007 and has received 88 votes.

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