Meet Mr. Przystas’ physical education classes

Krystle Wagner • Nov 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM

This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.

Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:

Name: Mr. Scott Przystas

Schools: Mary A. White Elementary and Rosy Mound Elementary

What makes your classroom special? "Yet" is the most important word they need to know in PE. No matter how difficult things appear to be or how many times it takes them to get to where they want to be, always add "yet" to your sentences: "I can't do this ... YET," "I don't know that ... YET," "I'm not able ... YET." I encourage students to remember to be positive, have fun as you learn and enjoy being challenged in PE!

In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? Every day I encourage the students to "Max Your Days" which means maximizing their days with as many adventures-big or small-as possible. I use a pyramid poster that has "Adventures" at the top and "Physical Literacy" in the middle. At the base of the pyramid is "Health." I tell the students that in order to go on any adventure they need to know how to be competent and confident movers (know how and feel good about) moving their bodies (Physical Literacy). But even before that they need their health. I summarize Health by giving them the acronym N.E.W.S. (Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sleep). If they don't have even one of those things, they can't go on as simple of an adventure as walking outside.

What special project is your classroom working on now? Each rotation we work on different skills and how they transfer to different sports and activities. This rotation, the skill was "throwing.” We worked on throwing a football, throwing a frisbee and throwing a ball towards a target.

How is your classroom involved with the community? Through the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program in both schools (an in-school nutrition and physical activity program to help encourage youth to lead healthier lives), my schools have participated in a Food Drive for the local food pantry, awarding points to classrooms that bring in healthy foods. We have promoted health in the community through the Elementary PE Department's Health and Wellness Fair where local businesses with health and wellness initiatives attend and all K-4 students are invited to learn more about what's going on in the community.

How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? My hope is that they choose to live healthy active lifestyles and live as many adventures as possible now and in the future.

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