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Make a Memorable First Impression.
We hope you will enjoy these new Back-to-School ideas.


Equipment and Facilities

  • Evaluate your equipment needs. Develop an ongoing list of what you might need immediately and in the coming months to help make the school year successful.
  • Clean up and organize the equipment room. Repair or discard broken or unsafe equipment.
  • Check batteries in pedometers, heart rate monitors, and any other forms of technology that run on batteries.
  • Check out any technology you will need to use in the gym, such as iPads, iTouches, and SMARTBOARDS.
  • Conduct a safety inspection of indoor and outdoor facilities. Document all problem areas and submit repair requests to appropriate individual.



  1. 1. Updated your school's physical education website with any new information for the school year. Include things such as:
  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • Units and Yearly Calendar
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Special Events and Dates of Events 

2. Ask your administrators to include a "Welcome Back" message from the physical education teachers in back to school packets, e-newsletters, and other materials going home to parents and families.        

3. Work with the school's English as a Second Language staff to translate any communication going home to families if needed.

4. Prepare a back to school night presentation for parents. Consider including:

  • Assessment and grading information
  • Yearly physical education/health education plan
  • Safety procedures and expectations for behavior
  • List of what parents will need to provide you if their child is injured, ill, or needs to miss physical education class for any other reason

5. Create a welcome back bulletin board in the physical education area.   

Resources for Teachers!

1. Check out the newly revised National Standards for Physical Education.

2. Head over to Facebook and "like" SHAPE America. On any given day, you could engage with leading experts in the profession, including award winning K-12 physical, health and dance education teachers from across the country, even some you might find right in your own backyard.

3.Follow @SHAPE_America and the hashtag #shapeofthenation on Twitter to find links to relevant articles, free physical activity ideas to take to the classroom and to learn the latest changes taking place in school physical education. 

4. More of a visual learner? SHAPE America's on Pinterest too! Follow our boards to discover delicious and healthy recipes for the family, downloadable simple yet powerful infographics to help you advocate for quality physical and health education in your local schools and much more!

5. Review the Position Statements on the positive impact of school-based physical education and physical activity on student academics. 

6. A great resource for assessments is the PE-MetricsTM book and DVD.

7. Download a copy of Teacher Toolbox.

8. Attend a professional development workshop or conference over the summer or early in the new school year to get fresh, up-to-date ideas.

 Personal Wellness

1. Schedule time each day to participate in physical activities.

2. Make sure you get plenty of sleep.

3. Make healthy food choices using the USDA guidelines which can be found at here.

4. Be aware of signs of stress, such as headaches, irritability, and anxiety. Use stress release techniques, such as taking a walk, listening to relaxing music, reading, or journaling.

5. Introduce yourself to the new teachers in the building, and offer to develop and coordinate a staff wellness program. 


1. Meet with your principal to discuss schedule and frequency of physical education classes.

2. Establish equipment check-out protocol for classroom teachers.

3. Develop and post expectations for your classroom. Make sure the rules are short and positive. Develop protocols for behavior management.  

4. Review school policies and procedures for absences, emergencies, fire/tornado drill, playground, and transportation to/from school. Post procedures at all exits in your teaching space.

5. Review the school physical education curriculum. Develop/plan/align units of study with the scope and sequence suggested by the curriculum.

6. Establish grading and assessment procedures. 

7. Establish a locker room system. (i.e. lock distribution, locker assignment, and records management)

8.  Develop a substitute folder. Have class procedures, daily schedules and times, lesson plans and class rosters in the folder. 

 First Day of School

1. Greet the students at the door, start the class on time. 

2. Practice classroom management procedures. These may include finding a partner, stopping/starting, lining up, and how to get/put back equipment.

3. Plan ice breakers, cooperative games, and instant activities to use so students are active immediately when they enter the gymnasium.

4. Highlight activities and the yearly plan. Review assessment and grading criteria.

5. Explain and demonstrate the safety rules and expectations for behavior to students.

6. Explain how each lesson is formatted, starting with warm-up activities, then learning objectives, the main part of the lesson, closure, reflection, and cool down. 

7. Have students become familiar with disaster drills and procedures; include protocols for how to respond if there is an injury. Practice a fire drill on day one and day two of class.

8. Take students on a tour of all indoor and outdoor facilities and share any other information that students will need to know.  

Medical Information

1. Make sure your CPR and First Aid certifications are current.

2. Obtain a student medical conditions list from the school nurse. Post in a handy place, and become familiar with any critical needs that exist.

3. Pack a first-aid kit that you can carry with you. The kit should have bandages, tissues, disinfectant wipes, rubber gloves, an instant cold pack, small plastic baggies, and any student-specific allergy kits you must carry. The kit should also include a copy of the list of medical condition.


1. Learn the names of all administrators in the school and district.

2. Invite your principal to visit your classroom. Provide her/him with a schedule of special events that might be of interest and Quality Physical Education Tools.

3. Obtain a copy of the reporting process that will be used to evaluate your teaching performance during the school year. 

4. Provide the principal with a copy of the Physical Education Teacher Evaluation Tool.

5. Introduce yourself to the administrative assistants and the maintenance personnel.

6. Ask for a copy of the faculty handbook and school policies.

7. Prepare files with pertinent administrative forms that you will be required to use throughout the school year.

8. Ask your administrator to support you by providing leave for you to attend the SHAPE America National Convention in Seattle, Washington in March 2015. Ask if he/she has any professional development funding available for your trip.