SHAPE America Physical Education (PE) Twitter chats include various panelists of preK-12 and higher education PE educators as well as other Physical Education stakeholders. They cover a variety of topics in the profession, offer ideas, activities and best practices that align with SHAPE America's National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education.

We invite you to take a look at the questions before the chat and chime in using hashtag #SHAPEPhysEd.

Next chat September 23rd at 9:00 p.m. ET
How to Set Class Culture and Build Connections in PE
Panelists: Matthew Bassett @physedapps, Lori Bifarella @Penut2433, Kyle Bragg @ElemPE1


1. Tell us how your first days or weeks back in school have been, using max 3 words, or a .GIF.
2. In this chat, when we use the the word “culture”, we mean “the attitudes and behaviour characteristics of a group” or simply put “how we see and do things”? Does your school explicitly communicate a certain culture that it strives to establish? 3. How does your school’s culture influence the class culture you want to create in your classroom? 4. What are some examples of activities or strategies that you use to set a positive and inviting class culture and build connections between students? 5. What are some of the biggest challenges you face when establishing class culture and building connections between students? 6. Can you share/describe your favorite games or activities to build connections between students? 7. Tell us about a success story that came from purposefully addressing class culture and building connections at the start of the year.

Panelist Bios:

Matthew Bassett

Twitter: @physedapps

Matthew Bassett is a K-8 Physical Education Teacher at San Jose Charter Academy in West Covina, CA. Matthew is Nationally Board Certified, a presenter, active in CAHPERD, committee member for the Elementary Physical Education Workshop, an adjunct professor at CSU Long Beach, and a #PEGeek. In his spare time he loves to hang out with his family, go hiking, taking walks, kayaking, and all things Disney. 

Lori Bifarella

Twitter: @Penut2433

Lori Bifarella has been teaching Physical Education for 32 years.  Lori is the 2016 NYS AHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year and the 2018 SHAPE America Elementary Teacher of the Year Eastern District.  Lori does not have a blanket model of teaching as she believes there is no “one” way to achieve successful instruction for all. Her teaching methodology varies from class to class and year to year.  Lori embraces the changes of our profession and always strives to keep the kids first when applying the changes in her classroom. Her lessons carry a continual emphasis on respect, “Being Nice Matters!”.  It is wonderful when she sees her students demonstrate these traits beyond the gymnasium doors. One of her favorite quotes comes from Maya Angelou, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel!” 

Kyle Bragg

Twitter: @ElemPE1

Kyle Bragg is a National Board Certified Teacher, as well as the 2018 Arizona Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2010 from Illinois State University, where he played collegiate golf. He earned his Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University. Kyle utilizes technology to create developmentally appropriate lessons, which allow students to experience success and improve their physical literacy. Beyond the classroom, Kyle strives to inspire teachers by writing for journals and blogs, as well as presenting to groups on the local, state, and national levels. 

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