Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Presidential Fitness Challenge (BEE Fit)

We are currently going over the fitness tests for the Presidential Fitness Challenge. We give the Gold BEE Fit Award for those who meet the Presidential requirements for all of the categories. For those that meet the national standards for the categories, or only made Presidential in some of the categories, but national in others, we award the Silver BEE Fit Award. We do these tests at the beginning of the trimester, and then provide an opportunity to do them again at the end of the trimester, so the students can improve their scores.

The gold and silver requirements are included below.

These are the requirements for the gold award.

These are the requirements for the silver award.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Zumba-- A great way to exerise and have fun!

Not everyone likes to do the same type of activity in order to exercise. Some people like to play basketball or soccer, others may like golf, running or swimming, others may like gymnastics or dancing. There is something out there that can interest everyone.

In Miss Beard's PE classes, we have been doing a variety of different types of physical activity. We just spent a couple of days doing Zumba. This would be a great thing to do at home. Below are the links for the Zumba videos we did in class.







I hope you are able to use these and continue to exercise on your own at home!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Digital Technology

Before I had a smart phone, I did not use digital technology nearly as much as I do now. I detest having to get on the computer when I'm at home, and I still refrain from turning on the computer as much as possible, although that is difficult with classes. I hardly ever use my iPod (maybe twice a month), and I try to limit myself only watching a movie once or twice a week, but I have noticed that at times my phone seems to be an extension of my right hand. When I need to quickly check something during a class I will pull up Wikipedia or my USU Canvas. When watching a movie, I will pull up IMDB and check out the actors, and many more things. I used to only get on Facebook once or twice a week, but now that I have it so accessible through my phone, I will get on several times a day. I also read blogs of several elite swimmers, that I will check several times a week.

I feel that digital technology can be overwhelming at times, and it would be useful to have days in the classroom, where we do not use any of this, but there are also many ways that it could be useful in a class setting. With coaching I have been able to notify parents and team members of things by posting them on the team Facebook page, or on the team website. By having a classroom blog, students can interact with each other outside of the classroom. I also feel that having learning modules or examples of work, where the instructor works through a couple of the homework problems could be very useful for students who need help when they are doing homework outside of the school. I think one of the main things, is having a couple of different options for students, so hopefully all students can be reached. For example, there might be a class blog, Facebook page, and website, so students could choose the format they are the most comfortable with. By linking to the other pages, you could still keep the workload for yourself as a teacher manageable.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Motivation in a PE (swimming fit-for-life class)

Welcome to Fit-for-Life! I am very excited to be teaching this class; I hope that we can have a good semester together. We will not only be learning how to swim or become better at swimming, but you will also have the opportunity to learn a little bit about strength training, healthy eating, and stress management.

Do you like to go boating, water skiing, wake boarding in the summer? Do you like to play at the beach? Do you like to go play at the pool with your friends on a hot summer day? Do you like to go swimming in the winter when there is too much snow on the ground to play outside? Do you like to sit in a hot tub in a cold winter's Friday night? Whichever water recreation you prefer, water is a very popular element in sports and activities, whether it's sitting in a hot tub, surfing at the beach, racing in the Olympics, or swimming the English Channel. There is a place for everyone in the water!

Have you ever heard of any of the following people? 

Katie Ledecky 
Ryan Lochte
Jason Lezak
Missy Frankilin
Natalie Coughlin
Michael Phelps

These are all Olympic Swimmers! Did you know that swimming is the number 2 most watched sport in the Olympics? Did you know that triathlons are one of the fastest growing sports-- the problem is that many of these people are good at running and biking, but are just learning to swim. With triathlons, open water swimming is a sport that is gaining popularity quickly.

Do any of these names ring a bell?
Matthew Webb
Gertrude Ederle
Lynne Cox

Matthew Webb was the first person to swim the English Channel, he swam it in 1875. Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel, she swam it in in 1926. Lynne Cox is currently considered the world's greatest open water swimmer.

Swimming is not only fun, but it is good for you as well. Did you know that an average sized male will burn 845 calories per hour, and and averaged sized female will burn 725 calories an hour? Did you know that there are many long term health benefits to swimming regularly? Exercise is also a great way to help relieve stress. I hope that this class can be fun, and that each of you will find something you like about swimming, physical exercise, or just keeping a healthy lifestyle in general.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Dearest writing, Oh how I love thee!

I absolutely love to write! I am writing all the time in one form or another. When I get bored in class--yes that does occasionally happen, instead of doodling in my notebook, I write letters so I can practice both my penmanship and trying to think of ways to use more catching and creative language. My love for writing is not a new thing, I have loved writing since I was a small child. My first experience that I remember with writing, was when I was six years old. I wrote a book about my favorite animal, it was very informative about dolphins, but is was also my first experience with persuasive writing; I was trying to convince everyone that dolphins should be their favorite animal as well. In my early years of college (freshman and sophomore years) my friend and I decided to entertain ourselves in true nerd fashion. We would provide each other with two very unrelated words, we then had to use those two words to create a sonnet for the other person. We would "grade" each others sonnet and only give it a "pass" if it followed all the rules of a true Shakespearean sonnet-- rhyming, line count, hard/soft syllables, etc. As nerdy as I know this to be, my friend and I absolutely loved doing it!

The hardest writing assignment I ever had, was when I had to write an essay that could only be one page long. This may sound desirable, but with a one page essay, you have to choose your words and prove your points very clearly, without any extra nonsense to take up space. I think an assignment like this would be a very good one for students to do in school. For a high school class, I would not be able to grade it as harshly as my professor, but I think this would be good for several reasons. In essays, which are a common thing in English classes, students often take up space by putting extra, random things and words in the paper. Also, many students are scared of having to write long papers; this is not long, but would also help kids get their point across concisely, without circling the topic, but not directly addressing it. I do not think that every written assignment should be done this way, but an occasional one, would I think, be beneficial.

I still write everyday in one form or another, now as an elite athlete, I use writing to share some of my experiences. Writing is my voice. Through writing, others can learn who I truly am. Remember, for you, writing can do the exact same. It doesn't matter if you like math, if you play and instrument, if you play basketball, if you swim, if you draw; choose to write. Express yourself!

Anyone can write!

Monday, September 2, 2013


My name is Joelle Beard and I hope to teach English as well as coach swimming. I love to read and write in my spare time, and I am currently in the process of writing a novel as well as a book on open water swimming. I also love to swim! I swim between two and three and half hours each day. In September 2012, I swam 26 miles across the English Channel and in August 2013, I swam 21 miles across the Catalina Channel.

I have always wanted to coach swimming, and part of coaching, means doing physical education, which is fun, even though swimming is my real love. I decided to be a teacher my senior year of high school when I took an AP English that I absolutely loved. I thought the teacher was amazing; I thought if I could be just like that teacher, I would be happy. I also like to read and write, and I think it is very sad that so many people in today's society cannot do either very well; I wanted to be able to help these people learn to appreciate reading and learn to express themselves through writing.  Literacy to me, is just that, being able to read and comprehend what they are reading, as well as being able to express their thoughts and ideas on paper.