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Sunday, November 20, 2011

NYS AHPERD Conference!

The 74th annual NYS AHPERD Conference took place this past weekend & I was able to attend Friday's events. Walking around the place was buzzing with Physical Education enthusiasts. I was able to go to over six different presentations as well as eleven exhibits, allowing me to learn new activities and new ways to incorporate health into Physical Education. It was a great educational experience and I even got to meet a ton of new people.
Listed are some of the exhibit booths I went to:
Biospace Inc., Greek Peak, GTM, Healthy Highway, NASP, Potato Hill Farm, Pykamo Golf, Ski Areas of NY Inc.,  SUNY Cortland, Tchoukball Inc., USTAE Inc. 

My most memorable person I met that day was Elaine from Potato Hill Farm's Outdoor Education Center which is located just outside of the Adirondack State Park.  
The OEC is a non-profit organization that enables children to explore the outdoors while learning during school months. The program is free for schools and students from qualified districts. 

After talking to Elaine for over 20 minutes, she began to tell me about an internship program that is available at the center for two weeks during the summer. I explained my interest in the outdoors and possibly teaching in the Adirondack's in the future. She then told me that if I was interested in becoming an intern this summer that they would be delighted to have me.  We exchanged contact information and will be discussing the internship this upcoming week.  

Going to the conference, even for just one day, was worth it! It was a great learning experience and it was pretty cool to see all the colleges coming together for Physical Education. 

Above are two pictures of different sessions I attended. All in all I attended six different sessions throughout the day:
- Tchoukball -Rope Jumping - W.E.L.L. 
- Teaching Lacrosse - Using Physical 2 Address NASPE 2 
-Add some A.R.T. to PE

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