Physical Education National Workshops

PlayFit-Kids-Basketball-199x136Moving Bodies & Developing Minds in Physical Education

by Curt Hinson, Ph.D.

Throughout the year we offer a variety of workshops in various cities around the country that are open to anyone. These workshops are typically held at hotel conference centers in major cities and require an admission fee to attend. Below is a list of upcoming workshops and their location. Check back here often for updates on dates and locations.

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Workshop Description:

Moving Bodies & Developing Minds in Physical Education

by Curt Hinson, Ph.D.

Dr. Curt Hinson’s Physical Education workshop, Moving Bodies & Developing Minds, is an interactive and dynamic experience that provides participants with actual games, activities and teaching strategies they can implement immediately into their physical education curriculum. Participants in this workshop will learn dozens and dozens of hands-on games and activities for teaching fitness, manipulative skills, motor skills and social/emotional skills. This workshop includes: quick warm-up activities; fitness circuits; aerobic activities; cooperative games; sport lead-up games; motor skill tasks; motivational techniques; and more. In addition, participants will learn cognitive and affective learning activities that will increase problem-solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, as well as social/emotional development. Curt’s workshop is filled with fun, easy-to-implement games and activities to help offer success to all children, regardless of ability. Participants will walk away with a variety of activities they can go back and use the very next day! And, as thousands of teachers around the country have already learned, Curt’s motivational ideas and techniques help motivate every type of student.

The Moving Bodies & Developing Minds workshop is divided into three different parts:

  • FUN-ctional Fitness: A Moving Experience
  • Play With Your Brain: Developing Thinking Skills Through Movement
  • G.A.M.E.S: Games & Activities to Make Everyone Successful

Below is a description of what participants will learn in each section.

FUN-ctional Fitness: A Moving Experience

This part of the workshop includes hands-on games and activities for teaching various fitness components such as: aerobic endurance; flexibility; and muscular strength & endurance. Participants learn how to intrinsically motivate students to move and participate, as well as how to develop self-responsibility toward fitness. Most of the activities presented can be done in small or large groups and involve students in social/emotional skills such as cooperation, communication, and problem-solving.

Play With Your Brain: Developing Thinking Skills Through Movement

This part of the workshop includes hands-on games and activities for teaching a variety of manipulative and motor skills. Participants learn various brain-compatible cooperative games that focus on cognitive and affective learning, helping students to problem-solve, think critically and use their creativity. Many of the activities presented are adaptable and can be used in a partner, small-group, or large-group format.

G.A.M.E.S: Games & Activities to Make Everyone Successful This part of the workshop includes hands-on games and activities focused on sport lead-up skills and motor skill development. Participants learn various sport-centered games that use competition to enhance cooperation, not hinder it. The activities include partner, small-group and large group games.

About Curt Hinson

Curt Hinson, Ph.D., (also known as Doctor Recess) has been teaching for over 32 years. He taught at the elementary school level for 16 years and at the college level for over 16 years. He currently works as an educational consultant for PlayFit Education Inc., presenting staff development workshops for school districts, teachers, and students. In addition, he teaches in the on-line graduate program at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and is an adjunct professor at Rowan University in New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, a Masters of Education degree, and a BS degree in Health & Physical Education.

Dr. Hinson is the author of three books, Fitness for Children; Games Kids Should Play at Recess; and 6-Steps to a Trouble-free Playground. In addition, he has published over 50 articles related to teaching and is the creator of the “Trouble-free Playground” recess program for elementary schools.

Dr. Hinson has made presentations in all 50 states, as well as in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico. His practical, hands-on teaching techniques, along with his enthusiasm, make him one of the most dynamic educators in the country. He was the 1992 National Association for Sport and Physical Education Eastern District Teacher of the Year and the 1991 Delaware PE Teacher of the Year. He is a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America (SHAPE America); the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; and the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation. Dr. Hinson has been featured in the Wall Street Journal; Disney’s Family Fun magazine; and on the Fox News Network. His Trouble-free Playground program is currently being implemented in schools in all 50 states.


You will receive a handout of the material presented and a certificate of attendance. Activities will be demonstrated and you are welcome to participate at your own discretion.

Please dress appropriately.

Sorry, audio/video equipment is not permitted.

Books and other resources will be on display for purchase.

Participants are on their own for lunch.

Program Schedule

 8:00 -  8:30 am Registration
 8:30 - 11:30 am AM Session (with short break)
11:30 - 12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
12:30 -  2:30 pm PM Session
Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for PE Teachers in grades K-8; administrators; classroom teachers; and others interested in improving their PE curriculum.

Door Prizes

All workshop attendees will be eligible to receive valuable door prizes which include sports & PE equipment.

FOUR Easy Ways to Register
  • PHONE: Call 302-438-3257
  • FAX: 302-234-3168
  • MAIL TO: PlayFit Education Inc. | 1945 Melson Way | Hockessin, DE 19707
Substitutions and Cancellations

Substitutions can be made at any time. All cancellations must be made at least five (5) days prior to the workshop to be eligible for a 100% refund of prepaid fees. Cancellations received less than five (5) days prior to the workshop are eligible for refunds, less a $25.00 service charge. No refund for “no-shows.” Call us at 302-438-3257 or fax your substitution/cancellation to 302-234-3167.


Pre-registration: $139 per persion

At-the-door-registration: $159 per person

The registration fee includes: admission to the workshop; a certificate of attendance; and a handout of material presented.