Physical Education with Tandalay – more FAQ’s!
1. What makes Tandalay’s Physical Education Curriculum different from other P.E. programs? (Everything!)
a. Our philosophy
b. Our equipment
c. Our activities
d. Our ease-of-implementation
e. Our comprehensive approach
f. Our desire to make teaching quality PE easy for you and FUN for students.
g. Our commitment to excellence and success for everyone.
2. Who developed Tandalay and why?
a. Tandalay Curriculum is the brain-child of Tami Phillips, MS., Kinesiology. After years in the fitness industry, developing certification programs and teaching workshops for Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors, Tami began teaching the college course “PE for Children.”
b. Upon researching the current status of physical education in the city, state, and nation, Tami felt compelled to provide a solution. That solution needs to address a number of issues:
i. It needs to be simple so that teachers would not need to spend additional time in prep.
ii. It needs to be FUN so that students would WANT to participate
iii. It needs to be non-intimidating so that ALL students would feel successful and enjoy enhanced self-esteem.
iv. It needs to have lessons that did not entail a lot of set-up and multiple pieces of equipment for a single lesson.
c. Tandalay was developed to meet these needs in a point-click-and play format that anyone – from an aid or a high-school student, to a physical education specialist – could use to teach quality physical education. And we DID IT!!! Yay Tandalay!!
3. Where did the name Tandalay come from?
a. Tandalay is derived from the word “Tandy” found in the 1919 novel by Sherwood Anderson entitled Winesburg, Ohio. Tandy has a number of deep meanings, of which we barely scratch the surface of here. Tandy is a rare and beautiful quality found in certain individuals. It is strength that comes from defeat. It is the manifestation and evidence of God in a child. It is an ideal. “Dare to be strong and courageous. Venture anything. Be brave enough to dare to be loved. Be something more than man or woman. Be Tandy.”
b. We think of Tandalay as an opportunity to instill a sense of courage, a willingness to try new things, and a confidence that comes from within. Tandalay is perseverance, integrity, honor, and compassion.
4. Can I get hard copies of your curriculum or is it just online? Why?
a. Our curriculum is available online only, except by special request.
b. At Tandalay we like to keep evolving. Our work is never “done.” The online format allows for immediate updates and changes. Your subscription includes all updates and new features as they are introduced, eliminating the need for “new editions.”
c. As new information becomes available, and as changes occur in requirements and standards, we are able to address these changes quickly.
d. Our online program comes with complete online assessment program. You don’t need to install it or purchase it separately, it is simply available to you to begin using as soon as you sign up. Tech support is available anytime. Tandalay@comcast.net
e. If you like binders, we’ve made it simple for you to create and customize your own. If you find binders bulky, or if you tend to misplace your copies, then you can simply click-print-and play anytime!
f. If you would like us to provide a binder for you, please contact us at Tandalay@comcast.net and we’ll make one for you for $80 per developmental level.
5. What is the best way to print my lessons?
a. If you enjoy our daily lesson plan format, simply click “print” from your lesson plan window. Or you can highlight the game or activity of choice and click “print selection” from your print window.
b. If you’d like all of the games and activities from the entire unit printed off, simply click on the Unit Number and you’ll be taken to a pdf file for ease of printing.
6. How many lesson plans are available with my subscription?
a. For each developmental level (PreK-2; 3-5; 6-8) we have 30 weeks of lesson plans,
b. With five lessons each week, and 5 activities per lesson, that gives you 150 lesson plans, or 750 games and activities per developmental level, or a total of 450 lesson plans and 2,250 games and activities.
c. With your subscription, you have access to ALL of them!
7. What type of equipment will I need to teach these lessons?
a. Fluffilos! Yay Fluffilos! That’s all you need for a whole year of fun and games! Just kidding (sort of).
b. We have made a conscious effort to use just a few pieces of equipment per Unit to keep things manageable and cost-effective.
c. You can purchase ALL of the equipment used in our curriculum in easy-to-order packs.
Basic Pack – we recommend this pack for EVERY single teacher on campus. This pack includes easy-to-store, functional equipment that can be used indoors or out for literally thousands of activities!
Sports Pack – the equipment you’ll need for those fun sports units! We use the traditional equipment, but play in some non-traditional ways!
Fun Pack – add fun, color, and pizzazz with this action-packed equipment pack!
8. How much equipment should I order?
a. We recommend a classroom set of the Basic pack for EVERY teacher who participates in Physical Education lessons.
b. We recommend a grade level set of the Sports and Fun Packs, so that everyone in each grade can go out and play together!
9. What is a Fluffilo?
a. A Fluffilo is a large, fluffy, brightly-colored yarn ball. It is softer and less dense than a fleece ball, making it easier to catch and throw, leading to increased success and confidence,
b. Fluffilos were designed to take the intimidation out of Physical Education and they totally do that! Kids of all ages (even adults) LOVE them! No matter how hard you get hit with one, it simply doesn’t hurt! Yay!
c. Fluffilos come in sets of one-dozen different color combinations: 6 bright solid colors, and 6 mixed colors.
10. What is the best way to “grade” physical education?
a. Participation? No.
b. Attendance? No.
c. Effort? No.
d. Fitness testing scores? No.
e. Standards? Yes! Tandalay includes an easy-to-use assessment program based on ALL overarching physical education standards.
11. Why evaluate students according to standards for physical education?
a. NASPE (National Association for Sport & Physical Education) has established National Physical Education standards. For more information about these standards, please visit NASPE’s website.
b. Evaluating students based on the standards that have been established for physical education provides a fair and accurate measure, and provides consistency for educators and student learning. Attendance, participation, effort, and fitness test scores do not provide a fair or accurate representation of student achievement or success in physical education.
12. What are physical education standards?
a. NASPE says it best. Please visit their website at: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/publications/teachingTools/toolbox/index.cfm
b. Individual state standards will vary, but are either based on NASPE’s national standards, or have been revised to reflect them.
13. Who is NASPE?
a. National Association for Sport & Physical Education. Please visit NASPE’s website
14. How does Tandalay address the various state standards?
a. Tandalay’s standards are taken from NASPE’s list and supplemented with various state standards as well. All NASPE standards and benchmarks have been addressed and are the basis of our assessment program.
b. NASPE benchmarks and outcomes can be found here
15. How does the Tandalay standards-based assessment tool work?
a. We have divided up the standards into our unit structure.
b. Here’s a quick explanation and overview
c. You can check out a sample page here
16. How do I get started?
a. You can purchase your online subscription at www.tandalay.com.
b. Purchases may be made with a credit card, PayPal, or a purchase order.
17. How do I place an order?
a. For staff development workshops or other services provided by Tandalay, please send the information or purchase orders to:
Tandalay Curriculum, 2491 Alluvial Ave #1140, Clovis, CA 93611 or fax to (214) 481-6960 or e-mail to: Nancy@tandalay.com.
b. Call 888-609-1119 anytime!
18. What do I need to get started?
a. A Basic Pack for each teacher/class you are purchasing for. This pack includes complete online subscription for Tandalay Curriculum, and essential equipment for each teacher to have in the classroom for easy indoor and outdoor lessons.
b. Add-on Sports or Fun Packs for the number of players that will be participating on the field at one time. This equipment should be stored and shared.
19. Is there a special discount for districts or consortiums?
a. Absolutely. Please call our toll-free number 888-609-1119 to talk to a customer service representative.
b. Membership discounts, staff development workshops, and equipment discounts may be available.
20.When I registered I became the Site License Administrator (SLA). What is that?
a. The Site License Administrator is the individual who is in charge of distributing the rosters and assigning users.
b. An SLA can quickly and easily change user access and redistribute class rosters at any time.
21.I‘ve been granted access by my SLA. Now what?
a. Now you can simply login and begin enjoying our fun lesson plans, and utilizing our standards-based assessment program!
b. You can change your e-mail and password information at any time.
c. Technical support is available by e-mailing Tandalay@comcast.net.
23.Can we host a staff development workshop first, then decide if we want to move forward after that?
a. Absolutely! (Although we should warn you – we’ve had 100% of our schools sign up for the program following their workshop).
b. Host a risk-free staff development workshop – your payment will be credited towards your whole school purchase.
24.Can I get certified as a Tandalay Physical Education Specialist?
a. Tandalay offers PLAY Certification through http://tandalaycertification.com/
b. You can host a certification workshop, or get certified online!
25.This seems like a simple solution to a complex problem. Is it too good to be true?
a. Oliver Wendell Holmes said that he “wouldn’t give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity; but I would give my right arm for the simplicity on the far side of complexity.”
b. At Tandalay, that is our mission. To take the complex issue of physical education standards, grading, and teaching quality lesson plans, and simplify it so that it is not only manageable, but effective, educational, and FUN for everyone!