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Testimonials from American Educators

This just in from Brian - Glad I was of help Brian... Play on!

Today - Playing Ninja Ken, 7 Stones/Pitto (Moroccan version of "Caps" game)
& Cielo, Luna, Mar (Chilean version of "Poop Deck" activity) this week
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also using Turkey Darts, 12 Stone & Peteca games for my next free choice day in PE...
thanks again for the great activities, Mike!
You are a saint! 
Brian

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Hi!! Sorry it has taken so long for Sandy & I to write you.  We wanted to let you know what a fabulous job you did at the Waco workshop last year.  We got great ideas from you.  We also had soooo much FUN!!  We are becoming an IB school and we really impress our students and principal with all these amazing games from around the world. 

Charly Brown / Caldwell Heights Elementary / Roundrock ISD

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“Energetic and enthusiastic Mike Spiller presented a program of games to a group of forty Extended Day Staff-members that represented twelve elementary Extended School Day Programs.
We laughed, played, and enjoyed the day together!
The recreation segment of our program will never lack for playful fun or physical activities.”

Bryan / College Station / Extended Day Director

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“Spiller’s seminar was totally stimulating for me and my students.”

Director / St. Anthony’s Private School / Kailua, Hawaii

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G R E A T !! Mike Spiller's Games of the World seminar was the most beneficial workshop I have ever attended. Lots of fun and knowledge for a life-time.

Director / Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

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Thank you again for a great day! I appreciated the way we were always moving and participating.
I also liked how all the games were printed for us in detail. You are an excellent teacher and speaker and I would love to have your job!
You make it look like so much fun!
Sincerely / Karen Harr / Elementary Teacher

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It was great meeting you at our recent conference.
Thanks for the dynamite presentation and your dynamic presence.
Our staff is still talking about you and sharing your games with the less fortunate who didn't attend your session.
Carol M. - Houston Outdoor Education Dept. / Trinity, Texas

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Mike - Thanks a lot for putting these great packets together and thanks also for the extras you included.
We are using some of the ideas as indoor recess activities from a package I bought previously
when you had a workshop in the Seattle area several years ago. I also use your ideas for P.E. stations,
introductory activities and ending activities.
Alex Dail / Teacher Seattle, Washington

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Games of the world was an awesome experience. Mike is full of energy and knowledge that is absolutely contagious!
We have already played several games with our middle schoolers and they really enjoyed the activities.

Thanks so much for sharing~

Tami Sisk / Girls Coordinator/PE / Creekview Middle School / Fort Worth,Texas

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The PE workshop was very motivational for teachers in grades K-12. Many of the activities bring out the "holistic" development that physical education is seeking.
Mary Urand

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Mike Spiller is the best clinician I've ever worked with!
Not only is he full of energy and ideas that will benefit any program involved with kids or games, but his enthusiasm is an inspiration for all for a life time.
I highly recommend his seminar. It will be very educational and beneficial and possibly the most fun you'll have all year.
Margaret Wilmerding / PE Consultant

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Killeen ISD / Games of the World In-service Day
What a great time we had in Killeen during the full-day Games of the World In-service.

WHAT WAS SAID...

My name is Vicky Branch and I attended the workshop for Killeen ISD on Monday, Jan. 28. 
It was a great day of learning and thank you for sharing your games from around the world. 

Vicky L. Branch /  Physical Education Teacher /     East Ward Elementary
 

Good afternoon, Mike!  I hope you have recovered from your day in Killeen!  Thank you again for a great day! 
I have been getting e-mails today still thanking me for having you come in…  I have enjoyed getting to know you. 
I wish you well in all you do!  You have an amazing knack for teaching teachers…
Trish Brown / Secondary Curriculum / Killeen, TX

I enjoyed all of the games that Mike showed us at the workshop!
We've already played several of them and the kids all love them!

Fun new games to play!

Michelle Vernon / PE Teacher / Killeen ISD / Killeen, Texas

Leander ISD Testimonials for Games of the World Training

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful learning time at our February Conference.  I learned a lot of fun games I can integrate in my Bilingual Kindergarten classroom! 
Thank you as well for all the other games you shared with us at your booth.

 It was a pleasure to meet you and participate in you classes Happy-feet and World games at Vista Ridge HS/ Leander ISD conference. 
All the information and knowledge that you shared was great stuff, your passion for life and the world of games really shows.
 I bought 2 books Cooperative Fun and Global Games they are loaded with great stuff also the tip about beach balls at the end of the season will be helpful.

Thank-you so much for presenting at our Feb Conference this week.
Your games and ideas were wonderful. I plan to put some into use tomorrow with my classes!
I was one of the lucky teachers who played with you on Tuesday in you Games from Around the World session.

Thank so much for coming to the LISD February conference.  Your wealth of knowledge concerning all the different games is amazing.

"Mike made a big impact on our teachers at our annual February conference.
He presented many games and activities that kept our teachers engaged and wanting more.
 He shows us games that the teachers use to build relationships within the class.
He teaches us games that he has learned from people all over the world."

Sam Houston Elem. School Testimonials / Denton ISD / Spillers' GOW Workshop

I attended your workshop today at Sam Houston Elementary School.  I am starting my 11 year teaching PE and this was hands down the best workshop I have attended. 
I am ready to get back in my classroom and introduce these new ideas and games. 
I am also going to share with the classroom teachers so as they learn about new countries, they can also learn some recreational games!
Thanks!!  Lisa Dorrell

 No matter how many times I have attended your workshops, I always come away with several new ideas!  Thanks for caring so much about physical education... Donna Kerner

 I want to assure you that I enjoy coming to all of your in-services.  They are active, fun, and very educational. 
I have had the pleasure to attend two of your meetings and I can honestly say that I have learned so many new things both times. 
You do an amazing job in HELPING OTHERS TO HELP OTHERS!!!!!  Keep up the amazing work and you are an inspiration in bringing multicultural activities into the classrooms. 
Kevin Birdwell

 I enjoyed your games and your enthusiasm.  It was very motivating and a great way to get this year kicked off.  Thanks!  Kathy Knight

 Once again I want to say that it was awesome, as always.  Thank you.  John Servello

We really enjoyed your workshop, it gives us a lot of new games and warm-ups.  Thank you for coming to DISD.  Thanks,  Stacy Inman

 I really enjoyed your workshop yesterday in Denton. I learned LOTS of new activities to use with my students. Thanks!  Leigh Kitchens

 Hi Mike!  Just wanted to let you know that you did a great job presenting yesterday!  I left your presentation with lots of new ideas!  Thank you for your time!  Kelly Folsome

 Mike – Thanks for a great staff development presentation.   Dale Hudson

 Thanks so much for your great games!!   Barbara Burns

 Thank you for a wonderful day of fun!  I love the new games and I appreciate you sharing them with us Wednesday!!  Susanna Clayton

Some other folks liked Mike's Workshops

After traveling to over forty countries around the world, Mike has brought home just what educators of ALL ages need!
Inexpensive games, complete with the village language, made with materials that you probably already have on hand.
Great fun from seminar/class to sharing the games with students!!!
Thanks Mike! Connie Tebow, Deer Creek-Lamont Schools, Oklahoma

 I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated all of the games and information you shared with me.
You are truly a master teacher and greatly enrich my life each time I attend your workshops.
I love your high energy humorous pace, but most importantly I appreciate the hundreds of instructional games and activities you provide to all who attend your seminars. 
You are a wonderful guide through history and cultural relevance as we explore, revitalize, and discover physical education.
Sincerely, Scott Kehoe

Mike, out of the nineteen years of teaching i have enjoyed your workshops above all of the others. Keep up the great work!
Max Cox / Brookhollow Elementary / Pflugerville, Tx.

 There is not a day go by that I do not use some game I learned from Mike Spiller. 
There are days that all the class is games from Mike Spiller. 
My students love all the games that Mike has taught me or I have gotten from many of his books. 
He has changed my class so much.  I always look forward to go and see Mike in workshop so I can bring back new games. 
Thanks, Amanda Krejci
 PS.  The workshop in San Angelo was outstanding.  Thanks for all the new ideas for this school year!!!!

 “Mike’s enthusiasm was a great asset to our event.  Mike’s activities throughout the week brought a special flavor to our event. 
He could always be found throughout the week keeping our kids entertained by running games and activities. 
We had not used someone to motivate and entertain our participants in the past. 
I think that Mike has convinced us to use him or someone like him from now on”. 
Tom

A testimonial from ASI Gymnastics

You are an awesome individual; I am better for having spent just a small amount of time with you! 
Not sure you even know the impact you’ve had on me and ASI…because of you I bust out my teeth almost every day and bring a smile to the face of a child…
I’ve even worn them in our High Performance Team meetings on Fridays!!

 

Hope you have a great Holiday season Mike!  You’re the COOLEST!
Mike Barnack / ASI Gymnastics / Facilities and New Construction Mgr.

Here are some more testimonials for teachers everywhere...

Hey Everyone, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much my Camp and Counselor’s needed your training.  To help refresh your memory, our three camps joined together and asked the Physician of Phun to come for the last day of staff training and teach games that could be used anywhere, and any time.  The training was fun and educational.  You were able to take a tired staff that had just finished a hard week of intense training and motivate and energize them into a staff that was ready to take on campers.  We had so much fun learning.  In fact it felt like play.  You taught us many games and then provided the books that described each game in detail so we could remember them later.  Little did I know that later would come the first week of camp.  Our first week of camp last year started with rain that lasted for 4 days of the 5-day camp.  We had a camp full of pinned up teenagers.  We needed to have some fun games that would keep campers interested and burn energy in a confined space.  Your games did all this and more.  We were able to keep the campers busy through 4 days of rain using the games in your books.  All the campers went home feeling like they had a great time and most of them came back for other sessions.  Thank you, the service you provided was well worth the money we spent.  In fact it paid for itself our first week of summer camp last year.  Keep up the good work.  Len Masengale, Executive Director, YMCA Camp

My name is Amanda Krejci and I teach at Sterling City ISD, Sterling City, Texas.  I first saw Mike many years ago at a TAHPERD convention.  I loved his material and bought many of his different game books.  I find something new every time I look. His games of fun don't require tons of equipment and are so easy to understand and play.  I introduced him to our Region Service Center and he has done numerous presentations for the teachers in this area.  He is outstanding and his material matches that too.  My kids love the games and never get tired of any of them.   You can not go wrong with Mike Spiller and his many games!

 Thanks a lot for putting great packets together and thanks also for the extras you included. We are using some of the ideas as indoor recess activities from a package I bought previously when you had a workshop in the Seattle area several years ago.  I also use your ideas for P.E. stations, introductory activities and ending activities. Alex Dail

Hi! I just wanted to send you an e-mail saying thanks! I was a counselor for 2 years and one of the co-camp directors last year for the City of Arlington. We always had trainings with you and they were always my favorite training days! =) Now, I'm an elementary education major at The University of Texas at Austin. I have a class about Physical Education and we had to find a game to teach to our class that requires little or no equipment and can be related to another academic area. Well, I want to say thank you because I had no trouble finding one! I remembered your website and now I'm just having trouble on deciding which game I want to teach. Thanks for everything you do and keep up the great work!
Lorelei Scanlan

 Dear Mr. Spiller,  On behalf of Fort Worth After School, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your participation in our annual Fall Training.  We are deeply grateful for your support, generosity and expertise.  As you know, Fort Worth After School hosts two annual trainings for over 600 staff members who work at 74 program sites.  Your session provided unique programming to a multitude of students.
Our mission is to enable quality needs-based after school programs in a safe environment that result in educational, physical, and social development for elementary, middle, and high school students.  It is through the support of individuals like you that we are able to continue to strengthen our programs and to develop new and innovative opportunities to serve our youth, families and communities.
Your professionalism, timeliness, and materials were such a support to the staff and educators who attended that day.  I sincerely hope you will keep us in mind for future trainings.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything you need from Fort Worth After School. 

Amber Kwiatkowski / FWAS Coordinator / Fort Worth, TX

 Testimonial for Mike Spiller—A World of Games
When Mr. Spiller came into the classroom, the students were immediately drawn to him.  He was friendly with the students, and peaked their curiosity.  The games he set up around the classroom were so different, but they all had something in common:  they introduced diversity and teamwork to the students with a fun twist. When Mr. Spiller was explaining the games, I was worried the students would only care about winning, or the level of entertainment the games provided.  However, to my surprise, questions that were asked included “What country does this game come from?” or “What was it like playing the games with natives from that country?”  The students were enthralled with the history and skill behind the games.  When it came time to play the games, Mr. Spiller suggested that rather than a rotation, the students merely choose which game(s) they would like to play.  Again, I was worried that every student would line up behind one or two games.  Again, I was wrong!  The students took ownership of the experience and traveled around as they pleased to get a good idea of each game.  They interacted with classmates outside of their typical “cliques” and shared unique experiences that they had before been so timid to attempt.  Students were motivated and encouraged by Mr. Spiller.  They even told him that they wish they could have his job when they grow up!  Mr. Spiller opened doors of opportunity that my students continually step through each day by expanding their minds through the art of games.

Kimberly McGann / Forest Road School in LaGrange Park, IL

 Mike, I survived my 1st field day, with help from you. I designed my field day using 10 of your games and fun ideas. Wow, we had a blast and I wanted to thank you for all you taught me in March at a Denton workshop. I’m still learning from your books and I’m glad I had the opportunity to meet you.  Please put me on your mailing list so I won't miss you next year.
Jan Tidwell / Lovejoy Elementary PE

 Hi Mike, I just wanted to take a minute of your time to tell you that I attended your workshop at UCO in Edmond, Ok this past summer.
Anyway, I have been playing several of your games with my classes so far this year and they are loving each one.  Thanks for some great ideas!
 
Debbie

 My name is Debbi and I am the Aquatics Director for a Park and Recreation Commission.  My department also is responsible for Special Programs that are not sports.  About 4 years ago while attending a State Parks and Recreation Conference, I was blessed to attend a session presented by Mike Spiller.  From the moment I walked into the room I knew I was in for a treat.  The session was totally hands on with activities that kept us moving the entire time.  It got me to thinking about how easy it would be to take these activities and use them to create a Day Camp.  I had not ever pursued the idea of a day camp because the task of creating activities was way too much work.  To make a long story shorter, We have now completed 4 years of IYQ (I Like You) Summer Day Camp with huge successes.  Nearly all activities used at the 6 week camp are from Mike Spiller's books and ideas.  The kids love them, the counselors love them and I truly could not offer what we do without them.  I have used the same activities with 5 year olds, middle school students, teens, senior citizens, my lifeguards for team building and at my own family reunions.  My co-workers and family thought I was a genius---I would love to take credit for that kind of talent, but I ALWAYS fess up and let them know who the real genius is----Mike Spiller / Games of the World.  Thanks for making my life a whole lot easier.  Keep them coming!!!   Debbi Davidson, Arkansas City Recreation, Arkansas City, Kansas.

 Mike Spiller is great!  I have been associated with him for ten years and have nothing but positive experiences with him as a conference planner, in my own interactions at sessions and with him working directly with my camp staff and recreation leaders.  He helped springboard our Programming Our World (POW) Conferences several times as keynote speaker and session presenter and has also been dynamic at a variety of other conferences I have attended.  In addition, possibly the best experience we had was with our camp staff and recreation leaders...without a doubt you can't leave a session with Mike without being energized and having a full slate of practical and ready-to-go activities for children.  He is definitely a "can't miss" addition to any staff training or workshop!  Darren Hurley, CPRP / City of Dublin (OH) Recreation Services

 Good afternoon Mr. Spiller, I attended your workshop in Mesquite last year and was absolutely blown away by your presentation! I am in a new school district now and have an average of 85 students per class. Unfortunately, through my move I have misplaced the handout we received during our in-service and I am desperate to implement your activities with my large classes. I wanted to know if I could get a copy of that handout again. I am sure you do many workshops and I am not sure if you have many different handouts. The one I am interested in had a lot of large group activities involving bean bags, hoola hoops, beach balls, etc. I would greatly appreciate a duplicate copy. Thanks so much for your consideration and I want to let you know that your workshop was the most helpful of any I have attended. Take care and I hope to hear from you soon.   Rebekah Chacón /  / Physical Education / Harrison Intermediate School

 Mike Spiller has been a friend of this community for years after growing up here as a child.  He has been able to give back to the children that now reside in Bellaire.  In a day camp environment, with a lot of return business, it is that much more important to have variety.  Each year we pick up a handful of new games to add to those old favorites.  The attention levels rise as behavior problems fall with FUN new games each summer.  Mike's teaching style grabs the staff’s curiosity which makes it a much easier "sell".  Some of our favorite games each summer are courtesy of Games of the World.  Thanks Mike for continuing to be a presence in my summer camp. 
Buster Adams / Bellaire Parks and Recreation Director

 Mike, You were awesome!!!  Everyone is still talking about how great your sessions were!!!!  Keep in touch. Susie Gilinsky

Mike's Native American Trails Workshop offered the participants not only an opportunity to learn new games, but also a chance to learn more about the culture of many of the children they work with.  The participants all raved about the things they learned and shared it with others throughout the conference.  As the convener of the conference, I found that Mike is always on and ready to share his vast knowledge with others.  He is playful and helpful, stepping in to help out in any way he can.  Pam Collins / AAE Regional Director

Mikes presentation on the Indian games was fantastic. He incorporated the history of the games with the fun of the games. His workshops are very hands on and you also get a chance to make a lot of the items that you use for the games. We played many games throughout the day and even learned to play a blow dart game. The history and knowledge of the games makes you appreciate the culture even more!! 
Jennifer Wilbanks / Salesmanship Club /
Dallas Texas

Comments from some of the participants at the Ohio State Parks and Recreational Conference.

 Great to have a bunch of grand games demonstrated so I can go home and put them to work.

Better understanding of programming for youth and special needs.

Very entertaining and interesting – the time went so quick! 

I will benefit greatly… I now have games for my playground program and for inclusion activities.

 Mike was very professional; nice mix of fast and slow-paced activities.

 These were great team and inclusion game ideas.  Wonderful self-esteem building and acceptance activities.

 Wonderful presentation – very enthusiastic, caring, and informative.

 I feel so good after a session with the Texas Games Guru.

 Excellent – best seminar I have attended this year!

 I learned new games to use with my youth and senior programs

 Mike Spiller is great – he makes people smile!

A nice testimonial from a super educator in Minnesota / 2011

Mike Spiller taught all my PE classes and it was like a workshop for me. 
In the course of the day, Mike taught at least 50 games and activities. 
The students loved him and we had fresh new ideas.  Mr. Mike had activities appropriate for a variety of lyceums.

Mrs. J. Windom