Team Teaching – The Future of Education

Team teaching, what’s that?

Defined

Technically, this is when teachers work together with equal responsibilities concerning classroom management, planning, teaching, and assessing.

Teaching Partner

This semester I’ve had the awesome opportunity to work with a colleague in a team teach situation. This happened just by chance. Our normal class sizes are 45-50 students per class, but somehow our 5th-period class rosters were really low.  She was scheduled 11 students and I was scheduled 20 students. We thought this would be a great time to learn from each other and give our students the best of each of us.

This is Leslie!leslie-circle

She is the wonderful educator I have the pleasure of working with this year during 5th period. She brings a totally different viewpoint and strengths to physical education than I have. She truly sees each child as individual, wants to make sure every student succeeds, and brings a perspective to teaching that a lot of our students have.

Collaboration

We knew from the beginning that it would take a lot of communication and give and take on both our parts. We’ve both been teaching for a long time and are not used to sharing students and lessons. True team teaching is hard work, but truly a learning experience for both us and the students.

It’s obvious the more effort you put into planning, deciding who’s teaching what, the better the lesson and learning will be. We have had some lessons that we planned way in advanced and other lessons that were planned an hour before the class.

Reflection

What we called a lot of communication wasn’t enough. We could tell from facial expressions, body language, and amount of talking when one of us wasn’t happy with what was going on.

I know from my side of the team, I have to get out of the way a little more. I don’t know everything and there are areas where Leslie is a lot stronger and I need to let her go so the students can benefit.

I know that there have been times when I’ve been a little too pushy and I need to listen better.

The Future

For second semester we are going to do our best to plan together better. We know with better planning more learning will take place. For both the students and us.

I’ve also been thinking about trying to team teach with our other teaching partner. I think it would be a great experience for us all.

Questions

Have you ever been in a team teaching situation? How did it go? What strategies did you have in place to make sure that there was equal planning, teaching, and assessing?

We really want to hear your thoughts!

 

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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QR Codes & How to Use Them

Teachers these days need an easy way to incorporate technology into their classrooms. One of the easiest ways to do this is with QR codes.

What is a QR code you may ask. It is in basic terms a bar code just like you would see at the market. QR codes are usually square instead of rectangular.

A QR code can hold all types of information. It can hold website links, pictures, and text just to name a few.

In this video we discuss how to make a QR code on www.qr-code-generator.com and I give you QR codes you can scan to give you over 60 different ways to use them in your class.

 

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Risky Business

How did you learned this lesson?

Risk

What is risk? I believe it is getting in a situation that pushes someone to go slightly (or more) out of risktheir comfort zone to accomplish a task. I guess you could also say it’s doing something you haven’t done before.

Risk Taking in Education

I’ve been thinking lately about how to teach my students about taking risks and learning that failure is ok. It’s part of the learning process. Everybody does it!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about failing the class. I’m talking about misunderstanding of a concept or not doing a particular skill correctly.

The problem about talking about taking risks or not being afraid to fail is they believe that exact myth. They are scared to fail or try something new that might make them fail because they have been so trained that failing is bad.

An Atmosphere of Risks

The best way I can think of to teach this is by letting my students see me fail and/or tell them stories of how I have failed in the past. After they see that failure is ok ask them to share situations where they have failed in the past and what they learned from it. Then I can put them in specific situations in class where there will be a big chance of failure.

If we want our students to learn to take risks we have to make our class atmosphere a risk taking atmosphere. Risk has to be planned for on purpose. Students have to be put in uncomfortable situations until they become comfortable. Then we have to find a new way to push them forward again.

Risky Situations

So, what are some situations that students many students find uncomfortable or risky?

  • Giving a presentation in front of the class
  • Performing a new skill
  • Working in a group
  • Taking assessments
  • Creating projects

Just to name a few.

What do you do?

What do you think? How do you put your students in situations that might be difficult or risky? How do you create this type of atmosphere for learning in your class?

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Make sure to further the discussion in the comments! I really want to know what you think.

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body come Together!

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Podcasting in the Classroom

Did you hear that? I so want to try this in my classes…

As an educator I’m always trying to find new ways to assess students. I want the assessment to be as stress free, relevant, and streamlined as possible. So, I’ve been thinking about assessing in smaller chunks. Who says that you have to give students a lot of information and then test them at the end of a big unit?

I know some students share their learning best by writing, drawing, rapping, or singing. I think that there are also some students who can relate what they know best by speaking.

So, how do I let the students who present knowledge better by speaking show what they know without having to do class presentations all of the time? It takes to long a lot of times to put together a video. How can I listen to and assess their learning when it’s good for me?

podcast-imagePODCASTS!! Yeah, that’s what I can do. So how do I make this happen? Is there an app I can use? How will the students get their recordings to me? Questions, questions, questions!

Here’s one of my ideas.

When I get so far into a topic I will give students options on how they would like to be assessed. For those who are better speakers and choose podcasting I will have my iPad mini available with earbuds for the microphone (to help cut out some of the background noise), a partial script that every student will use to introduce themselves, and questions for them to answer.

During class I will let speakers leave the activity one or two at a time to go to the iPad and make their podcast. They will login to their Google Drive and upload the audio file to Google Drive then attach the link of the audio file into Google Classroom.

I have also been toying with the idea of having my students create blogs with Blogger or websites with Google Sites for their sportfolios. If I have them do this they could very easily take the audio file and link it to their blog or Google Site.

I found an amazing FREE podcasting app called Boss Jock Jr. that I will have the students use.

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Hey, I can do that for you too. I will upload a video to  my YouTube channel that you can use with your students.

I think giving the students the ability to do this will be easier for them to show their learning and make it more convenient to assess what they have learned.

If you have any other great ideas on how to use podcasting in your classroom make sure to share in the comments. I really want to know what you think!

For another example of podcasting in the classroom check out The Next Book on your student’s reading list…and how to build a podcast around it. This is from the TED-Ed Blog by Laura McClurg. It shows a great way to really get students engaged in a new form of learning and assessing.

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body come Together!

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Teaching in a Changing World!

Teacher/Leader have your students done this before?

Why, why, why?

the real lifeConnecting education to the real world is challenging. Students and parents want to know the “why” when it comes to learning. As a parent, I’m the same way. Why do my children need to know what you are teaching to succeed in the world?

Today’s students and parents are more savvy of the workings of school, society, and the world than even just 20 years ago. What we do in our classrooms needs to prepare students for a new way of life. Blue collar jobs seem to be on the decrease and more opportunities are coming in the form of technology.

My Reality

Over the last several weeks I have been thinking about this a lot. Is my teaching changing or impacting lives? If so, how do I know? If not, how do I know? I, as a professional, want to make sure I’m giving the students the best I have to give.

So, since I rarely get any testimonials from former students I have to rely on my own reflections and the reflections of current students. This is the best I have to go on right now. I’d love to have more former students come back and let me know what they really needed or tell me that what I was doing was spot on.

I’ve been struggling trying to figure out if what I’m doing is effective. I’m trying to make my classes more relevant to what this generation needs to live long, healthy, fun, risk taking, active lives.

For the Future

I’ve been trying to come up with ideas on how to give my class more meaning to my students. I’vefuture thought of:

  1. Walk and talks discussing what exactly physical education is. So many students still think physical education is physical activity class.
  2. Think, Pair, Share about what the students want to be able to know and do by the end of the school year.
  3. Incorporating a #physed 101 series of lessons needed as a foundation to developing personal fitness plans and making fitness plans for friends, families, and community members.
  4. Making real world connections to the lessons. For instance, when teaching offensive and defensive strategies and relating those strategies for living life.

What do you think?

How do you know what if you are doing is effective? What plan do you have in place to make sure you are meeting the needs of your student’s future self?

I challenge you to reflect, but don’t just think about what went well and what didn’t. Have your students reflect about your class and what they would do to improve it.

Write down your ideas and have the students ideas written as well so you don’t forget what you wanted to change or keep the same. You might just need to change the way you are teaching a certain topic just to make it more relevant to your students.

Changing Times

spiral clockWith the world chaining the way it is we as educators need to be looking for new ways to deliver content and motivate students. Do whatever it takes to make your students succeed!

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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Really?! Not Again!

It’s been a really long time since I thought this…

Where I Came From

you are here15 years ago teaching in a Catholic school in Missouri. 100% parent participation. Absolutely no behavior problems. Seeing real learning taking place.

This was all before the world became small with social media. I was big headed enough to believe I was the best physical education teacher in the world. Pretty arrogant, huh?

I’ve grown up since then and have found out what the difference is between good and great teaching. I put myself at the bottom of the good category watching and learning from all those great teachers on Twitter and Voxer.

 

What have I learned over the years?

  1. Don’t get too big for your britches – someone will always put you in your place.
  2. Work with others (virtually or in person) is better than working by yourself.
  3. Never quit learning – if you’re not going forward you are going backward.
  4. The world is bigger than you do something that will impact the life of another.
  5. Always search for truth and live by it

Realization

I’ve discovered that I’m not making my teaching real for my students. I use all these wonderful models in my classes. Things like TGfU, Sport Ed Model, SOLO Taxonomy, and others. Students are learning, but are they making the connection to life. Am I really doing justice for my students?

My students can tell me what I want them to know, but are they applying it to there life? Will they remember what they learned after they leave my class?

These thoughts make me want to change what I am doing again. Like I did about 5 years ago.

Really!

IMG_0014Well most of you don’t know this. My wife, Shannon, is getting her teaching credential to become a physical education teacher. Every once in awhile she’ll ask for advice on one of her college assignments. I’ll do the best I can to help her out.

So, one thing I’ve made sure to do is to introduce her to the TGfU model. After know her for 25 years I knew that this would be very beneficial for her style of teaching. She has taught before, just not in the public school setting.

The first thing I did was to show her the #physedagogy video with Mel Hamada teaching about TGfU. If you haven’t watched it yet you should. It will change how you teach.

Shannon wrote a very detailed lesson plan for one of her classes. She based the lesson off of what she learned from Mel’s video plus added some of her own creative activities to the lesson. I was probably the best lesson I’ve ever seen that connect what we do in the gym to real life.

Reflections

How have I not seen how to do this in my own teaching? I’ve only been doing this thing for 20 years.

This summer is going to be busy with changing pretty much everything I do. My goal is to make sure I put my students first, not fancy teaching models or technology or new fangled assessment methods.

STUDENTS!

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Blog, Blog, Blog!

I bet you’ve never read anything like this before…

There’s so much information in the world today, it’s very hard to determine what is good and what is not.

There are so many people in the blogosphere that claim to be experts in their given content, so you have to be good at telling the bad from the good and the good from the great!

We are in week three of developing our Personal Learning Network (PLN). This week we will show you how to pick the right blog(s) for you to read and give you a few good ones to begin with.

I’m also going to share with you my favorite app to organize the blogs I follow into one nice, neat, place.

What’s a blog?

A blog is a short piece of written content. People use blogs to provide information and to sell products. It’s usually written by individuals or companies and in normally written in conversational style. They are usually updated very quickly.

 

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Why should you read a blog?

Blogs should be read because they are fairly short reads and packed full of content. Blogs can be read pretty much anywhere:

  • In line
  • On your conference period
  • In department meetings (to discuss the content)
  • At home
  • On your computer
  • On your tablet or phone

Recommendations

Mr. Physical Education                                 Drowning in the Shallow

The P.E. Geek                                                 iPhys-Ed.com

The Physical Educator                                  PYP PE with Andy

Brilliant or Insane                                          Mel Hamada

PHYSEDAGOGY                                              PE4Learning

Move Live Learn                                            Physed Review

Mr. Metcalf PE                                               Fit2Be Smart

These are some of the best in the field of physical education. If you need help finding one in your area of content let me know! I’ll find a good one for you.

I encourage you take a look at all of these different blogs. There is so much to be learned by these educators who have been teaching for a long time and sharing for  a long time.

Don’t forget!

To keep up with these blogs it is very respectful to subscribe. Plus, if you subscribe you will be alerted to when the next blog is available by email.

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Also, a lot of bloggers give out extra incentives to subscribe and subscribers are also given extra content for being loyal. Bloggers may produce email or video courses, ebooks, and other downloadables for their subscribers.

Now I know you can’t subscribe to everyone and I don’t expect you to, but for your favorites I highly recommend it.

Keeping up

I do want to show you an incredible little app that I love to keep track of all of my blogs. It’s app that keeps them all in the same place and makes it incredibly easy to look for updates.

The app is called Feedly.

 

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Give it a try!

Lastly

I not only want to encourage you to read blogs, but I want to inspire you to write a blog. So many bloggers start out by blogging just for themselves as a way to reflect and share what they are doing in their classes.

Reflecting is a great thing that all teachers should be doing. I know most of us do reflect in our minds, but it’s much more powerful and life changing if you write it down and get feedback from your PLN.

I dare you to leave a comment. Tell me which blogs you read and tell me the link to your blog so I can subscribe to you.

If this inspired you to give reading blogs a chance feel free to share this post with someone else who could benefit!

 

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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My phone can do that?

Have you ever had a conversation with 30 people at the same time on your phone? Look at this…

Last week I ranted and raved about how good Twitter was. It still is great. I love it! It’s really my to go to social media site for professional development. But guess what boys and girls? Twitter has a big brother and it’s name is a Voxer.

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Voxer

Voxer can do everything that Twitter can do, but there’s a cool twist. You get to actually hear the voice of the teachers that you have been collaborating with on Twitter. Also, you’re NOT limited to 140 characters. You can talk pretty much as long as you want. But there are unsaid Voxer rules. No one wants to really listen to a 10 to 20 minute vox. So we try to keep them to 2 to 5 minutes at the max.

Voxer is a different kind of beast. You can get into several different Voxer groups. Such as:

  • secondary education
  • elementary physical education
  • Google Classroom
  • standards-based grading
  • SOLO taxonomy
  • general PE group
  • Hack Learning

I’m sure I’m missing some. There are groups for pretty much every content area.

Outside the group

You can also do what they call a side-vox. This is basically when you want to go more in-depth with a single person from a group about a certain topic or lesson and you just want to vox them alone, one-on-one outside of the group.

The craziness of Voxer

Being in Voxer can be very overwhelming at first, especially if you’re in a lot of groups. If you miss a day or two you could easily be a couple hundred voxes behind.

I know when I first joined Voxer it made me want to quit. I wanted to hear the whole conversation, but I just didn’t have the time. I had to learn to just join in where the chat was at and go on from there.

Response time

One of the nice things about Voxer is that it seems people respond a little quicker then they do on Twitter. I think this is because people have their phones on them and they can just throw out a quick message whether they’re in between classes, in the gym, or whenever they have a free moment.

Your phone is basically turned into a  supercharged walkie-talkie.

How to sign-up

The screen shots I’m going to show you are from a phone since this is the main way you will use Voxer. There is  a desk top version which allows for a few extra options, but using only your phone works just fine.

1. Download the Voxer app from either the app store or Google Play.

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2. Here’s what the app looks like from the front.

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3. Allow Voxer to access your microphone.

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4. Then sign up.

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click “create account” after filling out all of the information.

5. You can set up alerts if you would like.

6. Next you can setup your profile by uploading a picture and customizing your username.

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7.Your opening screen should look like this. The Voxer people have left you your first three voxes.

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How to get into physical education Voxer groups

The best way to find all of the physical education Voxer groups is to use this QR codes created by Spencer Barfuss @physed on Twitter. His website is voxerpe.com After you have the Voxer app on your phone all you have to do is scan the QR code with your phone and you are pretty much added automatically.

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Closing things up

Turning your phone into a walkie talkie is the cool thing to do! I highly suggest you get involved with one Voxer group to start out. Get a handle on it. Then join another.

If you were encouraged to join or you know someone who would be interested, please share this with them. 

Make sure to comment below to tell me about your Voxer experiences. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

 

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Taking things into your own hands!

Mindless meetings! Required attendance! No relevance! Take professional learning into your own hands.

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Do you have a vision for your professional learning?

I know I sure do! I’m on a quest. Not only do I want to become better at my craft, but I want to inspire and encourage others to be their best as well.

My dream is to teach teachers, to teach leaders, to teach people who want to grow! Most teachers these days love teaching for the fact they get to see those ‘aha’ moments in their students eyes.

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I get that same joy, in my heart, when I am able to help a teacher experience that same type of learning. It’s great to get opportunities to help a teacher learn a new concept or show them how to use a new ed. tech. tool. When their eyes light up, it’s amazing!

What made me this way?

As I think back to when I was in school I remember the teachers that I had.

  • Mrs. Cunningham
  • Mr. Hart
  • Mr. Jones
  • Miss Behrens
  • Mr. Swift
  • Coach Shaw
  • Mrs. Walsworth

and many more.

Whenever I would learn a new concept, a new Spanish word, or learn how to develop a picture in the darkroom, or run a faster time in the mile, my teacher’s faces would beam. I want to give that same joy to teachers.

Research has shown that teachers need continuous learning opportunities to stay on the cutting edge of education in order to keep our students learning at the same pace as the rest of the world.

As teachers we should be a learning, growing, and developing each and every day.

We need to be setting the example for our students. If we expect them to learn new, difficult content, then we should be as well.

My goal

My dream, is to resource, mentor, provide staff development at schools, lead workshops, and be a keynote speaker.

I have an unusually tough vision to reach though. I don’t want to necessarily reach those who are already on the right track. Those people who are already in their own personal learning that works(PLN’s). If they want to learn from me thought I won’t deny them.

I want to reach those who think they “know it all” already. Or those who don’t realize what they’re doing just isn’t as good as it could be.

I don’t have these goals to make myself look good. I just want to reach the hard to reach teachers and help them grow and get better. I know from experience that someone has to be out there to help those teachers.

I was once a teacher who thought I was doing all the right things. I thought I was the best physical education teacher in the world. I thought too highly of myself.

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Then I found this awesome little thing called Twitter and saw that there are thousands of teachers just rockin’ it in the education world and kicking my butt!

Since my goal is to make teachers better, I have to share what made my professional growth journey take off and lead me in the direction I am in now.

The most influential thing in my life as a teacher has been my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

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This is the beginning of a series. “How to Develop your PLN”.

You’re going to learn the importance of your Twitter account. Then explore it’s big brother Voxer. Next I’ll talk about how to find quality blogs to read and podcasts to listen to.

So we don’t get overwhelmed, we will take this step-by-step, inch by inch, and make it as painless as possible.

After we discover how to develop our PLN we will apply those principles to our learning and growth and put them into action so you can become the best teacher that you can be.

I dare you to come on this trek with me. If you know someone who might benefit from this please pass it along.

What do you do for your own professional development? Why did you choose your path?

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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Have you ever seen this before?

So, my students are supposed to be active, I’m going around the room putting out fires and I see this…

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A student standing in the corner not doing anything.

Ok, maybe not like this.

But, students standing around in class happens almost daily in in my classes for a variety of reasons.

I think to myself, “What’s going on”? My students know that I want them to be as active as possible during the class. I also try to plan activities that are engaging and fun. So, what do I do? Do I let them stay in the corner and not engage them? Do I wait to see if they get on task? Do I approach them and see what’s going on?

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It all depends on who the student is and what their disposition is.

Most of the time I do approach the student. I want to know why they are not taking part in class activities. I want to know if they are having a bad day, not interested in the activity, if they’re tired, or what?

This is key!

If students are not participating they are not getting better at the skill being practiced, gaining knowledge, and we, teachers, are not able to assess and give feedback for improvement.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen teachers not really care about those students. They think to themselves and tell their colleagues, “well at least they are not causing any problems”. This type of attitude is NOT acceptable. If a student is not participating in our class we as adults need to get to the bottom of the problem.

Just because they are “old enough” to be responsible for their behavior doesn’t mean they really are. Age doesn’t determine responsibility or situations students are going through.

We as teachers need to be proactive with these students and try our best to get this situation solved. ALL students need encouragement to do their best and to find activities that they will enjoy doing for a lifetime.

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Standing around, not participating shouldn’t be an option. Our lessons should be so well thought out and jammed packed with activity that students are running to our class. We should be getting comments from parents and other teachers about how students love coming to our class.

Learning should be and can be extremely fun.

What do you do the the “stand around students” in your class?

Make sure to comment below. Discussion is where learning really takes place! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Make sure to share this with your colleagues so we can see where all of us stand on this topic.

Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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The First Week!

This was a great beginning to the start of the 2015-16 school year. A great first week. At my high school we are on a block schedule so we were able to see all of our students three times this week. I know we are still in the honeymoon phase, but my classes were really great! Let me give a recap.

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Day 1:

The students came into the gym, found their name on the class roster so they could see what there number was. Once they found their number they went to a table to pick up a reflection/expectation sheet, go to their number have a seat, and work on the paper until all the students had arrived. After all the students were seated I introduced myself and went over expectations for my class.

Today and day 2 were very short. The students went to all 8 classes each day. Each class was only about 30 minutes.

 

REFLECTION

After reflecting on this I would like to get the students moving on the first day, but this will be very difficult to do. They will not be dressed for it or expecting it. One thing that I am working on is learning how to get the students to be as active as possible. I’m wondering how to get the information to them that I want them to get in an active way. The topic doesn’t really lend itself to movement.

Day 2:

Today the I lead the students through an activity to discover the difference between physical education and physical activities. We did some think/pair/share and displayed their answers on a T-Grid. These were some really great discussions. I hope they remember it throughout the year!

REFLECTION

Like I said in day one we need to be more active. I think the partner discussion can happen in as they walk around a predetermined area. Or maybe I can give them post-its and have questions/comments up and let them answer the questions on the post-its then stick the notes to the question/comment. Then they can gallery walk to look at others answers then come back for discussion.

Day 3:

Day 3 was a good, but hard since we were doing something that neither the students or I had done before. Activating school email address and joining Google Classroom.

Today was unveiling of what I discovered last year. Our school district is a Google Apps for Education school (GAFE). No one told me! I’ve been working in my school district for 11 years! I should have known. Oh, well. I know now and it’s time to get things going.

Over the summer I set up my classes in Google Classroom and figured out how to get my students their emails and how to activate them. A very easy process, but time consuming. So, most of my students were able to activate their emails then came part two. I showed them how to join my Google Classroom. The hardest part about this was reminding them to sign out of their regular gmail accounts and singing in with their new school emails.

I was not able to totally complete the process in one day, but pretty close. I will have to finish them up next week. I quickly figured out what the next challenge was going to be. Having them check there new email.

REFLECTION

A colleague and I were thinking it would be nice if we could hand out step-by-step directions to incoming freshman, at orientation, about how to activate their email so they could do it before school started. That way we only have to register them for our Google Classroom.

This week was a great start to the new school year. Like I told my colleagues, “If the rest of the school year is like this week it will be a great year”!

How did your first week go? I hope it went well! Make sure to comment and share that is where the real learning takes place!

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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How to delay ageing!

As I get older and start getting little aches and pains from the activities that I love to do, I sometimes wonder if I’m the only one going through this. I know, though, it is probably happening to others and will probably, eventually, happen to my students. How do I help them from getting injured more as they age? How to delay ageing for the young is a tough concept to get across? How do I teach 13 to 18 year olds that they must do the little things to keep injury free?

I remember as I was training for my Ironman triathlon that I was active 7 days a week. There were easy days and hard days. But there was daily exercise. I put in  about 25 hours per week in training. I obviously trained in the swim, bike, and run. That was not it though. I was doing weight training, yoga, plyometrics, and core specific exercises. During this period I was pretty much injury free. If something did come up it was easy to take care of. It’s like if you treat your body right your body treats you right.

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In my classes I talk about three main parts of a workout:
1. Warm-up
2. Main activity
3. Cool down

I give several examples of each and we practice them in class on a daily basis.

We also learn about the health-related and skill-related components of fitness along with the principles of training and the F.I.T.T. principle. This is so much more information than what I came out of high school with. I didn’t learn these things until college and couple of them just in the last 5 years.

I guess I need to make it relevant. That is the challenge! Taking a theory and putting it into practice with understanding is hard to do. This year I plan on giving my students a lot more flexibility on how they show what they have learned. This could be a big key. Some students may want to do an essay, others a video, still others a rap song. I need to let the students show me that they understand the concepts and not necessarily care how they do it.

It is well known that the CDC recommends that people their age get moderate to vigorous activity an hour every day. As you get older the recommendation goes down. I wonder if it really should. I say this because I know if I don’t do the little things (i.e. planks, push-up, stretching)  daily my body hurts.

These young students who are nearly indestructible and who heal quickly do not understand what we active adults go through. One idea that pops into my head is bringing in adults who exercise and let them tell about how their body works differently now than when they were younger.

Do you exercise? Does your body hurt a little more than it used to? Share your story. How do you teach this to your students? When you share and comment that is when the real learning takes place.

Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!

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