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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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.

I will have to teach them how to use Boss Jock Jr.Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 4.17.27 PM I will  also have to show them how to find the audio file, and how to upload it to Google Drive, then link it to their blog, website, or submit it into Google classroom.  Easy enough I will just make a video that they can easily follow the step from.

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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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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Have you ever heard anything like this before?

This is one of the most effect ways of professional learning…

We are in our final post of our four-week series talking about building your personal learning network (PLN).

This is a really exciting topic for me. I love to do this whenever and wherever I can. It’s easy to do. What is it, you might ask?

Listening to podcasts!

Why do I like podcast so much? They are packed full of information in a short amount of time. You can listen to them just about anywhere.

  • while you’re shaving
  • while you’re brushing your teeth
  • out exercising
  • waiting in line
  • driving in your car or
  • while on your conference period

Another reason for my fascination with podcasts is because of the many different topics you can choose from. I like to listen podcasts dealing with…

  • physical education
  • religion
  • business and
  • just for entertainment

The one detriment to podcasts is the lack of interaction between pod casters and listeners.

Podcasts, for me, are pretty much content absorbing only. You can, however, comment on a podcast if you’re at the podcast website. I know for me and the people I know that listen to podcast we listen on an app and I just put the podcast feed into the app. It makes listening to much easier. I rarely go to the website that the podcast is coming from.

The power of a podcast comes from being able to hear content spoken, rather than just reading like we do for blogs. You get to hear the voice of the person pushing out the content. It feels more personal and you can hear the passion in their voice. A pod caster can cover a lot more ground than a blogger. One 30 minute podcast episode is probably 4-6 blog posts of information. Most people don’t take the time to read that long.  They like short manageable bite-size chunks to read. People don’t mind listening so much because they can do many other things while listening, like I mention earlier.

Some of my favorite podcasts to listen to are…

pe geekThe PE geek podcast by Jared Robinson is out of Australia. All of his podcast deal with technology in education, specifically physical education.

 

 

 

 

#physed podcast

Another one is the #physed podcast. This is a podcast by Joey Feith and Nathan Horne talking about general physical education topics.

 

 

 

 

peprn-podcast

Another great one to listen to for physical education research is the  PEPRN podcast. This one is by Dr. Ash Casey out of the UK.

 

 

 

 

voxcast

My favorite one to listen to is the Voxcast podcast. This podcast is recorded by Jorge Rodriguez out of Houston, Texas. He interviews people through the Voxer app and then puts those interviews into podcast format. It’s always chock full of great information by his guest and his interview team.

 

 

 

 

How to listen?

I use the stock podcast app on my iPhone 6. It works for me. I have found that a well known android app that you can use to stream your podcast is Pocket Cast. Not sure how it works, but it looks like a quality app.

Growth!

Hopefully you were inspired to try out a podcast. Again, just like all the other forms of building your PLN, start slowly and work your way up. Before you know it, you will be learning more and doing more than you ever thought possible!

Community…

If you enjoyed this post, I’d asked that you would comment below, tell me what podcast you like to listen to and share this with a friend.

Remember this: physical education – where mind and body come together!

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