It’s been a really long time since I thought this…
Where I Came From
15 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?
- Don’t get too big for your britches – someone will always put you in your place.
- Work with others (virtually or in person) is better than working by yourself.
- Never quit learning – if you’re not going forward you are going backward.
- The world is bigger than you do something that will impact the life of another.
- Always search for truth and live by it
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.
Well 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.
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.