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.

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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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Teacher or Leader?

Which one are you?

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Typical Social Media Savvy Educator:                     Growth Mind-Set

Typical Non-Social Media Savvy Educator:           Fixed Mind-Set

What I see

I see people on social media all the time talking about blogs they’ve read, articles they’ve written, podcast they’ve listened to, and conferences they’ve attended. All of this is great! I wonder how people go about growing their departments or is it all about self growth? I know I do everything I can to be a better teacher and give my students the education they deserve. 

I think everyone on social media is a lot like me. We want to be better! 

My question is this, “Is it all about us”? 

After we grow to a certain level, should our responsibility be to grow and develop the people in our department? Do we simply let them flounder around? I believe that as we learn and grow we need to not only become better teachers we need to become leaders.

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Leaders are influencers!

We need to lead our departments by example. We need to suggest the blogs, podcast, articles, and conferences that we use to grow, to our colleagues.

I know we can’t change people, we can only change ourselves. I also know we cannot stand idly by and let students get ripped off. We need to move beyond teacher to leader.

Leaders do more than just make themselves better they make the people around them better. What are you doing to make the people around you better? All of us on social media are leaders! We are out front doing things that the everyday educator isn’t doing. 

IDEAS

Something that I like to do and it seems to be effective for me, maybe it’s my personality, is to ask questions. If I see a colleague do something I will ask them about it. Then I might ask them if they have tried it this way before instead and give them a little hint of how I do it. It’s called being collegial. Finally,  I go back and complement what they are doing if a compliment is deserved. Most of the time I can find a little something right in everything. 

People don’t want to be looked down upon. They want to know what they are doing is impacting lives as well. Of course there’s always going to be those extreme cases where people are happy doing what they’ve always done. Most people I know, I bet most people you know, want to have their life matter. Most people get into education for that reason alone. They want to be influencers.

What’s another name for influencer? LEADER!!

As the quote by John Maxwell goes, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care”.

Show the people in your department and school that you care about them. Become friends. Speak into their lives. Let them speak into yours!

CHALLENGE

1. Go beyond teacher to leader. 

2. Lead by example.

3. Never give up.

4. Give compliments.

5. Advocate for students.

What do you think? Am I right? Comment below. Share if you think I have a point.

 Physical Education: Where Mind and Body come Together!

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The Conference and Workshop Blues – How to Keep the Hype!

Here are some easy steps to keep the hype.

WORKSHOPS-CONFERENCES

Every year most states, if not all, states have a weekend long physical education conference. In these conferences you get to see keynote speakers and awesome workshop leaders. By the end of the weekend everyone is pumped up, ready to go back to their schools, and teach like they’ve never taught before.

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You’ve learned all these new great skills and you want to implement them into your classes right away. This is great!

It is awesome to see teachers going to conferences learning and trying new activities in their classes, but what happens when the conference is over? You’re 3, 4, 5, 6 weeks past the conference and things start going back to normal. What can you do to keep the hype? What can you do to not get the workshop blues?

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PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK

This is a great question for all of us! I even have the workshop blues this year. That’s mainly because I didn’t get to go to my state’s annual conference. So what do you do? This is where your personal learning network (PLN) comes into play.

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Hopefully you have a person or two in your PLN that are in the same state as you. They may be even went to the conference that you went to. You got to meet your PL in member in person for the first time. If you are able to connect and share and collaborate with your PLN post conference, that hype that you came away from the conference with will hopefully not disappear.

Even if the members of your PLN are not in your state or did not go to the same conference as you, you can still debrief with them about it. Tell them the highlights. Tell them the things that you heard that you didn’t quite agree with. Anything that can help you grow is shareable.

I know throughout the years I have learned things from teachers that I thought were excellent teachers and I’ve learned things from teachers who do things a little different than I do. You have to think back to that conference, take that one big idea that you really learned, and implement it.

Like I’ve said in a previous post, don’t try to do too much all at once, you’ll get overwhelmed. Then like a lot of people, you may even give up. And that’s what we don’t want to have happen. You have to be proactive in finding that next mountaintop experience.

COMMUNICATION

From conference to conference and in between conferences you are on Twitter, Voxer, reading blogs, and listening to podcasts.

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You are connecting with your PLN whether it’s through telephone calls, emails, Google hangouts, conference calls, whatever it might be to keep that fire going. After conferences and in between workshops, that is where your PLN is crucial.

These are the people who keep you motivated. Who keep you accountable. Who encourage you! This is why it’s so important to build your PLN.

I hope everyone at CAHPERD had a great time this last weekend. And I can’t wait for San Diego next year!

BUILDING YOUR PLN

If you want to learn how to build your PLN check out these blog posts; Taking thing into your own hand!, Are you serious?! Why should I do that?, My phone can do that?, Blog, blog, blog!, and Have you ever heard anything like this before?.

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PLN Wrap-Up

A great way to end things…

Over the past several weeks I have shown you for tools to help you grow your personal learning network (PLN).

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Quick Reflection

This has been a great learning experience for myself as well! I have gone on a personal journey, discovering how I have really learned and grown as a professional. These tools have become a part of me. When I have an extra minute I just turn to one of them and the learning starts.

Encouragement

I hope over these past several weeks that you have been able to put some tools in your tool belt as well. I, especially, hope you are implementing these tools at a slow and manageable rate. I don’t want you to get overwhelmed. I want to see you growing professionally and personally as well.

My Writing

This series has been my best series of blogs that I have written over the past year and a half. I’ve had more interaction more sharing and more compliments than before. Because of all of the great comments I will be putting the finishing touches on an e-book that will be free that goes over these tools and much much more on growing your PLN. So be on the lookout for that!

Sharing

If this series has helped you grow in your professional journey I would just ask that you would share this content with colleagues and friends who are beginning their learning journey as well. I want to see as many people as possible getting better at their craft, teaching.

Purpose

After writing this series of blog post I really and truly believe that I have been able to define exactly what it is I am supposed to do in education. I believe that I am supposed to resource educators. One thing that I have done over the past few days for high school physical education teachers in California specifically is created a standards bass lesson planner that high school course one in high school course two teachers can use to create their lesson plans. Is available right here if you just click on the link. I based this Google form off of the one that was created by Justin schleider out of New Jersey. His lesson planner is based off of the national standards for those of you who do not have state standards.

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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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Are you serious?! Why should I do that?

So many people just don’t understand that there is a trick to it…

It was two years ago when I discovered that I wasn’t as good at teaching as I thought I was. I got onto this little social network site and started searching for physical education. Come to find out, there are a lot of physical education teachers and teachers in general on this amazing social media site.

What site am I talking about? None other then Twitter!

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A little history

Before Twitter, I was only smart enough to get on pecentral.com or just Google a certain game and rules or skills, things like that to get any new information. I would also just create my own materials.

I got on Twitter when it first came out. I wasn’t too interested in it. I could only type 140 characters and no one really read it. It seemed it was mainly for celebrities back then. On my original account I still only have 52 followers. Most of them I don’t even know. My family doesn’t even follow me.

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For some reason though, I decided to give it another try, just to see what would happen. And the results were amazing. I got so much more than I ever expected.

You might be asking yourself, why is it so amazing now and not when you first tried it? To tell you the truth, I just didn’t give it enough time.

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I saw all these amazing pictures, videos, and links to websites and blogs. I didn’t know you could do all that.

So when I got on for the second time, I was really nervous about typing anything in case somebody actually saw what I typed. So, I just looked at what other people were tweeting.

Through Twitter I learned that I was doing a lot of things correct, but I was also needing a lot of improvement. I was using portions of the sport and model, the teaching games for understanding or (TGfU) model, and the fitness education model. I didn’t even know these were models that were already out there invented. I was just piecing stuff together.

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Being able to find resources through Twitter I became more effective in my teaching strategies. I do, however, still combine the different models of teaching together. I’m just used to it that way and I feel it’s really effective.

I also started to learn more about standards-based teaching, lesson planning, and assessing.

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I also learned about a new assessment model called solo taxonomy. As one of the greatest tools ever invented for education.

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Most importantly though, I was able to make friends on Twitter and have a great deal of collaboration. I’m doing things now that I know I never thought I would be able to do. Now all I do is throw a question out on Twitter and within just an hour or less I have answers waiting on me. 

To put this all in one short sentence, Twitter is the best professional development I’ve ever had!

So where do we go from here?

Here is where I challenge you, if you’re not on Twitter sign-up for Twitter. Right below I’m going to show you exactly how to sign up for Twitter and I’m going to give you the top 30 names to follow on Twitter to get you headed in the right direction.

1. Go to Twitter.com and sign-up.

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2. Fill out the following form.

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3. You can then either enter your phone information or skip it.

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4. Choose a username. You can change it later.

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5. Click “Let’s Go”

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6. Check off what you’re interested in and continue.

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7. Follow the 40 suggestions they have for you if you want. You can pick and choose from the list.

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8. You can add a photo for your profile.

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9. You can use your email to find friends on Twitter.

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10. There you go! You are all set-up.

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OK, now you’re signed up for Twitter. That’s the easy part!

Challenge

Week one – sign up for Twitter, follow top 30, make tweet to @mrphysicaled, look  at what other people are posting.

Week two– ask a question on Twitter on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Week three – keep asking questions, reply or comment to at least one tweet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Tips

#1 mentions – @mrphysicaled

What that means is you are you putting in the Twitter handle of the person that you are wanting to tweet too. By doing this it will send that person a notification that someone has mentioned them in a tweet.

#2  hashtags –  #

Hashtags will put your Tweet into that category. So, for instance, if you use #PhysEd everyone who follows that hashtag will see your tweet.

If you want more people to see your tweets you have to use mentions and hashtags.

#3 lists

Another handy tool in Twitter are the list. You can put people into a list that you want to follow. That way you could just go to that list to see what those people are tweeting. This little trick gets you around the clutter of your Twitter feed. You might not want to see what everyone is saying. But you may want to focus in on what a few people are saying. And it list is a great way to do that.

People to follow on Twitter

@mrphysicaled     @pewithmrt     @physedapps     @physedagogy     @andyvasily     @joeyfeith

@mradampe     @mrrobbo     @bodepe     @alicekeeler     @kymmballard     @thepespecialist

@jcouvy     @ncpe4life     @terridr99     @rizzutoed     @sarahdateechur     @imsporticus

@mrhorne101     @arit_choke     @coachpirillo     @markbarnes19     @smartintahoe     @johnjonespe

@mrpicha_pe     @mrhairphysed     @schleiderjustin     @drashcasey     @physednow

@physed_pomeroy     @physedreview     @rickwormeli     @adamphowell     @misshartl

@ghsaysrockchalk     @movelivelearn     @mrmetcalfpe     @penathan     @lovephyed

To end up!

I hope this story of my Twitter journey has inspired you to sign-up. I hope to see you in the twittersphere soon!

If this post inspired you, please pass it on to a friend. Make sure to tell me about your Twitter story in the comments.

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

 

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Pay it Forward!

I was listening to The PEGEEK podcast the other day and Jarrod Robinson asked a guest where he first learned about incorporating technology into his physical education classroom. I thought this was a great question! It made me think about the question. Then I remembered.

Here’s a little back story. I’m from a small town two hours North of Kansas City, MO. In the two schools where I taught, I was the physical education department. No one to lean on, no one to tell me if what I was doing was any good or not. This was between the years 1997 to 2005. A lot of what we have today didn’t exist then, but that shouldn’t have been an excuse to not even try using the tech of the day in my classes. Honestly, I never even thought about it. I guess if a stop watch and a CD player with a remote is counted as technology, then I did.

But then in the fall of 2005 I moved to Los Angeles, CA. and was part of an 11 person department. I soon found out that I wasn’t as good as I thought I was. There were a couple people in particular who were doing really great things in their classes. Because of similar educational beliefs and wanting to give students physical education not only physical activity I gravitated to a certain teacher and we became good friends. His name is Mark.

I started to notice that Mark spent quite a bit of time on the computer. So, I asked him what he was doing. He had me come over to his desk and he showed me his class website. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen for students. He was able to post announcement and assignments. He even had his students subscribe to his website so whenever he posted something new it would automatically send his students an email letting them know that there was something new for physical education.

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So, over the next few years I would set-up my own class website and incorporate it into my class and since Mark was in the office, I had my own unofficial tech support. After awhile Mark wouldn’t help, he would just tell me to look up the answer I was looking for. Of course he would tell me where to look it up and if I was having a lot of trouble he would still give me the answer. Might sound mean, but it was really great! I learned so much by searching for answers to the tech questions I had.

Since that initial inquiry into technology for teaching, I have introduced many different tech things into my class. I’ve used pedometers, plickers, kahoot, ipads, and student brought devices. This year I have been able to streamline my class website and I’m going to introduce Google classroom. I have even become a Google Certified Educator. I love being able to use tools in my class to make learning more engaging for my students. I’ve been really blessed in the fact that I never incorporated tech just because it was new and shiny, but to enhance what I was teaching.

I have learned a lot over the years and I’m not afraid to try new tech in the classroom. I owe all this to my great friend, Mark! My goal now is to pay it forward to anyone looking to do what I have learned to do.

If you have had a mentor in your life, I’d love to hear about your experience! Please share and comment.

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Professional Development for Professionals

There was a question on Twitter this week that really made me think. Here it is.

And here was my response.

I know if I was in that situation others are too. We, as professionals, need to remember, the famous saying “if you’re not going forward, you’re going backward” – unkown autor.

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I say this to encourage you to take control of your professional development. Don’t wait for someone to say, “Oh, here’s a workshop, why don’t you go to it”? Be on the look out to make yourself better. As I sit here and say all this I think to myself you are on the right path. Let it be a reminder to you. Your job now as a life long learner is to share this with others so hopefully they will be smacked in the face that they need to help themselves.

 

 

 

Here’s is what I have done over the last year and a half:
1. Started collaborating on Twitter and Voxer.
2. Started listening to several podcasts
A. Voxcast
B. The PHYSEDagogy podcast
C. The #PhysEd Podcast
D. PEPRN Pod Cast
E. The PEGEEK Podcast
3. Downloaded the Feedly app so I would be notified when physical education blogs were updated to be read.
4. Participated and presented in professional development conferences and workshops.
5. Started the blog you are reading now and providing free resources for other physical educators.
6. I’ve also gotten involved with my state professional organization.

To me this list looks a little intimidating. You have to realize that you don’t have to try to do it all at once. Start with one thing and when it becomes a habit add on something else. If you try to do it all at once I’m sure you will become overwhelmed and give it all up. Start slow.

You also need to know that I do a lot of multi-tasking. For instance driving and listening to podcasts or reading blog posts waiting in lines.

My challenge for you is to choose one thing and really put into your quiver of professional development. Once you do this you will want more. Learning is like a bag of potato chips you can’t have just one. Once you start reading blogs you will want to listen to podcast and so on and so forth.

If you’ve been encouraged by this please comment and share. That is where the real learning starts!

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3 Benefits of equity in Education

educational-equityOver the last two weeks we’ve taken a look at equity in experience. This week we will look at the 3 benefits of equity in education.

We all know that we cannot make sure that all students experience all of the same things when they are not with us in our classes. They come from different families which have different values and ideas on how to raise children. There are also the issues of economic status, rural versus urban living, and family stability. Just to name a few.

We can however, make sure that while students are under our care, they are getting treated fairly. Even though the students are getting treated fairly, in school, we need to remember that some will excel in certain areas just because of what their family was able to provide for them.

So what are the benefits to having equity in education?

1. All children will be treated fairly.

This doesn’t mean that they will be treated the same or equally. They will be treated in a way that will help them succeed and reach the goals of the lesson, unit, and class. We know not all students learn the same way so we have to be willing to meet students where they are. Some learn better by doing, others by seeing, still others by listening. Some students need a combination. We need to do whatever it takes to help the students succeed.

2. Teachers will become better.

If we as teachers are to be all to all, we will have to get better at what we do. We will not be able to rely on the school to “give” professional development. We need to be responsible for our own professional growth. There lots of things that we can do in this era of education. We can get an advanced degree, read blogs, watch vlogs, go to workshops, collaborate with liked minded people in person or through social media. We as teachers need to show the value of learning to our students by learning ourselves.

3. Society will comeback to its roots.

I don’t believe society will promote the “one” over the “whole” if education is more equitable. Today’s society tells us to watch out for number one. We can see that in the attitudes of our youth. They seem to have the “I’m entitled” mentality. They think they should have whatever they want whenever they want it. We seem to have become a microwave society. We want what we want right now and we don’t want to do a lot of work to get it.

With a more equitable education we will start to see the inappropriateness of differences and with that knowledge be able to make change.

What do you think? Do you agree? Let’s talk. Make sure to comment and share. That’s where the real learning takes place.

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INSPIRED!

2577432 I am totally inspired by my @Twitter friends, no, I mean family! I asked two simple(not really) questions today and received so much feedback. It was incredible! So, what are the questions you may ask? Here they are:

When do we expect students to turn in homework on time and not accept it late?

I am teaching a swim unit right now. I have students who refuse to swim. They fill out an observation paper during the lesson. How much credit do I give to these students who refuse to get into the water, but will dress in their regular physical education clothes and fill out the paper?

After I posted these two questions I got off Twitter because I had to do this little thing called teaching. Which I love! When I logged back on a few hours later, BAM 20+ notifications! I was blown away. I usually only get a couple of responses. After reading and responding to the tweets I was totally ready to share everything with my colleagues at school. We work really well together as a team and we all want to get better at our passion.

So, out of this I remembered the #physedsummit. Then I thought, “What if I do a mini-physed summit with my colleagues at school over Christmas break?” We have three weeks off. Surely, we can get together two or three times for a few hours. So, that is my job for tomorrow, to have a schedule of possible meeting days, a workshop itinerary, resources ready to give them so they can prepare, and get permission from the principal to meet on campus when we are on break.

Before I started using Twitter I thought I was doing pretty good as a physical educator, but since January of this year, I can see a whole lot of areas where I need to improve and push my colleagues to improve.

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END OF THE SEMESTER!

2559693 Well, it is coming up on my first semester break at my new school. We have one week of classes left, then one week of finals. I know I am going to enjoy the break, but I think I can actually keep going. I have a few goals for the break. Let me see if I can keep them. Hopefully I am not going overboard, but I want to be a better dad, husband, and teacher.

My first goal is to get some rest. I am not sure if this will happen. I tend to stay up later on breaks and get up just a little later than normal and I get to be more active than I get to be during the school year. I LOVE being active!

Talking about being active, I try to get in a little more mileage running, especially on the trails. I will get some more time on the archery range and hiking with the family. We love to be active as a family.

Finally, I plan on creating some standards based assessments and Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) lessons. My colleagues and I are also planning on getting together for three days of professional development focusing on grading and TGfU. We are calling this a mini #physed summit. I will report on this after we complete our days together.

I have had a lot of fun in my first semester at my new high school. It’s great to work at a school where other physical educators want to get better, not only for themselves, but for the students as well. It is fun to be in a place where we can have great collaborative dialog everyday.

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PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL)

6770522 What an amazing idea, let students learn what is interesting to them within the content than you teach. I first heard about project based learning (PBL) about five or six years ago. The school I taught at, where PBL was introduced, tried to implement it school wide, but it did not really take off. That is not to say it was a failure though. There were several teachers at the school, myself included, who love this way of teaching and learning.

One may be thinking though, “You teach physical education. How do you do project based learning”? It is pretty simple really.

In physical education we teach students not only how to do well in areas of sport and fitness, but also in health. Without our class it will be much harder for students to learn how to take care of themselves. Especially with so much information and mis-information out on the interwebs about these topics.

Project based learning is the perfect tool for physical educators. It is a way for students to really take hold of a topic and really learn why it is important for them to know it for a lifetime.

So here is a sample of what I like to do.
1. Come up with the the final assessment idea by looking at either the state or national standards.
2. I will have the students do a “Fitness Fair”. This is something similar to what you would see at a science fair.
3. Students, in groups of four, will decide on a health, sport, or fitness topic.
4. Students will then gather information from research, experiments, and interviews.
5. After all information is attained the groups will put together their projects. The projects can be blogs, podcasts, videos, posters, pamphlets, brochures, or play. Students may come up with other ideas to show their work, but must be teacher approved.
6. All projects will be assess by me, the other students in the class, other teachers on campus, and administrators.
7. The top three from each class will be chosen to represent their class in the “Fitness Fair”.
8. Invitations will be sent out to local health and fitness professionals to see what the students are learning and to give us feedback on what they would like to see the students learning to be prepared to come into the workforce.
9. We will also have the “Fitness Fair” open for students to see projects during nutrition, lunch, and teachers can sign up classes to come see the projects.

The main key to Project based learning is getting the real world connection. The students having to go out and do interviews and bringing in the public to see how and what the students are learning.

It is great to see the creativity come out in the students.

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