You won’t believe what I stole…
When I was 11 or 12 years old my step-brother and I were in a grocery store near the apartment where we lived. I can’t remember the reason for going there, but he dared me to take something. I didn’t really want to, but he was really pressuring me.
So, I thought to myself, “How am I going to do this”? I noticed I had sweat pants on and we were in the hygiene isle. I looked around and grabbed a bar of soap and dropped it down the leg of my sweat pants. I knew it wouldn’t fall out because of the elastic at the bottom.
I couldn’t get out of the store quick enough. Looking back I still can’t believe I did this, but I just had to come clean with you.
What does this have to do with education? Let’s take a look.
Over the past few months I’ve come to find that I’m different than those I try to emulate my teaching after. I try to create the awesome lesson ideas that they do and I find that I get very frustrated with myself.
It’s easy to get frustrated when you compare yourself to those you look up to. You need to remember that you have a special gift that is only yours. Find out what that is and run with it. You will be happier and your students will benefit.
The people I enjoy following on Twitter and reading their blogs are the “rock stars” of the profession right now:
Andy Vasily Jo Bailey Adam Llevo Joey Feith Nathan Horne
These people are innovators and creators in the physical education world. I admire them for what they are doing!
I’ve discovered though that I may be the best thief in physical education. You see, I don’t necessarily conceive new innovative, creative, awe inspiring teaching methods, lesson ideas, or tech tricks, but I can implement like nobodies business and get others to do the same.
Look at what I have stolen:
- character education cards from Andy Vasily
- Jo Bailey encouraged me to become a Google Certified educator
- Adam Llevo inspired me to actually implement SOLO Taxonomy and some tech ideas into my arsenal of tools
- Joey Feith introduced me to Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU)
- My questioning ability has greatly improved by listening to Nathan Horne.
I’ve become more bold over the last two years because of the influence of these great educators.
In the first semester of this school year I have:
1. provided professional development to my department
a. We no longer grade according to dressing out, participation, and behavior.
b. We have started using standards based instruction and grading.
c. We plan together.
d. We waist no time in class since we started using instant activities in class.
2. provided professional development to my entire school staff
a. Google Classroom introduction
b. I was able to show the benefit of student led conferences and we will be using this model school wide in the spring.
So, what am I trying to say?
There is more than one way to be an effective teacher. You can create, innovate, imitate, or even misappropriate.
The most important thing is that you find the style that works for you and you do what’s best for your students. You can’t go wrong with that.
Have you been an idea thief before?
Let us know in the comments what you “stole”. If you know someone who has “stolen” a resource or an idea share this with them to get them involved in the conversation.
I always teach that the comments is where the real learning takes place.
Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!