Sunday, December 11, 2011

Turning Pictures into Video

Here is a video developed with a number of pictures of myself peer teaching.  It shows myself developing as an educator through a variety of activities from Ultimate Frisbee to Hip Hop Dancing. Enjoy!



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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Communicating With Students' Parents

It is very important to communicate with parents as a teacher.  Parents should know what their children are doing in school daily; how they are progressing, how they behave, etc.  For my Adaptive Physical Education class, I was required to write a letter to my student's parents to give them information on what they have done throughout the semester.

Dear Parent/Guardian of Angelo,

            It has been my pleasure working with Angelo this semester.  He has made tremendous progress since we first met back in September.  The first couple of weeks that I had him and his classmate, Trent, they did not seem to be very interested in many sport games, and got bored easily.  I think that they possibly needed a little more time to become comfortable with having a new teacher, which is completely normal for any student.  It also took me a little time to get comfortable in order to figure out what his interests were. 

            The third week that we met is when I had a breakthrough with Angelo.  This is when he told me that he enjoyed riding bikes, and I got the idea to bring him to the Fitness Facility.  At first, I had him riding the stationary bikes and elliptical to work on his cardio endurance.  While we were there, I introduced him to some of the weight machines to help increase his muscular strength and endurance.  He used weight resistance machines rather than free weights because I feel that at his age level, these are appropriate for learning proper form and technique in order to avoid any injuries while still improving results.  These machines included chest press, shoulder press, arm curls, leg curls and leg presses.  Because this was something new to him, he seemed to be interested.  He began asking questions about the equipment, and wanted to try new machines.  When Angelo became interested, it made me interested.  I wanted to show him new workouts.  It makes it a lot easier as a teacher when your students become focused and interested in what you are teaching them.

            Once Angelo had gotten in the routine of going to the Fitness Facility, I set up goals for him; both long term and short term on an Individualized Education Plan.  By the end of the semester, I wanted Angelo to be able to become familiar with all the equipment that we had used.  I wanted him to be able to understand how to adjust weight and be able to keep track of his own progress.  We worked on this by having him recite to me which weight he would start at and count out his repetitions each time.  For example, he would do three sets at each machine for ten, eight, and six repetitions.  Also, by the end of the semester, I wanted Angelo to demonstrate social and personal behavior in all of his classes.  I expected him to respect me as his instructor, as well his classmate.  We worked on this during each lesson by having them keep their hands to themselves and listen to my directions.  As the semester progressed, Angelo’s behavior became better with every lesson.  He began to focus on my directions and respect the fact that I was the teacher and he was the student.   Along with this, his knowledge for the equipment progressed greatly as well.  His goal was to be able to know rules for using the equipment in the Fitness Facility whenever I asked him, but he has been able to do it all on his own.   

            Overall, Angelo was a great kid to work with.  I hope after this semester, he continues to exercise.  I feel as though this is an appropriate age to begin working with this equipment as long as it is appropriate and monitored safely.  I am very happy with his progress, not only with his workouts, but his behavior as well.

Sincerely,
Mr. Ryan Carpenter

Monday, November 28, 2011

Teaching Philosophies


Philosophy of Education

The purpose of schools is to provide a safe and healthy environment for students of all ages and abilities.  Schools also allow students the opportunity to socially interact with their teachers and peers.  My philosophy of education is that all children are teachable.  It does not matter what their ability level is.  As a teacher, I need to enrich or modify my instruction to suit all children’s needs.  A student’s societal status or background should not influence whether or not they can learn.  It is up to the teacher to give that student confidence in all aspects.
         I also believe that in order to be a successful teacher, you need to be flexible.  You cannot go into your classroom everyday expecting your day to go as planned.  A teacher who always has a back-up plan will be the teacher who feels that their day has been an accomplishment.  A teacher should expect the unexpected and be prepared for it each day.  Being a teacher not only means being professional, but also being ethical.  I plan to provide students with the necessary security and safety.  As a teacher, all of my students will be respected as equals.  I hope to be one of these teachers.
         It is my job to encourage active parental involvement in children’s education.  It is important that parents are informed about what their children are learning and how they are progressing.  There should be more communication among parents, teachers, students and the community. 
         We also need to prepare our students for the future by setting learning goals and standards according to each individual ability and by instilling pride in each child we teach.

Philosophy of Physical Education

         Physical Education is a class in our schools that seems to be losing its reputation.  People are unaware of the opportunity it provides for children today.  Most are still hung up on the old school style of  “Gym class” and do not fully understand its true value.  Physical Education is about challenging students’ mind as well as body.  Physical Education also provides students the opportunity to interact with their peers both socially and physically.  With instilling the Affective Domain, students learn teamwork, communication, discipline and respect for others.  Physical Education is the only class that instills all of these aspects.  The purpose of Physical Education is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.  As a professional Physical Educator, I will be sure to be a positive influence in student’s life and enhance lifelong skills to them all.  To me, being “physically educated” means learning movements and motor skills and being able to apply those skills and knowledge to lifelong activities. 
I will use both teacher-centered and learner-centered instructional approaches.  Using the teacher-centered approach, I will present information that is to be learned to direct the learning process of students.  As a teacher, I will identify lesson objectives and take the primary responsibility for guiding the instruction by explaining information and modeling.  This will give my students the opportunity for quality practice time of skills.  I will also use a learner-centered approach to allow students to construct their own understandings through guided discovery. 
As a Physical Education teacher, my biggest concern for my students is that they are all participating in my class.  Physical Education seems to be gaining a bad reputation because most people do not take it seriously.  I will do everything I can as a teacher to change that.  I will have my entire class participating daily, and making a name for my program.  I will use latest innovations and technology in my curriculum to get rid of the old style, and come in with the new.  I will prove to teachers, administrators, parents and the rest of the community how important Physical Education is in the their children’s lives.

Philosophy of Coaching

One of the most influential people in a student’s life does not always have to be a parent or a teacher.  Sometimes, that one person that can change someone’s life is a coach.  To be a coach, means more than just guiding a team through practices and games.  Being a coach means to be a role model and a leader. 
The purpose of athletics is to provide students with the opportunity to participate is sports outside of the classroom.  Although sports include competition, a coach’s top priority for his team should not be just winning.  Coaches teach their players lifelong lessons such as respect, leadership and teamwork. 
         Like a teacher, I will provide my players with a safe and healthy playing environment.  Because most coaches are teachers in the school, they should be involved with their schoolwork.  I will make it clear to my players that they are students first, and athletes second. 
         I also believe that it is important for all student-athletes to participate in sport.  As a physical educator, I feel it is important for all student-athletes to have the opportunity to participate in their given sport. 
         A coach prepares their student-athletes for the future by helping them develop character.  I feel that character is developed through cooperation and discipline.  Athletics play a large role in a person’s life, and a coach can have the biggest influence.  To be a good coach, means to be a good teacher, and I will instill the ideal characteristics of both for my students and players.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Make an Appearance This Year


This weekend, Turning Stone Casino and Resort will be hosting the NYSAHPERD Conference.  Although I will not be able to attend this year, I encourage all the Physical Education majors here at SUNY Cortland to attend along with other students and faculty from around the state.  It is a wonderful and rewarding experience to attend. 

It is a great way to fill documents into your portfolio for Professional Development.  When you are out in the real world looking for a teaching job, school administrators are going to be interested in whether or not you have been dedicated to your professional field.  There are amazing workshops to gain information, ideas and resources.  Not to mention, they are a great time.  There are teachers and college students from all over the state presenting warm ups, lesson ideas and great forms of technology use.  Last year, when I attended, I saw a lot of presentations of games and activities that were completely new to me.  It was the first time I had ever seen Omnikin Ball played, and I enjoyed everything about it.  It was a fast-paced game with a lot of strategy.  There was also a Hip Hop Dance presentation that many of us had attended.  Here at SUNY Cortland, we are required to take a Rhythm and Dance class, but we never really learn Hip Hop moves.  So, going from never participating in these activities, I want to use these resources in the classroom when I eventually become a Physical Education teacher.  Physical Education is evolving, and we are getting rid of the “Old School PE” to bring in new ideas.  This is why the NYSAHPERD Conference is an excellent event to attend.  Go out and search for those new ideas.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Why Teachers Need Their Unions

Here is an article giving information and examples of why teachers need unions:


Why Teachers Need Their Unions

If ever there was a reason why teachers need their unions it became clear watching CBS Sunday Morning earlier today. A teacher was forced to resign when an anonymous letter was received pointing to the teacher’s Facebook page where she was shown holding a beer and a glass of wine while on a trip to Europe (on her own time and without students). She also had participated in a Facebook game with the word Bitch in it. 
According to the young teacher, she had set her Facebook privacy settings to limit access to her closest friends. She felt she had done what she needed in order to limit access to her page.
The CBS story was actually about privacy. A picture from a private page can be copied by someone with access and posted on a Facebook page that lacks that privacy setting, thus making the picture public.
Back to the story of the young teacher. She was called into the principal’s office, asked whether she had a Facebook page, and when she said that she did, given the choice of resignation or suspension. 
Teachers, this is why we have unions and tenure laws. Notwithstanding the fact that the principal is the type of administrator education does not need, this young teacher should have stopped the proceeding, asked for union representation and a hearing, not resigned, and fought the entire process. If she had tenure, her due process rights would have been guaranteed.
To force the resignation a teacher for a picture of her HOLDING, not even consuming, alcohol and for playing an online game with the word Bitch just drives me crazy. Do people really think they can enforce 19th century rules on teachers in the 21st century? This young teacher now has a lawsuit against the school district, and I for one, hope she wins a bundle.


Which Teacher's Union is Best Fit?

When looking at two large Teacher's Unions in our country, it may be tough to decide which one you as a teacher want to be apart of.  The two major teacher organizations are the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).  "The NEA and the AFT work to improve the salaries and the working conditions of teachers through collective bargaining (that is, all the teachers in a school system bargaining as one group through a chosen representative), organized actions (including strikes), and influencing education policy.

As a new teacher without much knowledge about either of these organizations, both of them seem to have many pros and cons.  It seems as though each are advertising their benefits to teachers all over the country as businesses.  Are these organizations putting money and salaries above the needs of the children's education?  Some may criticize that they do for many reasons.  For example, in a previous post, I had discussed a teacher's strike that had been taking place in Vermont by teachers wanting more money and health benefits because of the time spent in the classroom.  Teachers need unions to protect them from situations that may be out of their control such as liability issues and tenure.  This should be the top priority, not salaries.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

School Adds Technology for Physical Education

A middle school that has just opened up in January has introduced technology to its Physical Education class.  The school has purchased 150 iPads for the use in Physical Education. Now that technology is becoming a huge part of today's society, bringing that technology into the classroom is becoming vital.  Allowing students to handle the iPads can help them focus for tasks throughout the lesson.  Students will partner up with one another, each pair controlling an iPad.  One student will perform tasks while the other student films them with the iPad and then switch roles.  When they finish, the students then assess themselves on whether or not they performed the tasks correctly based on their given cues.  This could be a great way for peer assessments.  With an application that was set up by the school, students are also able to check off what they may have missed, and the tasks are based off of a point system.  It would also be an easier way for the teacher to assess their students by being able to watch the videos and use the point system or rubric for each task.  The teacher could also take notes on what the student needs to work on to give more efficient feedback.  Allowing students to watch themselves afterward helps them understand what they may need to work on through personal observation.

The only downside to having these would be the cost of all the iPads.  Depending on school's budgets, it could be financially difficult to purchase these.  However, it would be a great way to transition to new styles of Physical Education, and a great opportunity for both instructors and students. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Why Physical Education?

At the beginning of the semester, many of the students had talked and blogged about why they chose to go into the field of Physical Education.  I never really talked about it that much, nor thought about it too much.  Everyone says that they go into education because they love working with kids, but then we come across the teachers in Grade School that seem to be completely miserable when coming into work.  Maybe they just did it for the weekends and Summers off.  The way I see it, is teachers have the opportunity to change the way children see the world.  They have a chance to mold their minds and make a great impact in children's lives.  For teachers, being in the field of Education should be rewarding to them.

Earlier this week, teachers in Bennington, Vermont went on strike and schools were closed during the negotiations with board members.  "The issues separating the two sides include salaries, health insurance and time spent with students."  It completely blows my mind that teachers would do this for more money.  They should know by now that there are not large salaries in teaching.  There are plenty of people out there that would do anything to find a teaching job nowadays, and these teachers are taking away from the kids' education when the schools are forced to be closed.

 

For the past six years, I have worked with kids every Summer for my town's recreation department.  It is something that I wish to never give up.  Every time the Summer comes to an end, I feel there was more I could have done for the kids, and I try to think of things I could do for them next Summer.  I want kids to remember me as being a positive influence in their lives as I have done for people that have influenced me since childhood.  


This is a picture of a note that a couple girls had written for me at the end of the Summer.  This is something that makes me feel like I did something for them that they appreciated.  It is very rewarding to me to receive something like this from kids, and this is the reason that I want to be a teacher.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Stop Bullying!

One thing that seems to be a major concern in our schools today is bullying.  There are many children, boys and girls, who are being bullied every single day.  In fact, "one-third to a half of America's children report being bullied at least once and 10 percent feel continually targeted."  There is not just physical bullying in schools, but there is also something known as cyber bullying as well.  Boys and girls can both be harassed through the internet and cell phones.  Physical and verbal abuse can do harm to children at all ages.  This can lead to low self-esteem and even youth suicides.

Bullying seems to almost be accepted in schools today.  Teachers do not realize the large number of students that are actually being bullied.  They feel that students are just "tattling, it's a natural behavior."  Well, teachers need to become knowledgable with this information.  Teachers need to take charge and not only put a stop to bullying, but to prevent it from happening in the first place.  If a child comes to you as a teacher, you need to take action in helping this student.  During my EDU 256 Field Experience last Winter, there was an incident in the high school locker room, one student placed saw dust from a previous class into a fellow students locker.  My host teacher took action in contacting the Vice
Principal, the Wood Tech teacher and Principal.  Teachers need to make sure their students understand that bullying will not be tolerated and consequences will be paid.

Source: Teachers, Schools, and Society

I recently saw a commercial for a website informing about bullying in schools.  It provides a great deal of information on bullying for kids, teens, parents and educators.

Stop Bullying

Monday, October 10, 2011

SUNY Cortland Phys. Ed Mini Conference

For yet another year, SUNY Cortland hosted the annual Phys. Ed Mini Conference.  This just adds to the reason that SUNY Cortland is so reputable for its Physical Education Department.  It is a great opportunity as well as an amazing resource for SUNY Cortland Physical Education students.
One workshop I most definitely was the ExerGame Station.  I was introduced to this last year with my Professor Dr. Stephen Yang.  With technology continuously on the rise in today's society, video games have become a big part of all households with children.  We do not see much of this equipment in local school's physical education program, but it is something to should be.  Not only do kids get to play games, but they are exercising in order to take controls.  What if you had to playing a car racing game, but the only way to accelerate with the car, you had to pedal a stationary bike? Well that is how you play the game.  Using the technology with the video games, this could help children focus on them while getting a workout.  While playing these games, most children will not even have their mind on the fact that they are actually exercising.  Public schools would benefit from this program greatly.  It would also allow the school to make its transition away from the "old school gym class."  This is what exercising is becoming; getting out with the old and in with the new.  I hope a lot of students, teacher candidates and teachers from all over the state were able to attend this workshop.  It is something they should certainly be introduced to.  Maybe they could make the difference for their school.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Successful Adaptive Lesson

For only the third time of the semester, I had my two BOCES students for a Physical Education lesson.  The first two weeks were a bit challenging in the sense that the students have trouble following instructions, and do not like to participate in many activities.  So, I began to think of what else I could do with them to get them to participate.  I thought that maybe getting them out of the gym with the number of other students and teachers might be a decent idea.  Maybe everyone being around may be a bit of a distraction.  I thought that possibly bringing them to the fitness center downstairs would be a change of scenery, equipment and people.

I must say that this was successful in getting them to participate and exercise.  I got my students to ride the stationary bike and elliptical showing them the different controls on each.  I also had them use some of the weight lifting machines to improve muscular strength.  I demonstrated each of the machines as well as explain what each machine worked on and the importance of each muscle group.  I allowed them to increase weight to see where their strength level is at.  I feel students should be introduced to weight lifting at a younger age so they can gain knowledge of muscular strength.

At the end of the lesson, the students were very excited that they were able to workout with the weights. They came back telling their BOCES teacher that they had just got done working out, and talking about muscles.  It was a great thing to hear.  When students get excited about something like this, it makes it so much easier on the teacher when planning the next lesson.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fit Body, Fit Planet

Nowadays, we see advertisements, signs and even bumper stickers saying, "Green." I fitness center in my local area has recently opened.  It is not your typical gym or fitness center.  This is one that can make an impact on the planet as well as paying the electricity bill.  


"Core is the first fitness facility in upstate New York to utilize technology created by The Green Revolution that captures energy from cycling classes and converts it to electricity that helps power the studio.When members pedal any one of the 26 exercise bicycles in the studio, the "human electricity" generated by their workouts is sent to the building's electrical grid to power everything from the lights to the air conditioning."


Core is not only offering an opportunity for people to help themselves, but their planet and community as well.  I feel as though this is a way for people to find a reason to exercise.  If they see this as a way of doing good for their planet and their community, they may find it necessary to contribute in a non-costly way.  The fitness center uses the human energy to run power.  This could be a costly way to exercise in schools; however, students can learn other ways to exercise and benefit their community at the same time.  For instance biking to class, walking to work, walking to the local track instead of driving (use it as a warm-up).  This could be a great way for people in the community to exercise and contribute together.  

Read more: http://poststar.com/news/local/new-glens-falls-gym-generates-buzz-with-green-technology/article_f2fecc98-e171-11e0-b88e-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1ZDdvU6tn

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

CrossFit in Physical Education?

For those of you who have not tuned in to the Reebok CrossFit Games on ESPN 2, you are truly missing out on something incredible.  The athletes they show train all year round to compete, and prove that they are the fittest people in the world.  They do not only train for these events, but they train for events they do not know they are participating in until minutes before it begins.  They are here to expect anything.  These events are nothing like the Strong Man Competition where they just measure pure muscular strength, but some of the events include: pull-ups, sit ups, monkey bars, cycling, running, swimming and even walking distance on their own hands.

So, what if we were to include CrossFit into Physical Education class?  Can we get kids to start at a younger age in preparing for this type of fitness?  Of course, we would have to decide at what age could this program be used appropriately.  To begin, Physical Education teachers need to be more concerned with proper form rather than results.  As kids begin to progress, then we can keep track of results in order for them to set goals and eventually develop a fitness program for themselves.  However, because these are just children, we need to make it fun for the kids.  Use the workouts and develop games for the kids that they can enjoy while working out.  Hard work can be disguised with fun and games.  So the question is, can we mold children into becoming some of the fittest people in the world?  It is up to us.

Here is a great promotional video for CrossFit Kids


I am also sharing a website that shows workouts, demos, nutrition and access to lesson plans for CFK.  I feel with the publicity and promotion, this could become the future of fitness.

Forging the Future of Fitness

Monday, September 19, 2011

Teaching Adaptive Physical Education

Last Friday, I had my first opportunity of teaching two students for my Adaptive Physical Education Lab (EDU 356).  The two students I was assigned came from BOCES, and both have ADHD.  I honestly had no idea what to expect going into Friday's lesson.  The previous Friday was when we were given our placement students, and the Monday right after, our lesson plans were due.  Without having met my students, it was difficult to come up with activities for them.  I was unclear as to what they were going to enjoy, and what they might get bored doing.  I came up with a variety of activities and sports that I thought they might like, but I was mistaken.  Having looked at their file that were put together by past PE Teacher Candidates, I thought I may have had a solid lesson plan.  Right off the bat, the kids refused to participate in anything I had planned: locomotor skills, basketball skills, soccer skills, throwing and catching.  The only thing that they wanted to do was throw balls at bowling pins in order to knock them down.  This lab has helped me realize even more that as a teacher, I must be prepared for any type of situation.  For all I know, these students may be interested in playing the games and activities I had planned before, next week.  I do know now that these students are interested in throwing at targets, so I have planned a lesson using different types of targets for them to throw at: pins, hoops, cones etc.  I will post on this weeks outcome. Until then...stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Out With The Old, In With The New...Fitness Tests

Have any of you ever asked your parents about their "Gym" teacher when they were in High School?  Maybe you have seen the TV shows with the kids in Physical Education who are extremely intimidated by their teacher because they are the ones that are humiliated by all the other students.  Whether the show is real or not, kids have experienced these certain situations.  Today in Physical Education, we are trying to get away from the typical fitness tests that may have potential to embarrass a select group of students.  Physical Education is supposed to be taught and utilized to promote future healthy activities that will last a lifetime.  We cannot have students take these tests at the beginning of the school year, become embarrassed and not want to participate for the rest of the year.  We want them to enjoy it so they want to continue a healthy lifestyle.  It is not just up to the Physical Education teacher to promote this healthy lifestyle, but parents need to start playing a role as well.  Parents need to become an influence in their child's lives by participating in activities with them, getting them to eat healthier at home and utilizing the resources in their community to stay active outside of school (NYS LS 3).  Teachers and schools need to come up with other tests to limit students feeling uncomfortable.  Maybe running the mile is not the best idea because there may be the one or two students everyone is waiting for.

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In my most recent Exercise Physiology lab, we were asked the question as to whether or no we felt these tests really tested a person's true physical fitness.  I feel as though it does not.  However, I do feel it can give an idea of where you may stand physically, but as far as TRUE fitness goes, I do not think these few tests can measure that.  They can give measurements based on results and can give the idea as to where you can improve.

So, lets make it fair for the kids.  We want everyone to be healthy and safe while enjoying their physical activities.


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Take a look at this article for further insight and possible physical fitness test ideas:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sc-health-0914-fitness-presidents-test-20110914,0,6330618.story

Monday, September 12, 2011

Schools Look to Make Cuts

As we hear over and over again, schools throughout New York State are making cuts in education in order to save money.  Last Spring, Ballston Spa Central School District, a school near my hometown near Saratoga Springs, cut five Physical Education positions.  Keeping one of the Physical Education teachers, who had probably been there the longest, will be accompanied in classes with teacher's assistants.  Is this the right thing to do?  Some people criticize Physical Education programs and argue that the classroom teacher can keep them physically active.  Even though this is true, and classroom teachers should still keep their students physically active, children need to be physically educated.  Physical Education teachers are the professionals with the knowledge to physically educate children.  Because Ballston Spa looks to fill a large budget gap, they are also moving to cut spending on Special Education programs as well as Summer school programs except for students with disabilities.

So, what does all of this say about us teacher candidates?  What are we supposed to expect for the future job openings?  Do we need to move out of New York State?  It is really difficult to say.  We are completely unsure of what the job market is going to be like in the near future.  As teacher candidates in Physical Education, we need to do everything we can in order to set ourselves apart from the rest of the field.  Of course schools feel they can just allow TAs to teach Physical Education because there are Administrators and tax payers out there that still are not convinced of the value of our profession.  They feel that "those who can't teach, teach gym class."  We need to do everything we can to prove it wrong.


Here is the article from last Spring for anyone interested in reading it
http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2011/03/03/news/doc4d6f0a984d1cd433968778.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Summer of Fun and Play

This past Summer was one full of activity, exercise and fun.  I was not home for two weeks and was off to Raquette Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Park for 12 days.  This was a requirement for my B.S. in Physical Education at SUNY Cortland.  This was one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever been able to experience.  At first, I was uneasy about going because it seemed as though 12 days was going to be a long time without outside contact, but it flew by.  The first few days at camp went by a little slow.  We learned Orienteering and other knowledge about being the outdoors.  We learned how to canoe as well as rescuing people in a flipped canoe.  When the day came for the High Ropes Course, everyone began to understand what the purpose of being there was: working well with others to form a bond.  This is why much of the assessment was Affective Domain dealing with Personal and Social Behavior.  When it was time to pack up and head out into the High Peaks for the next five days, I was excited, but anxious at the same time.  I had always enjoyed hiking, but I had never spent nights out in the mountains before.  It ended up to be a blast, and I plan on doing it again in the future.  I would like to climb all of the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains.  As a future Physical Education teacher, I feel as though students need Outdoor Education.  Learning how to canoe and doing hikes are great ways to influence healthy lifestyles.  By promoting these activities, students gain an opportunity to experience lifetime activities.  They also get to experience of the outdoor aesthetics.  It is an extraordinary way for students to work together as a group or team in order to accomplish goals. 






When I got back from Raquette Lake, I began my 6th Summer as an Assistant Recreation Director for the Town of Fort Edward.  I could not ask for a better Summer job than this.  We provide children with ample opportunities for play throughout the entire Summer.  They are provided with equipment and activities such as basketball, softball, arts and crafts, golf, bowling, weight lifting, volleyball and occasional field trips.  Some of these activities are split up for certain days of the week, but our park is open to anyone with equipment provided.  The Recreation Department is also funded by public tax payers, so the      children are able to participate in the activities for free.  For five weeks, our park hosted a 5th and 6th grade girls basketball league where I was able to referee games for them.  For anyone planning on going to school for education, there is no better job than to be working with kids.  Not only does it give great experience, but it also provides greater enjoyment in working with children.  As a Physical Educator, I feel as though this job working with kids in all of the activities we provide helps even more.


An event I had the opportunity to participate in this Summer was called "Warrior Run."  It was held at West Mountain, a ski mountain, located near Lake George, NY.  It was the first time my area had held this race.  It was a 5K race up and down the mountain with a number of obstacles including walls, fire pit, wind tunnel, etc.  It was not exactly what I expected, but the workout itself was intense.  I was able to complete it in just over 42 minutes which was 246th place out of about 1600 runners.  I was impressed with myself, but not as impressed with two of my friends who finished 2nd and 12th overall.  It was a great thing for us to do not only for the workout, but for the experience as well.  We plan on going on to bigger and tougher things for next Summer, including the Tough Mudder, which takes a good deal of training and preparation.  I think it would be exciting for Physical Education teachers to develop some sort of races for students; preferably high school, with smaller obstacles.  I feel as though students may be more excited to run and get some sort of workout while challenging themselves.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Beginning to an End

It has been quite a while since my last blog.  In fact, it has not been since last Fall Semester that I made a post.  A new and final semester has just begun, but this time I will be posting my blogs from EDU 470.  It seems as though we will be getting into the depths of what is really like being a teacher in a real school system.  Now that reality is beginning to set in about becoming part of a school system as a teacher, we need to understand what is going on with them.  Should we be part of a union?  How safe will my position be?  How will my retirement look in my contract?  These are all things that are important in becoming an educator.

For our first class we wrote down a few things we feel should be necessary for an educational aspect:

"I hope that Physical Education will become a more respected field in the near future."

"I believe children need Physical Educators in their lives in order to influence them to live a healthy lifestyle."

"I will use my knowledge of Physical Education in order to implement a curriculum into schools."



As teacher candidates, just think to yourself about how you feel.

As we progress throughout the final chapter, start thinking about how you will be as a professional.  Set yourself apart; be unique.  There is not much time left until we are all out there looking for the same position.  This is the beginning to the end of our time training to become professional educators.  Enjoy the ride.