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I am in my seventh year of teaching, all of which have been at St. Thomas More. I graduated from the University of Dayton in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. I am certified to teach K-12 Physical Education, and I completely love it!
 
I have also been in charge of our Latchkey program for six years. We offer before and after school care for our students. We provide a snack, homework help, and time to play with friends! 
 
In the summer of 2014, we started a Summer Latchkey program to care for the children of our school and our community during the summer break. We have had a very successful program so far, and we are looking forward to our third summer in 2016!
 

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Physical Education- Sixth through Eighth Grade

Our Junior High students participate in Physical Education class using the “Sport Education Model”. The Sport Education Model (SEM) is a model of teaching PE that encourages sportsmanship and teamwork. The focus is on learning to be responsible and work together while still improving the skills of each student. Our class units will now be referred to as “seasons”. Each season will last about 5 weeks, with some being half seasons. During each season, students are assigned a job for their team. We have Coaches, Fitness Trainers, Referees, and Scorekeepers. Everyone is also considered a player, and will participate in all activities.

Jobs will be assigned on a rotating basis so that all students will gain experience in each role. Teams will also be switched each season to give each student a chance to play with and against everyone in their class.

A quick breakdown of the jobs:

Coach: in charge of team practices and organization. Must turn in a team “practice plan” before the practice for that day starts. This is simply a sentence or two stating how they will practice the skill that I assign for that day.

Fitness Trainer: in charge of daily warm-ups for the team. They will also meet once with each team member and talk about what kind of fitness goal they would like to achieve during the season.  I will conduct a pre-test and post-test in different areas of fitness, and the trainer is responsible for helping each team member set a challenging, yet attainable goal for themselves.

Referee: will be given a packet of rules and terms for their sport. Should read over the rules (does not have to memorize) and be familiar with them. The rules will remain in the team folder so the referee can refer back to them if necessary. Each team has a referee, and during games, they must work with the referee on the team that they are opposing to ensure that the game played is safe, fair, and follows the rules. Any conflicts that cannot be resolved will be brought to my attention to discuss and settle.

Scorekeeper: will keep track of score for each game. Will be given a scorecard for each game, and should record all scoring players for the game that they are involved in. At the end of the game, they will meet with the other team’s scorekeeper to make sure they have the same stats. Scorekeeper is also responsible for recording the amount of “Fair Play” points their team wishes to assess the other team based on their game play and performance.

Team Points for the season will be recorded and displayed in the gym for each homeroom. These will be updated weekly to show the standings in each class. Points can be earned three different ways; Fair Play Points, Game Points, and Bonus Points.

Fair Play Points are based on the sportsmanship, behavior, knowledge of rules, and the cohesion of the team. Each team will give their opponent a score of 0-5 for every game. They also have to give a reason if they deduct any points. This will prevent giving low scores to increase your own team’s status in the standings.

Game Points are given after each game. 5 points/win, 3 points/tie, 1 point/loss.

Bonus Points are only assessed by the teacher. These points are awarded to teams who are doing exactly what they should- listening to their Coach and Fitness Trainer, practicing the skills, and giving the game and practice their best effort. Sportsmanship, good behavior, good knowledge of the rules of the game, and team cohesion will all be awarded, up to 25 points/day.

Using this scoring system, it is possible for a team who loses EVERY game to still win the season! This model is for promoting sportsmanship and responsibility, while still encouraging friendly competition.

In the past, students who are not comfortable playing a sport have tended to play on the sidelines of the game for fear of messing up. This model is designed to encourage those students to play, and for their teammates to both help them and encourage them. It is my hope that every student will be able to improve in each sport this year, whether it is by learning a skill, learning how to teach and coach a skill, or learning to take responsibility for themselves and their teammates.

 

Physical Education- Third through Fifth Grade

Our intermediate grades focus on learning the games in Physical Education class. By the time they reach Junior High, the know most of the rules for each of the sports that we play. We learn the games but still have an emphasis on developing the skills needed. We play modified games that allow for the most practice or opportunities to respond (OTR). Making the games smaller allows for more students involved in each game, which results in more practice and a better proficiency of the skills involved. 

Physical Education- Kindergarten through Second Grade

Our Kindergarten through Second Grade students learn the "Skill Themes" in Physical Education class. Using these skill themes, each student learns the basics of the movement concepts. Our games incorporate learning these various skills:

Throwing and Catching (underhand throw and overhand throw, throwing at targets)

Jumping and Landing (jumping on two feet, one foot, landing on two and one foot)

Methods of Traveling (Running, Skipping, Galloping)

Striking (using hands, paddles, and long-handled implements)

Kicking and Punting

Spatial Awareness (learning to move without running into others- it's harder than you would imagine!)

Dribbling and Volleying (bouncing a ball as in basketball, and hitting as in volleyball)

Transferring Weight (basic gymnastic skills)

 

I try to make these skills as fun as possible! We use small beanie baby animals to practice throwing and catching, we have relays to practice traveling, and we love to volley using balloons! Of course, we also play our fair share of tag games! The kids often do not realize that they are learning and practicing these basic skills. For example, during a simple game of "Sharks and Minnows", they are working on their Spatial Awareness. It requires a lot of practice to be able to run down the court, avoiding the Sharks and not getting tagged, as well as avoiding other Minnows. 

 

All in all, I like to think that we have a great time being active in Physical Education class, all while learning the basic skills that will help us to be active for a lifetime!