My goal, as the physical education teacher at Oakridge, is to help every student become physically educated. There is a big difference between physical education and physical activity. Every person should be physically active at least 60 minutes everyday. Physical education, on the other hand, teachers your children how to be skillful and safe while being physically active at school and home. I teach skills such as kicking, striking, dribbling, throwing, catching, and jumping and landing, with and without equipment. I concentrate on locomotor skills such as hopping, skipping, galloping, and leaping early, and then we build on those skills. We develop balance, agility, speed, power and coordination, which transfer to all sports. I use technology to capture students moving so that we can use this knowledge to improve performance.
I also help students recognize and understanding their fitness level through both formal and informal assessments. With this knowledge we can analyze strengths and set goals to improve if needed, linking the appropriate activity to develop that area. Learning about nutrition is also a key to success.
Water safety, bike and pedestrian safety, and even sun safety are part of our curriculum.
However, teaching everyone the importance of cooperation, sharing, and respecting individual differences is evidenced everyday. I am so happy and excited to touch so many young lives everyday, and instill a love of movement that will last a lifetime.