Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Welcome Back to School

Welcome back to school everyone!  I had a GREAT first week with my students.  I love coming back to school.  I feel so blessed that I chose PHYSICAL EDUCATION as my major in college.  I always knew I wanted to become a teacher, and being in the gymnasium and/or ball field is where I love to spend my time!  This is my 11th year teaching P.E.  My goal is to provide a safe, positive, and nurturing learning environment for every student.  I want them to feel as happy as I do when they are in P.E. class with me.

This year I work on Mondays and Wednesdays.  So parents, if your child has P.E on Tues/Thurs/Fri they have Mrs. H this year.  To all of my fellow P.E. teachers and parents who check my blog - thank you and please continue to check my blog, however I want to give you a heads up that I may not be posting as much as usual this semester as I am finishing up my Masters Degree. Please enter your email into the "subscribe" box on my blog and you will receive an automatic email when I update.  I hope to update at least 1-2 times per month.

The first week of school I always begin by teaching the following:

1)  Our Code of Cooperation (we have a school-wide code called "Central SHINES".  It is wonderful to teach in a school that has a shared vision and code of cooperation.  Every child knows what is expected of their behavior when they are here!

S - Shows Respect
H - Has Self-Control
I - Is Trustworthy
N - Never Gives Up
E - Engages in Learning
S - Stays Safe

2)  SOPs - Standard Operating Procedures - every teacher in our building has established SOPs in their classroom.  We have procedures in P.E. as well and I always teach these the first day and reinforce them throughout the year.  When students follow procedures no time is wasted!

3)  SPACIAL AWARENESS - All of my K-5th grade classes have a lesson on Spacial Awareness and how to move SAFELY in our space.

4)  Games and Warm-Up Activity - I teach the same warm-up for the month of September (Move and Stretch / The "Train Game" for K-2), and we also make time for a few fun games.  These fun games help us practice spacial awareness - Soap Bubbles Game, Tag, Builders and Bulldozers.

To all of the parents of my students - thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us.  I am excited to be your child's P.E. teacher and I will do my very BEST to create a safe, positive, and nurturing learning environment for them!

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  1. Hi Carly-

    I don't know if you would remember me, but my name is Biz Geertsma (Van Tiflin). I went to GVSU for PE and have subbed for your classes a few times. I just wanted to say hi and that I love your resources. Thanks for posting such great stuff! I am a elementary PE teacher at 3 different schools in Zeeland. I just began my 3rd year here. I had a question for you- what are you getting your masters in? I am trying to decide what to go back for and love to hear others' perspectives. Let me know. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Biz. Yes, I do remember you! Thanks so much for the nice comments. I'm glad to know you are finding my blog useful. It's always fun to connect with other PE teachers, especially those who live in the area. I am in the Adult and Higher Education program at GVSU. I always thought I would enjoy teaching college level classes someday so that is why I choose that program. They also offer a Masters in Educational Technology which I thought sounded interesting as well. Good luck to you and keep in touch!

  3. Thanks, Carly! I was looking into the Masters in Education Technology so I'm glad you mentioned that. I was interested in it, too! Have a great start to your school year. :)