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Monday, August 29, 2011

Fireworks for Lifelong Learning

Welcome back everyone!
We are looking forward to a great semester of working together in making education (and in particular physical education) transformative and transparent.

If you haven't heard, I believe YOU CAN make a difference, and I will do everything in my power and passion to help find your voice and make your students' learning the top priority.  They say if your students haven't learned, then you haven't taught properly. My goal is to guide and inspire you in the process of creating physically educated, active and healthy students.  With your dedication and commitment to learning and receiving constructive feedback, we hope to keep all our channels of communication open to facilitate all of our short and long-term goals.

This journey to a new era starts with you and I look forward to learning how I can best assist you in your life and professional pursuits.  To quote a current artist’s hit: "You just gotta ignite the light, And let it shine, Just own the night, Like the Fourth of July". Now let’s get out there and let your light shine through!

I have to thank Ben for originally posting this video and the following text on his blog PE Horizon

A mere music video, with a powerful message. Katy Perry's Firework, has a great message for everyone. We sometimes forget that we are all special in our own ways. We shy away from situations because we don't want to stand out in the crowd, or be judged by our friends. As professional's working with students to shape their minds, we have to be careful about the situations we put students in. We have to put thought into the impact our lessons will have on our students learning. In class we often teach the physical, and cognitive skills that the class calls for, but shaping our lesson to effect a students life for the future, will give our lessons a greater impact on our students. Teaching students through the affective domain to work on self confidence, respect, and teamwork could set a student up for future success. As teachers we sometimes forget about the affective domain, but in essence the affective domain is just as important, if not possibly more important to student learning. So remember, you are a firework, so go and let your colors burst, give all you have to offer as a teacher, and help your students shine in the future.
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