Philosophy and Personal Statement

I want to teach because I love working with children and find it very rewarding to know you make the slightest difference in one child's life and how much they appreciate you, even though they may not express their appreciation.  I look forward to the day when I am able to share with my students everything I have learned and experienced with physical activity. I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and encourages a sharing of ideas.  The success of each student is extremely important and can be achieved by having students work at their own personal level where they feel successful.  While providing students the opportunity to be successful, there should be various challenges for students to accomplish based on, their diverse learning styles. 

Providing an education should be enjoyable for the teacher, but most of all, the student.
Testing, feedback, reporting, and grading play a very important role in the learning experience for students.  When students are given a pre then post test, the teacher is able to evaluate how much the students have learned, retained, and understand throughout the course of the year.  This information helps the teacher understand if he or she is being an effective educator with the different learning practices being used. 

Having the respect of my students is very important, and I would like for my students to view me as respectful towards them in return.  I would also like for my students to view me as a role model that they can look up to and come to for advice.  It is important for my students to view me as a positive, trustworthy, and honest adult in their lives.  I think that I am capable of contributing a positive, fun, encouraging, and dependable attitude.  I am passionate about physical activity and health and excited to share my knowledge of physical activity and health with today’s youth.  I would like to initiate the use of technology in the classroom.  Technology does not just involve heart rate monitors and pedometers; it involves video games, exergames, and accelerometers.  We live in a tech savvy world, with today’s youth completely engrossed in technology, that introducing more modern technology into Physical Education and Health Education will help motivate students to get up and move.