Monday, October 27, 2008

My Recorded Lesson

A few weeks ago I taught my second lesson of the year. This time I was wearing a microphone that recorded everything I was saying. After teaching I was able to listen to my lesson that I had recorded. I came to realize that I need to project my voice a little better when talking to the class. I also need to work on giving more feedback. When giving feedback I need to get away from the general feedback such as “good job” and move more into specific feedback, using the cues of my lesson when giving feedback. Overall I feel the lesson went alright. If I can start projecting my voice a little more and start giving more specific feedback, my lesson will be even better.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dr. John R. Passarini

Last Friday there was a mini conference here at the college. Dr. John R. Passarini was the keynote speaker for the conference. Dr. Passarini is the winner of the Disney Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in 2003. He is Adaptive Physical Education Teacher who has made a huge impact on many students’ lives. After listening to and watching video clips about his profession, it makes me want to learn more about Adaptive Physical Education and make myself a better overall Physical Education Teacher.

His motto is that “Nobody is disabled, we are all differently-abled.” One of the strongest things he said for me was that it doesn’t matter if you are working with a world-class athlete or if you are working with someone in a wheelchair, you are going to use the same approach. He said our job is to find the ability level the student is at and ask yourself, what can I do to further their ability level?

Dr. John R. Passarini is an amazing guy who has helped so many people and families. Dr. Passarini has made me want to become a better teacher and learn as much as I can about Adaptive Physical Education. Hopefully when I become a Physical Educator I will have an impact on my students’ lives just as Dr. Passarini does.