How I Teach: Matt Pomeroy

One of my favourite blogs to get ideas from is Lifehacker. Of all the posts they put out, my favourite series of blog post has to be the How I Work in which Lifehacker has leaders in the tech/design industry share facts on how they get work done. I was thinking of how cool it would be if we had a similar series that highlighted various members of the #physed network. So, without further ado, I give you the second post in’s How I Teach series:

Name: Matt Pomeroy
Where Are You From: Madison, Wisconsin
Where Do You Teach: Merton, Wisconsin
One word that best describes how you teach:

What apps/tools/resources can’t you live without?

My MacBook Pro & iPhone are the two tools that have affected my teaching style the most. I really enjoy making fitness videos, flipping classes, and creating dynamic presentations on my MacBook! I love using iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote to help me develop most of my work. My iPhone is never very far away from me when I am teaching. I use the Music Workout app by @mrrobbo a couple times a week! It really gets my students hearts pumping! I also frequently use Coach’s Eye, CoachNote, SprintTimer, Nike Training Club, Workout Trainer, Six Pack Promise, & iHeartRadio for all my other #physed & #pegeek needs!

What do your #physed classes look like?

I teach 7th and 8th grade and my classes look very different every unit. Right now we alternate between a “fitness” related activity, a “sport” related activity, and every now and then there is time for some cutting edge 21st century physical education activities! The fitness classes can be anything from circuit weights, circuit fitness, SAQ, boot camp, yoga, pilates, etc. My sport related classes look pretty similar. I always try to incorporate a warm up activity where my students can get started with their learning right away, then go into a skill focus (I try to keep my skill focus moving, active, and when possible even make it HIIT), and finally class usually finishes with small sided modified games! I have had a chance to develop a few 21 century physical education activities that incorporate technology into physical education class. Geocaching was an exciting unit for my students to learn, and in the spring we will introduce our Merton Physical Education Amazing Race using our iPads. Our students will use QR Codes to find and complete fitness, sport, and cooperative videos challenges that we have created! I can’t wait to teach this unit! I always try to keep everything fun, fresh, new and exciting!

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

The different spaces that I teach in. I share the gym with another teacher and we have to alternate when we use the gym. Through this experience, I have had to develop a curriculum based on what spaces are open to teach in. We frequently use our Little Theatre (which has many different levels or steps where my students can do many fitness activities), the cafeteria, our small fitness room, and we go outside as much as we can! Especially in the winter! It’s hard when you have to teach in so many different spaces, but it is always exciting and it helps me create new units! I always am thinking about how to break down the gym walls and teach many different ways!

What’s the best teaching advice you’ve ever received?

“Have you ever heard of Twitter?” I can’t say enough good things about Twitter! I have met so many fantastic people and teachers that I can learn from on a daily basis. With the constant conversation around physical education, fitness, and 21st century tools all you can do is continue to grow! It pushes you to be the best teacher around, because you hear all the amazing things that everyone else is doing! Plus I believe I have never felt alone in my teaching. There are so many professionals on Twitter that are always there to help you no matter what you need. Thank you to all the #physed teachers and #pegeeks! You are amazing!

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @Physed_Pomeroy




Joey Feith is the founder of He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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