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How I Teach: Jo Bailey

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 fourth post in ThePhysicalEducator.com’s How I Teach series:

Name: Jo Bailey
Where Are You From: England, Hong Kong, and now Wausau, WI, USA
Where Do You Teach: D. C. Everest Senior High
One word that best describes how you teach:
Energetically!

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

I love gadgets! Heart rate monitors are one of my favourites – easy feedback for every student, pedometers, my iPad for timing, video analysis, presentations, my iPhone for music. Anything that helps me show my students a visual of what I am teaching them.
I also love my “Welcome to Physical Education, What are we learning today?” sign – it immediately frames my students that they are going to learn in physical education

What do your #physed classes look like?

I teach of Adapted Physical Education, Adventure Education, Cardio Fit, and Fitness for Life. Fitness for Life is our core class that all students take and this is where students really cement their knowledge of the foundations of healthy and physical activity. Adventure Education sees us rock climbing, doing high ropes and low element activities, canoeing, survival, exploring caves, team building, geocaching, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Adapted PE has taught me so much – just like teaching 9 different lessons at the same time – and I love how my students help me look at activities and equipment in different ways to best meet their needs. Cardio fit is great fun – we geocache & hike in a local state park, complete amazing races, fast food quizzes and giant nutrition board games, and try every activity under the sun! I just love my job and the huge variety of things I get to teach.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I always to try to keep my students on their toes, literally! I love coming up with new ways to make my students learning experience memorable. From warm up activities with playing cards (endless possibilities) and synchronized canoeing to the Blue Danube Waltz to crossing crocodile infested swamps and rescuing penguins stranded in the snow, there is always some way to add a new twist to an activity.

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

I am not exactly sure but I can identify a turning point for me – when I attended my first conference in the US. I was surrounded by people who were determined to provide the highest quality of physical education for their students. While I have always endeavoured to do this, networking with so many professionals really helped me mould and change my teaching. It also got me presenting as well and involved in Wisconsin Health and Physical Education (WHPE), our state organization for physical education and health.

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @lovephyed

Fitness Challenges Wiki: http://fitnesschallenges.wikispaces.com

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

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