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How I Teach: Michael Beringer

The more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post is by a yet another great teacher from the state of Wisconsin:

Name: Michael Beringer
Where Are You From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Where Do You Teach: Fairview –Milwaukee Public Schools
One word that best describes how you teach:
Passionately

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

That’s a very hard question to answer. There are so many different apps, tools, and resources that have made me the Physical Education specialist I am today.

The resources I definitely can’t live without are PE Central, PE Universe, Mr. Gym, the Spark Curriculum, PELink4U, ThePhysicalEducator.com and of course my blog!! Some of the books I would recommend are The Great Activity Newsletter, Spark by John Ratey, Physical Education Outside the Box By Bud & Sue Turner, Make It Take It Fitness Games, and Awesome Elementary School P.E. Activities by Cliff Carnes.

Some of the other tools and apps would be Facebook, and Twitter. There is a huge PE community on the web, along with the social media sites that you can constantly share and find ideas in the matter of seconds. For convenience, I can’t live without my Samsung tablet and my portable music player called the Ion Block Rocker. These two devices allow me to have music and an instant stop and go signal anywhere, even outside.

Lastly, I couldn’t live without my “Welcome to Physical Education Class. What are we learning today?” sign. It keeps me accountable and gives my students a quick preview of the lesson for the days learning intentions.

What do your #physed classes look like?

If you visited my school and did a walk through and came into my class, a typical Fairview Physical Education class would start with a 5 Levels of Fitness Activity. We would then go into our focus (usually one of the NASPE Standards for Physical Education). Lastly, we would finish class with a game, drill, or activity where we would apply what we went over for the day. My classes throughout the year provide plenty of variety in activities. You will see integration, differentiated instruction, and student lead activities. I believe in keeping kids active a.s.a.p. and for as long as possible. I teach 10 different grades form k4 to 8th grade and they only have Physical Education once a week for 45 minutes. Being organized is a must.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I want my students to remember their Physical Education experience. I want them to enjoy being physically active. I absolutely love searching, finding, and creating new ideas to try with my students. What makes my teaching truly unique is every student having their own piece of equipment, using mini games, no eliminating games, little to no waiting time, and making my class an opportunity for all students as much as possible.
I’m a big believer in teaching social skills in a physical activity setting. Saying good game, no thank you, and please, as well as, sharing, taking turns, accepting everyone’s differences, and recognizing good effort are all important in my classes. Sport and physical activity etiquette is an important life skill.

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

Some of the best teaching advice I’ve ever received throughout my career so far is as follows:

  1. Always over plan.
  2. Always meet your students at the door and greet them as they enter.
  3. Learn your students’ names A.S.A.P.
  4. Get them moving as soon as possible.
  5. Talk to them as often as you can outside the Physical Education class.
  6. Try to go to some of their outside athletic events and interests.

Where can people find you online?

My blog: http//:fairviewpe.blogspot.com

Twitter: @PEberingmx

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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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