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How I Teach: Mark Williams

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 from another great teacher teaching abroad:

Name: Mark Williams
Where Are You From: Wales (UK)
Where Do You Teach: Stamford American International School (Singapore)
One word that best describes how you teach:
Reflectively

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

Things I can’t live without while teaching: Video DL Pro, YouTube, Twitter, Evernote, Google Drive, Skitch, Pocket, CoachMyVideo, a sense of humour, Aurasma, Dicemaker, Videoscribe, Logo Maker to name a few. The three main things I always carry are my iPad mini, a handheld projector and I like to keep it old school with a white board and markers. Oh and who can live without hi-tech Butcher paper?

What do your #physed classes look like?

I think my #physed classroom looks and sounds very collaborative and experimental, with students asking questions that hopefully lead to deeper understandings where transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary connections are being made and applied. I think it is a fun, active and good place to use old skills and develop and apply new ones. My #physed classroom is certainly not traditional or skill based but a place where students see all skills as transferable in nature.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I think the fact that I endeavour to create a fun environment where #physed activities rely on the students being the main focus and contributors to their learning/understanding and me being a guide, mentor or facilitator for this learning. I like to empower students to take risks and inquire into the questions I present and be happy and comfortable in making mistakes. It’s a very reflective classroom with students giving each other constant feedback and ideas.

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

I have 2 pieces of advice that are not necessarily PE related but where given to me by great teachers. The first is ‘Manners maketh the man and costeth nothing’. I use this constantly with students but when it was said to me I was being advised to treat all people within school community the same way. Students, groundsmen, teachers, canteen staff, parents, governors… we all have an important role to play in the education of students.

Secondly years ago I used to be very focused on getting to the top of my profession, sometimes to the detriment of my teaching. A friend wisely advised me that,’ Eagles may sore but ferrets never get sucked into jet engines!’ Now I love my teaching and know that doing it well will have its own rewards.

Where can people find you online?

I can be found on Twitter (@Williams10Mark) and on Google+

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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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