How I Teach: Rebecca Peter

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 comes from a passionate physical educator from Pennsylvania:

Name: Rebecca Peter
Where Are You From: Beech Creek, Pennsylvania
Where Do You Teach: Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School
One word that best describes how you teach:

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

I cannot live without Google Drive app! I access Google Drive on my iPad daily as a management tool for taking attendance, unit planning, scheduling, sharing documents with co-workers, creating presentations for classes, accessing Google Form responses, and creating in class activities. I love to use Educreations app (whiteboard) as a teaching tool in class during lessons. Socrative is used for in-class review and quizzing. Team Shake is an app my students and I use constantly for making teams or groups. iMuscle 2 gives the students an unbelievable visual of muscles in action. Finally, love QR Reader for reading QR codes during activities. Lastly, Twitter! Twitter is a must-have for all teachers interested in building their Personal Learning Network and for Professional Development.

What do your #physed classes look like?

My physical education classes look like the students are engaged in learning, creating, collaboration, and being active. The class is organized and follows a progression throughout the lesson. Students take responsibility and initiative in activities where I am merely the facilitator. The environment in my physical education classes is energetic, caring, fun, innovative, and respectful. Classes focus on teaching physical literacy, fitness concepts, skill development and practice, utilizing a TGFU approach and using technology. I am never too far from my iPad or iPhone either using it as a teaching tool or using the camera/video to capture the students doing something great! Oh yeah, and there is usually music playing!

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I’m a risk-taker in the classroom; but not in life! 🙂 Taking risks by trying new activities, games, units, etc. and letting my students know that I’m taking a risk and that we can do it together has been a main reason for my growth as an educator in the last couple of years. I try to implement technology in ways that is meaningful to the students while allowing for an increase in learning time. This year I’ve incorporated a couple activities/units that resulted in student-developed skills, games, activities which included peer-teaching and focused on collaboration. Being flexible and knowing that nothing is an emergency allows the students and I to trust one-another to dive into activities without knowing the outcome.

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

I guess the best advice I’ve ever received was a quote someone told me long ago by Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I feel this is especially true of children and learning! If students want to be in your class, if they are excited and happy to be there, and inquisitive as to what might happen; they will learn.

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @Teach4PE
Google+: +RebeccaPeter

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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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