How I Teach: Collin Brooks

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 the Oregon SHAPE President-Elect and newest contributor to

Name: Collin Brooks
Where Are You From: I am originally from Longmont, Colorado. Born and raised Coloradan! However, I currently live in Bend, OR.
Where Do You Teach: I teach at RE Jewell Elementary School in Bend, OR. Bend is an amazing spot for outdoor pursuits.
One word that best describes how you teach:

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

My favourite teaching app is Remote. This app directly mirrors my iTunes library from my computer to my iPad or iPhone. I hook up my computer to my PA system and can start and stop music from anywhere in the gym using by iPad or iPhone and WiFi. I use this as part of my management. I also really like AirServer and Apple TV which mirror your mobile device to your computer. This is a great teaching tool for quickly displaying visuals during a lesson.

What do your #physed classes look like?

I would consider my classes very structured learning environments but run at a fast pace. I try to be a master manager and predict certain students’ behaviours so I can better set them up for success. I also really focus on positive specific skill and behaviour feedback.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I think the most unique thing about my teaching is that I try to create an engaging environment that is based upon current student interests. This would include activities where students can become their favourite super heroes or virtual characters. I find this opens the “learning door” for me where I can expand on developmentally appropriate learning outcomes for my students while they are engaged at a high level.

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

The best teaching advice that I have received came from my mentor teacher Meg Greiner during my oral graduate exam. I was asked which beginning NAPSE Teacher Standard was the most important. I gave the safe answer by saying they were all important. Meg chimed in and said that it was the management standard. Without strong management skills as a teacher it is not possible to meet any of the other standards. I took this advice to heart, and my focus on management has paid dividends in my students’ abilities to meet standards and grade level outcomes.

Where can people find you online?

People can find me on Twitter. My handle is @collinbrooksie. I am also a contributor for

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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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