How I Teach: Reema Kahar
by Joey Feith
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 an incredibly passionate physical educator from India:
Name: Reema Kahar
Where Are You From: Surat, Gujarat, India
Where Do You Teach: Fountainhead School
One word that best describes how you teach: Enthusiastic
What apps/tools/resources can’t you live without?
I use a Sony Vaio while at school and have just started using an iPad this year. The gizmo (iPad) is very handy and a part of my daily physed class.
A few Apps I use:
- Google Drive: To help me organize my curriculum, planning and daily execution.
- Keynote & Prezi: To help me with all of my presentation stuff.
- Penultimate, Pages & Evernote: To help keep anecdotal record during any physed class.
- iMovie: To showcase students learning to parents via YouTube.
- ClassDojo: To help with classroom behaviour management
- Google Forms: To collect data and reflection from students
- Ubersense: For video analysis
Twitter undoubtedly is the best by far & my favourite PD tool.
Software I use with my laptop:
- Camtaisa: Helps create professional videos without having to be a video pro. It also allows you to easily record your on-screen activity, customize and edit content, and share videos with viewers on any device.
- Corel Draw and Photoshop: Both help to create visuals and work sheets.
What do your #physed classes look like?
Focused, chaotic, maximum activity time, fun and movement. My class looks very different every unit. When you enter my class you will observe students working in smaller group where every student has a voice. I am constantly moving around motivating and giving regular feedback to students.
I also have students working in large groups where I create activity stations for students. They start on the music’s signal, stop and move to the next station when music stops.
After every activity I give students an opportunity to self analyze and reflect on their performance through post its, charts or Google Forms.
After every class I take ten minutes and give feedback to the class and I also award students with stars, smiley and badges for their performance. I feel it is very important for my students to know that I am observing and tracking their performance each and every class.
What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?
I may have many unique things and thought my students and colleagues could answer this one as they are the observers. This is what they replied:
“You make concepts easier to understand! even if a topic is complicated. At the end of the day. we are left with NO doubts after your session.” – Krunal Gajera
“The most important one: The student-teacher connection/relation you maintain is really something unique!” -Avi Nandwani
“You include interesting stuff like videos and visuals. Your lessons are not just talking.” – Anoushka Jariwala
“You classes are interactive (students also have a voice). You include fun in your teaching.” -Rrutvik Modi
“You make students realize the importance of learning and encourage them as well as involve them in their learning. You teach them to be responsible for what they do during physed.” – Priyanka Chhabra
“You enhance your learning by applying various strategies beneficial for students learning. You try your very best to inculcate IT in PE which adds onto the challenge and technology. You are growing and bringing new concepts by editing it through your interaction with PE coaches across the globe. Great going!” – Mukti Hardasani
“You are passionate about teaching be it academics, ICT or PE.You plunge into the content completely and comes out with effective strategies to execute her planning thus engaging her student to the fullest. You keep yourself updated and is connected to teachers and PE coaches around the world. This surely adds a feather to your cap. Your planning and organization is set as model for your teammates. Your undying zest to learn and teach is commendable.” – Suparna Kadhepaw
“You are confident, knowledgeable and have clear understanding of the concept to be taught in PE. You cater to inquiry very well. Kids have a voice while you conduct classes.” – PE Team (Komal Narwal, Kalpesh Patel & Asif)
What’s the best teaching advice you’ve ever received?
The best teaching advice I have ever received was from Mr. Andy Vasily to get active on twitter. It’s a year now I have learned so much from the #physed community and can see the change in me as an educator.
Where can people find you online?
November 11, 2017
May 5, 2017
April 21, 2017