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How I Teach: Crystal Gorwitz

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 one of the most energetic, positive and accomplished teachers I’ve ever had the chance to meet. Read on to learn more about this amazing teacher from Wisconsin, USA.:

Name: Crystal Gorwitz
Where Are You From: Hortonville, Wisconsin
Where Do You Teach: Hortonville Middle School
One word that best describes how you teach: Enthusiasm

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

I cannot live without Kahoot, NearPod, Fitbit, ClassDojo, Coach’s Eye, Decide Now, Polar GoFit, Pocket and Google Calendar. I also use my iPad everyday and am lucky to have an Apple TV and a ceiling mounted projector in my gymnasium.

What do your #physed classes look like?

If you walked into my physical education classes you would see students working collaboratively in their sport education teams to help each other to be successful lifetime movers. You would see examples of sportsmanship by my students giving their classmates encouragement in many different ways.

I really emphasize sportsmanship to my students because they are not seeing this by watching professional sports teams. Of course my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers, have had many great role models for sportsmanship like Donald Driver, Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson. So I can reference these great athletes and have my students model themselves after them!

They also would be using pedometers and bluetooth heart rate monitors to help them reach their daily step goal or working out in their target heart zone.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

A unique thing about my teaching is that I live in Wisconsin so we have a lot of snow every winter and that brings unique opportunities for my physical education classes. One of my all time favorite units each year is my snowshoeing unit. I love taking my students outside on a beautiful winter day to experience how fun it is to be out in nature and exercise.

I am a lifetime learner and I am always on the lookout for something new that I can bring into my classroom to motivate my students to love to move. I am a very reflective teacher and am always analyzing my lessons and how I can improve my instruction.

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

My favorite college professor, Shirley White was my dance instructor and one of the most influential people in my life. She was my number one mentor and gave me this advice, “Have confidence in yourself and dance through life”. I am still dancing forty years later and think about Shirley just about every day!

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @ClearlyCrystal
Podcast: Crystal and Jo’s Excellent PE Adventures

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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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