How I Teach: William Bode
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 a passionate high school physical educator from Charlotte, North Carolina:
Name: William Bode
Where Are You From:Charlotte, North Carolina
Where Do You Teach:Performance Learning Center High School
One word that best describes how you teach:Student-centered
What apps/tools/resources can’t you live without?
Almost anything Google. I am a GAFE geek. My students use Google forms to analyze/reflect upon their learning and check in to see which concepts they need to continue to learn. My classes use Google slides to document their learning in a sportfolio style format. Our students are 1:1 Chromebooks, so I use Google Classroom to keep everything organized and efficient.
What do your #physed classes look like?
As a high school teacher, I feel that students need to learn how to make decisions, especially when it comes to being physically active. So my #physed classes look like a science experiment, which would make me the mad scientist. Each class has its own special chemicals (students) and it is my job to carefully mix them, test them, and in the end prove that my experiment produced a student that is moving closer to physical literacy. My lessons are carefully calculated to move my students to physically literacy, and as with some scientific experiments they blow up in your face. But that is OK, because I teach my students, who double as my scientific apprentices, that mistakes are expected and serve to teach us valuable lessons. I know is an odd analogy, but I want my students to experiment with different activities and sports to find what works for them. Also isn’t that what we do as physically literate adults? I have tried several activate as I have aged, some I didn’t care for, but some I have found to be wonderful. I want to provide this same experience for my students as they finish high school and move into the next chapter of their lives.
What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?
The most unique thing about my teaching would be my students. Our school draws students from all over the county, which leads to a very diverse class make-up. With this diversity I have to be very flexible to tailor make each class to meet the varying needs of my students. I have taught so many different activities throughout the years to provide my students things they have never done before. We have done self-defense, orienteering, adventure ed activities, golf, disc golf and many others.
In giving students a choice I find it less difficult to motivate them to participate in class. They have choices in what they are learning and how they learn it. My students, along with their own uniqueness, makes everyday new and exciting. I never have a dull day, which is one of the reasons I love teaching.
What’s the best teaching advice you’ve ever received?
Kids don’t care what you know, until they know you care. Teaching is about building relationships.
Where can people find you online?
School Website (Physical Education): https://sites.google.com/a/cms.k12.nc.us/relevant-pe/home
I am a co-founder of #PhysEdSummit and work with the awesome folks at PHYSEDagogy to bring free, online professional development for Physical Education and Health teachers. Our next #PhysEdSummit will be in August.
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