Kate Cox How I Teach

How I Teach: Kate Cox

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 the 2017 California Middle School Teacher of the Year (Congrats!!!):

Kate Cox How I Teach

Name: Kate Cox
Where Are You From: Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently live in Redwood City, CA (San Francisco Bay Area)
Where Do You Teach: Corte Madera School, Portola Valley, CA
One word that best describes how you teach: Dynamic

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

Google Classroom, Video delay apps, Coach’s Eye, iMuscle, Team Shake

What do your #physed classes look like?

That’s a good question…it depends on the day. The word I chose to describe my teaching is dynamic because it’s always changing. I’m constantly trying to find the best method to delivery the lessons to maximize student learning. I like to practice what I preach: be a life-long learner, take risks, try new things, and fail forward. I am committed to, and passionate about, high-quality professional development. I like to take what I have learned at conferences (and on twitter) and try them out in class.

Generally speaking, you’d see a lot of student-driven, inquiry-based learning and cooperative work going on. You’d see students genuinely excited to be in Physical Education class where they are learning the skills, and gaining the knowledge and confidence to be a Physically Literate person.

And there are some things you’d see every day, in every class.

  1. You’d see students learning to move, and moving to learn. Students engaged physically AND cognitively.
  2. Students demonstrating the expectations: Play Hard, Play Fair, Play Safe and Be Ready to Learn!
  3. Assessment and Reflection

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

My passion for making moving, fitness and learning fun by focusing on 5 C’s: Connections with students, Creativity, Caring about quality, building Community and Camouflage Fitness.

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

Be Genuine: Show your students kindness and respect and you will get more out of them. Treat your class like a family.

Be Prepared to Make Mistakes: You’re learning, and mistakes will happen! Take note of what went wrong, why it went wrong, and how you might improve things for the next time.

Reflect: Always think about what you would change and do differently next time. Also note what worked and went really well so you can build off that the next time.

Get to know the custodian and office staff…they will be your life support!

Where can people find you online?


School Website: https://sites.google.com/a/pvsd.net/cms-pe/

Side note from Joey: I got to meet/hang out with Kate last summer at the Elementary Physical Education Workshop at CalPoly. Kate is an incredible person who does amazing work as a teacher with her students and as a teacher leader through her work with the Health and Physical Education Collaborative (alongside Terri Drain and other incredible teachers from California). If ever you have a chance to attend one of Kate’s HPEC workshops or see in her action at EPEW next summer (heck, I’ll be there!), don’t miss that opportunity! Thanks for all you do for physical education Kate and congratulations on a very well-deserved California ToY award!


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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