How I Teach Will Potter

How I Teach: Will Potter

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 awesome teacher from California who is the king of getting families involved in physical education!:

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Name: Will Potter
Where Are You From: Belmont, California (SF Bay Area)
Where Do You Teach: Serendipity School
One word that best describes how you teach: Imaginatively

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

Teaching exclusively outside, I can live without a lot of tech; but I love my iPhone 7 for photos, Block Rocker Stereo for music, iPad for digital posters/videos, and the Plickers App for assessment.

What do your #physed classes look like?

When you come to my class you will no doubtfully see fearless students who are skilled active movers, participating in joyful experiences. But along with that all of my lessons are filled with content designed to meet “C.L.E.A.R.” expectations.

Students are:

CREATIVE & PERCEPTIVE THINKERS: Students problem solve and Challenge themselves to think outside the box.

LIFE LONG LEARNERS: Students treat their learning like a journey and they will keep learning “from age 4 to 400” (ok maybe not that long, but we can hope)

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS: Students collaborate and communicate with their classmates in productive non violent ways. They share ideas and use their words when they have conflicts.

ACADEMICALLY ENRICHED: We all learn in a variety of ways, and in PhysEd we learn with movement. And while we are in PE we are not just PE students, but Kinesiologists studying how and why our bodies move the way that they do. Math, Science, Language Arts, even History are all along for the ride.

RESPECTFUL COMMUNITY MEMBERS: We respect others, we respect our communities both small and large, and we respect ourselves.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

Having an open door policy with my community is something I feel is special. I am not afraid of letting parents, administrators, or the community see whats happening in my classes. 10 Years of Bring Your Parents to PE events has shown me how powerful connecting to your community and building a relationship with them is.

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

I have been lucky enough to have many mentors with great advice. But there are two that stand out.

The first great piece of advice was to read and watchThe Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch. I won’t say anymore in hopes that you will experience it first hand like I did.

The other was that “Everything is a Remix.” The concept that there hasn’t been anything that was wholly original in centuries. The basic elements of creativity are: copy, transform, and combine. So don’t be afraid to emulate existing material, transform it to suit what you do, and combine it with other elements to create something innovative. In other words try to understand and appreciate the derivative nature of creative evolution.

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @MrWillPE

Facebook: Mr Will PE

Instagram: @MrWillPE



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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