How I Teach | Brandon Herwick

How I Teach: Brandon Herwick

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 heck of a dancer/teacher out of Glenmont, New York!

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Name: Brandon Herwick
Where Are You From: Glenmont, NY by way of Brooklyn, Cortland and Coxsackie, NY
Where Do You Teach: Albertus W Becker Elementary School
One word that best describes how you teach: Vivaciously! 🙂

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

OPENPhysEd.org, iTunes/Spotify, TempoSlowMo, ImgPlay, iMovie, vClone, TabataPro

What do your #physed classes look like?

My #physed class is equal parts skill development, training for life and musical theater. I play a lot of music and often sing and dance during activities. One of my goals each day is to infuse a life lesson into every class. I do this in many ways including incorporating good practices into the Instant Activity with a game like Healthy Choice Tag, working on growth mindset by practicing challenging things and overcoming them, and in reflection time at the end of class. I try to follow a format of:

  1. Instant Activity
  2. Functional Fitness Skill Development (Superhero Squat, Raise the Sky Overhead Press, Gorilla Deadlifts, etc.)
  3. Roundtable talk about the plan for the class
  4. Locomotor and/or Manipulative Skill mini-game
  5. Main Activity to put the skill to practice
  6. Debrief/Think-Pair-Share/Depth of Knowledge Questions

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I love storytelling and I try to elevate at least one activity each class with a story about the history of the activity, an origin story, or even with a song that brings the game to life. When I was a senior in High School I was looking down three career paths. The first was becoming a pastry chef, the second was to become an actor and the third was to become a physical education teacher. I ultimately decided that I could take the art and precision of a pastry chef, the creativity and expression of music theatre and the pedagogy and skill development of teaching and merge them into a dream job that was impactful and engaging for my students.

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

Lucinda Adams, a former Olympian, Physical Educator and AAHPERD President once told me that she felt anyone could be successful if they continued to think, grow and develop new ideas, surround themselves with people who would constructively challenge and help them grow those ideas, and work really hard. Thought Out Ideas + Good People + Hard Work = Results, Growth, Success

Where can people find you online?

Twitter@BrooklynDreamer 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/brandon12herwick

OPEN: https://openphysed.org/brandonherwick

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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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