I teach Physical Education to students in kindergarten through 4th grade. My school's urban location means I teach in a variety of settings. My lessons can take place on the school's fenced-in roof space with a view of San Francisco Bay, in a courtyard area, in the gymnasium, in the school's lounge area, or in a nearby city park.
I supervise recess and after-school activities such as the climbing wall or club sports in the Upper School. While I incorporate health and fitness concepts into most of my lessons, I also present nutrition & health tips during school assemblies through skits or songs.
I chose to study Physical Education because teaching PE combines my love of sports, fitness and health allowing me to share this knowledge and interest with children. U-M's Physical Education program attracted me because it offered a very strong science and research background that I felt would strengthen my credentials when I looked for a job. I very much enjoyed the balanced education of taking introductory classes in the other majors, such as Movement Science, Sport Management and Athletic Training.
U-M's Health Education minor was also important to me. With school budgets being closely scrutinized, principals were pleased to know that I was qualified to incorporate important health education concepts into daily Physical Education classes. They seemed to feel they were getting two teachers for the price of one.
I received a scholarship to complete an M.Ed. degree in Health Education at Boston University, and I was told Michigan's strong curriculum and varied teaching experiences enhanced my application for admission and financial support.
Michigan's strong foundation in Kinesiology and other science curricula gave me confidence that my lessons were based on sound practices and research-based principles. The ideas we shared with professors and fellow students helped me realize that I would always need to be a life-long learner. My professors taught me how to evaluate my lessons carefully and think of ways to improve them. Those critiques, paired with my professors' positive support, were extremely useful. Tools like being videotaped while teaching or making mock parent presentations were also very valuable. Preparing a professional portfolio and talking about the job search and interview process were also great!