Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy New Year!

The new year is always a time of new hope and lofty dreams.  Teachers are certainly never immune to wanting to become more for their students.  But before you run off and cram your to-do list too full, I'd suggest reading a great book.  Although it may seem to have little to do with this website, "Adventure and the Way of Jesus" is the kind of book that challenges the reader to stop and take stock of him or herself before offering anything to others.  Based on the idea that we can only give what we possess, this book helps the reader to honestly self-reflect and rewards him or her with a greater understanding of what s/he can truly offer students.  Here's the link if you are interested:

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A teacher growing...

I had a conversation yesterday with a former student who humbly approaches his work with students. He shared the ways in which he has grown as a teacher over the past few years, and how his attitude has grown to include a deep thoughtfulness about his work. It is beautiful to see the ways in which he seeks to serve his students, and although they have no clue, I truly do.

The whole experience reminds me of the importance of spending time thinking about our craft and the students we serve. I hope you'll take some time for that today.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What is EDiPHy?

To instruct especially so as to encourage physical, intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement through Physical Education.

Physical Education (PE) can teach lots more than just how to throw a ball. As you probably already know, there is a lot of social interaction in the typical PE class, and that offers a perfect opportunity for kids to grow in their ability to develop positive social skills. In addition, PE challenges kids to think differently; to make connections between what they have learned in the classroom and how it is applied in a real-life setting. For example: learning about balance and measurement in science takes on a whole new meaning when you are trying to create a perfectly balanced pyramid in your PE class!

More than just a listing of activities, this site also offers resources that can help you to be a better teacher, student or supporter of PE in your school. It also provides a way for you to connect with other educators to share stories, best practices and solutions. Just go to the Links area to join a conversation.

So that's what this blog is all about...helping us all to make the very most out of the opportunities we have to educate in the physical, to EDiPHY our kids!