My summer project: Replacing the dirt around my dry well from erosion from increased rain fall in Maryland this summer. Mike Rowe would have been proud of this dirt job.
I am huge fan of 60 minutes on Sunday night. When I was younger I got mad when NFL football games would run long and delay the start of the show because I always loved the storytelling of “A Few Minutes” with Andy Rooney. I have always liked old curmudgeons from the greatest generation. He worked hard at CBS and didn’t have a problem speaking his mind in front of millions of viewers. He received positive messages of support and negative letters of disagreement all the time from fans but he would always continue writing a new story each week. I hope Andy Rooney would appreciate this blog post.
Calling Bull$h!T(BS) In Physical Education
Each week I put in 50 plus hour work weeks for the profession that I love called Physical Education. I start the morning with coffee and the Twitter feed to see the creative posts of my friends and positive echo chamber. I then Vox after getting ready at home with my small group of PhysEd Republic before heading to school. At school each lesson is designed using a backwards design model with quality and appropriate practices. Each lesson could be used as a formal observation for my rating. I do this because my students deserve quality instruction so that they learn and comprehend the skills and concepts needed to grow into adulthood. After school I respond to emails from other educators and companies that are making progressive changes in our field. The work continues throughout the evening after the kids bath and bedtime. I love my profession but I am growing tired of the BS. The types of educators and organization below, it's time to call out your BS.
The Michael Jordans
These are the educators that know more about their shoe game and fantasy football teams then the content that they should be teaching. They waste their planning time checking ESPN and worrying about plays for the amazing varsity sports team that is 5-5 this season. We need these educators to change or get out of our profession. Please use your time wisely before your ESPN addiction leads you to a casino addiction like Mike.
American Help It Self Association
The association that help support our profession for many years has gotten greedy. They have chosen profits over helping our profession and our students. While SHAPE does need to clean up their mess in Reston, AHA just put the knife in the back of our professional organization and business partner. We need to work out a new contract or find another partnership that values health and physical education professionals.
Your job is help produce quality future candidates for the field of physical education but you choose to focus on what you like and the educational models from thirty years ago. You stress the importance of punctuality and quality instruction but you can’t communicate with mentor teachers guiding your interns in the school based setting. Purple ditto copies from the 80’s shouldn’t be your tools loaded into Google Drive for interns. Also, students need to learn all current teaching models not just the models from thirty years ago when you were in graduate school.
The Blind Administrator
These are the administrators that believe their programs are awesome and current when in reality their programs are a hot mess from the 80’s. They think GaGa ball is an appropriate practice since they are still listening to the Lady Gaga CD from her world tour a few years ago. Please use your dial up modem and search AOL for current best practice of the SHAPE America website or other great publications. Just please stay off the PE Central Facebook page.
We need to address this BS before we are all working at Planet Fitness as a grunt monitor in 2029 or in a cubicle like Office Space.
Did anybody see my red stapler?