WELCOME TO ELLIOTT’S ACTIVE ACADEMY
Hello! I am so glad you dropped by today! If you are looking for my recent blog posts you can find them all by following the link in the upper right hand corner 🙂
My name is Kaci Elliott. First and foremost I am a Mama of 2. They are my whole world and I cannot imagine my life without them. This is my 4th year in the classroom, teaching 9-12th, after leaving a previous career. I also coach basketball and have athletic director duties at my school.
I am starting this blog, and TPT journey to share my love of doing things inside my classroom (gym) differently than I experienced. For me to begin to explain my physical education philosophy, I need to give you my background and why I have taken this step in my journey.
“Today, you’ve got a decision to make. You’re gonna get better or you’re gonna get worse, but you’re not gonna stay the same. Which will it be?”-Joe Paterno
I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. Right out of college I began working at a local health club and physical therapy clinic. There I would assess clients and get them adjusted to the weight equipment. After some time there I studied and earned my ACSM CPT (certified personal trainer) certificate as well as my AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor certification. I began training different types of clients from school age athletes to the elderly who just wanted to live a better quality of life. I then earned a promotion to Health Club Director and ran all the things associated with the gym as well as marketing for the whole business. I loved my job, but I had always had a want to be a teacher. To impact the lives of youth and get them to understand WHY they need to be active.
Fast forward to some time later. I was having dinner with a friend and she casually mentioned their school was looking for a PE teacher for the upcoming school year. She knew I had been interested in teaching and encouraged me to apply. I did, of course never thinking I would get it because my background isn’t in education, nor had I really even thought about leaving my current job. Shortly after the interview I was offered the job and had to give them an answer within 24 hours. I thought on it and said “if I don’t do this now, do I ever get the opportunity again?” So I took the job and started the next school year. With the job came having to earn my teaching certificate, which I did through an alternative program in my state. I am happy to say after 3 years I officially earned it!
While I was preparing to teach I did so much research on PE and read so much to try to decide what type of teacher I wanted to be. My favorite book I read was called Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey (linked here: https://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain-ebook/dp/B000SFD21Q/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=spark+book&qid=1635792276&sr=8-1). I could write a whole post on all the things he talked about but mainly the influence of being active and how that affects the brain. He also talked about in the book the number of teens/adults who participate in an organized sport after high school. That number is staggeringly low, so I thought “why are we only teaching these kids how to play sports if they aren’t going to play them later?”. And with that, my philosophy in PE was born.
I have talked to many people about how I teach my class and why, so I chose to do it this way. So from there this blog, my teachergram, and my TPT were born.
Discussion: 3 in 4 Adults used to play sports, but now only 1/4 do. What can we do as PE teachers to change this narrative?
For this blog post I wanted to discuss and talk about an article about the decline in sports participation in adults compared to adolescents. This one statistic is a huge reason I do not teach a huge sports based curriculum but rather a fitness based curriculum with sports intertwined where appropriate. This statistic and allContinue reading “Discussion: 3 in 4 Adults used to play sports, but now only 1/4 do. What can we do as PE teachers to change this narrative?”
How to combine knowledge and physical activity for this mini unit. This blog post will include an exact example of what I do in my class to introduce the unit over 2 (90 min) class periods. At the very beginning of class I ask students “Are physical activity and exercise the same thing?” I usuallyContinue reading “Introducing Fitness Components in PE”
Policies, Procedures, and Team Building Oh My! As we all get set to head back into our gyms/classrooms soon, or maybe you already have, we are all analyzing our policies, procedures, and ways that we build relationships with students. As an educator there is ALWAYS room for improvement in all of these categories. Each newContinue reading “Starting the School Year Off in PE”
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