This week for the Featured PE Teacher section on the PE Central Facebook page, the spotlight is on Mary Cluley!
I am a Physical Education teacher at Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls, TX. I teach grades 3k – 5th, and a total of approximately125 students. I am lucky enough to have been teaching for 23 years.
PE Focus for 2018
My focus is always: “Helping all young people enjoy physical activity now and for the rest of their lives!” This quote is taken from one of my TAHPERD Journals, and I love it so much.
Current Lesson Plan/Unit
Last week, we prepared for our annual, “Playing with Pops in PE”. About 90% of the dads in our school come during their child’s PE class! Some of the activities include Mushroom Ball, Build Up (which is a fantastic game I got from my TAHPERD Conference in December), and Hot Potato Tag for 1st – 5th. The 3k, 4k and 5k students did “Walk it out Willie” and “Running in Place” songs for warmups, then “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears,” “Oogedy Boogedy Tag,” and “The Bean Game.” The dads all seemed to have such a good time!
Favorite Lesson Plan/Unit
My favorite lesson plan/unit would definitely be FOOTBALL. I love teaching anything regarding football. You could say I am a football nut! During most any football-related lesson, the students come out sweaty and have really worked out and had FUN! My favorite football activity is “football box ball”.
I also LOVE doing special events! This Friday night our 5k and 3k students will be performing at halftime of our High School basketball game. They will be doing 3 dances from around the world that I taught them last week: Fjaskern from Sweden, Kinderpolka from Germany, and the Virginia Reel! I am exctied about this!
What is your favorite part about being a PE teacher?
My favorite part about being a PE Teacher is that I get to see my students every day, and be a real part of their lives. I get to show them as much love as I can every single day.
I also feel very strongly about the importance of joining your state AAPHERD and attending conferences to learn the latest and greatest. Joining Facebook and Twitter for professional reasons to follow groups such as PE Central & S&S Worldwide, and as many PE groups as possible. That really helps me be a better teacher, which in turn benefits my students.