Name: Lisa Van Horn
School: Riverview Charter School
Subject/Grade: Physical education and health for kindergartners through eighth grade
Years teaching: 24 years
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What's one thing you hope your students will learn from you? It is my hope that students will learn the importance of having a sound body and mind. Physical education develops the whole child and not just the physical part. Without physical education, true wellness is difficult to attain. If a student does not learn how to become physically fit, then it is difficult to have overall wellness in your life. I hope to teach my students the skills necessary to attain a healthy body and mind by teaching them various sports, cooperative games and exercises so they may find an activity they like to do throughout their lives.
I structure classes in an environment where students are comfortable taking risks and learning new skills. A great deal of positive reinforcement and praise builds confidence in every learner when it comes from the teacher and especially when it comes from their peers. At Riverview Charter School, students practice and work on their core values in every class. Collaboration, cooperation and integrity are the building blocks for a successful child. I applaud my students when they cheer for one another and not just for being the winner. This facilitates a positive learning environment in PE. Most importantly, I structure all my classes so they are fun.
I want physical education to be the class that every child looks forward to going to each week. I love what I do and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day knowing that I have worked hard to make a difference.
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