Reflect for a moment on your last job interview. Was most of that time spent on determining if you had the skills to accomplish the job? Or, was most of the time spent with the interviewer trying to determine if you had the integrity, social intelligence, grit, or creativity to succeed in the job?
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When you think of PE, what goes through your mind? Maybe a “tenured” football coach rolling a few basketballs out onto a court and saying “have at it”? A bevy of kids sitting in small clusters in the bleachers, faces illuminated by their iPhone’s?
Take a moment to reflect back to your K-12 school years…. Maybe you are cringing as you see the big red C- sitting at the top of your exam… or maybe you can hear your teacher’s voice: “NO TALKING. This is a test”… or maybe you’re starting to sweat as you remember the long, multiple choice quizzes over EVERY CHAPTER OF THE BOOK.
The current buzz word in education is grit. Everyone is talking about grit. Angela Duckworth popularized the topic and has even provided a test to determine your grit score. How much grit do you have?
Did you know that despite an obesity epidemic in the United States, only 3.8% of the nation’s elementary schools are offering daily physical education? Doesn’t sound logical, does it? Well, we don’t think so either.
What’s your philosophy of education? We all have one . . . somewhere. On a shelf. In a binder we left boxed up when we moved classrooms last summer. On some slide in a PowerPoint we presented in 2004.