To help further my education as a PE teacher, I chose to read the book Nice Bike for my flex day. This book was a nice read as it lead me to think about how I teach and my relationships with my students. After reading this, I see some room for improvement. Acknowledge, Honor and Connect are the 3 key points that I want to mention.
When thinking about Acknowledge, I now I see I could be doing better and will do better moving forward. The book talks about having more of a concern for all students and community members. I want to be even more active in my community. After reading this book, I have looked beyond people and students, when I shouldn’t have. I want to make better connections moving forward.
While talking about Honor, the book talks about knowing about what’s important to others. I need to do a better job of knowing what others values and priorities are. After reading this book, I can now differ what might be important to someone else but not for me. By taking an initiative into a student’s skills or experiences, I feel I can now honor them in a better way.
Connections are huge as a teacher, no matter how small or large. I have a student, whose behavior was not the best this year, but I have tried very hard to make a connection with her and I have seen a huge improvement. I have created a lasting relationship that will be a great meaningful connection for the next 6 years.
Overall, I would suggest this book to anyone and any teacher to read as it has changed my perspective on many things. I am now reminded how much kindness and love I can give to any student each and every day.
Richie Marsh, Westview Elementary, Physical Education
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