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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… End of the Journey – Not quite

I have written several blogs this semester about what it takes to become a quality teacher. We can all identify at least one teacher in our education career that inspired us, pushed us, or molded us. Hopefully you had more than just one. In my own family of four, my husband, daughter and I are

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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… Is technology your friend or foe?

It generally takes me a while to “get” technology. I have a smart phone, and I am not a fan of gaming systems and videos, but that could be a generational thing. My Techniques and Methods of Conducting Physical Education students ran into some difficulties with the pedometers — some worked, some did not. Could it be

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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… another UIndy perspective

Junior Renee Zeigler is a great example of how effective our UIndy health and physical education major is to our students and to those whom they teach. Renee started her career in nursing but switched to physical education. I loved having Renee in class last year and watched her rise from being a shy person

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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… sometimes even Plan B doesn’t work!

One key ingredient to being an effective teacher is the ability to think and react on the fly. Even the best-laid plans go out the window but you still must continue as though nothing has happened. Such is the case for our recent collaborative Clinton Young Elementary Math/Literacy Night. My husband, Mike Sipe, is a

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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… Is this what I signed up for?

I had the privilege of teaching Hugo Lalonde on his journey to becoming a Health and Physical Education teacher. As with most of us, we have our struggles. It is not easy in today’s world of education to write and implement developmentally appropriate lesson plans that meet the needs of all students. Hugo is originally

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Mrs. Sipe’s musing on teaching… Diversity — what does this mean?

Many majors on college campuses require courses on diversity. When searching online, I chose the following definition: “the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation.” So what does this mean in the world of teaching – especially physical education? Students come to teachers wrapped in all sorts

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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… the first days of teaching

You never know what is going to happen when you face a class of students. You can have the best lesson plan ever and something will go wrong that changes the dynamics or the outcome — for the better or for worse. Such was the case with our first official lesson taught to University Heights PE

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Mrs. Sipe’s Musings on teaching… UIndy graduate jumps in with both feet

I recently reached out to some of our Health and Physical Education graduates to check in with them. I wanted to know their current teaching/coaching duties as well as the impact that their UIndy education had on them. The following was written by Royce Carlton. Although I never had Royce in class, I could tell

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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… What we learn along the way

As my previous entries have indicated, it takes practice, practice, and more practice to be a highly effective teacher. Looking back to when I first started teaching, I was not that good. I made many mistakes along the way. All I knew was that I did not have effective PE teachers during my K-12 education.

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Mrs. Sipe’s musings on teaching… Who was your favorite teacher?

Did you have a favorite teacher at any point in your K-12 career? What made that person stand out among the rest? Was he/she kind, caring, or masterful at creating meaningful lessons? I had two such teachers — oddly both taught math, which was my nemesis. I had a father who was an engineer and

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