Welcome to Jolly Thoughts! My name is Samantha Jolly and I am a grade 5 Teacher at Pre Cam Community School in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Family Studies and minor in English from the University of Western Ontario. I then obtained my Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Windsor. I have been an elementary school teacher for the past 6 years.
Why? By definition “generalist” means a person who is knowledgeable in many fields of study. As classroom teachers we are expected to know about a lot of different subject areas including Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and Visual Arts to name a few. I have started looking at this concept in terms of each student as a whole and found we are missing one of the most important components, Physical Literacy.
Physical and Health Education Canada defines physical literacy as “Individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.”
Many Generalist teachers are not physical education specialists, but we do have the responsibility to ensure children are getting enough physical activity. Children need to be taught the fundamental movement skills so they can gain the confidence that they need to move in many different environments. Students are not getting nearly enough opportunities for physical activities during their school days. Many children are not active outside of the classroom setting. We, as teachers, can influence the well being of our students so that they reach their full potential when it comes to having the knowledge to lead a physically active life. Teachers have the ability to initiate change!
“Be grateful for the opportunity to affect the life of a child” Active for Life
What about this blog? I am a "Generalist Teacher". I do not have a large classroom nor do I teach physical education classes. I have created this blog to encourage all teachers to incorporate physical activity into their daily classroom routines. I will be posting a new blog entry every other week. I will cover topics such as setting up your classroom, where to get resources, indoor resource toolkits, easy activities for you to do with your class, new initiatives, and how to fit movement into your already busy schedule. I will also be posting videos from students and teachers!
The following video is a fun, quick energizer that I use in my classroom.
Check in often! Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you might have!
I look forward to helping you help your students become more active and confident!
Northern Lights School Division #113
Next Blog Post: How to set up your classroom for physical activity success!!!