Greg is a elementary school PE teacher in Farmington Hills Michigan. It is hard to find a word to express this mans depth of knowledge and passion. If there is something more genuine than genuine Greg is it. In addition to teaching PE Greg also coaches soccer achieving USA Soccer A Badge, the highest level of certification in the US. I asked Greg to kickoff GAIN with a presentation on PE as the Foundation. Needless to say he knocked our socks off. He set the tempo for the whole program with his ideas.
He started by surveying experts from around the world on what was important in a good foundation established by PE:
Static Balance – Ability to make a stable base
Object control skill and ability to combine them with locomotor skills
Flexibility – Only if you can express with balance, strength and speed
Some other thoughts from Greg:
“Figure it out” – Give them the tools to solve moment problems and let them figure it out. They are OK to express themselves through movement.
He treats the body like a paintbrush
Create desirable difficulties
It is one thing to value it; it is another thing to have a plan for teaching it.
Games become an express of skill so teach skill first
Behavior must be addressed – Growing people into responsible adults
Not sure my brief words can do justice to Greg’s ideas and methods. Greg is the teacher we wish we all had in school and the teacher we want our children to have. Greg came to the first GAIN eight years ago as an attendee. He truly represents what GAIN is about – Quality, excellence, passion, sharing and humanity. Thanks Greg for helping make GAIN what it is.