Adaptive physical education & a Sandwich homecoming | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
As I record the intro to this new episode of Teachers’ Lounge, I’m in my car at Dummer Elementary School in Sandwich, Illinois. Longtime listeners of this show might know that I’m from Sandwich. I can see baseball fields I played at and a few schools I went to from where I’m sitting. I went to this school, Dummer, for 4th and 5th grade!
The reason I’m here now is that this week on the show is Cara Ryan! She’s a physical education teacher who specializes in adaptive P.E. for students with disabilities. She’s also taught 4th and 5th grade general physical education in Sandwich at Dummer for nearly a decade.
And, nearly 10 years ago, I helped teach P.E. with Cara at this same school! In my senior year of high school, I got the chance to help her out, work on some lesson plans, all that good stuff. For the host of a podcast called Teachers’ Lounge, this was as close as I’ve ever gotten to being a teacher. And this is where I used to park in the afternoon when I came to help set up a capture the flag game or something. I think that was one of my lesson plans. I remember it going well! I’ll tell the story of how I got to help her teach 4th and 5th grade and we’ll catch up about how Cara has changed as a teacher in the near decade since I’ve seen her and talk about her passion for adaptive physical education.
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