Voices of #PhysEd: The Growth Mindset and Invisible Disabilities

  Teaching students to have a growth mindset has become a trend within education over the past few years. The idea of the growth mindset is based upon research on achievement and success by Stanford University Psychologist Carol Dweck. The growth mindset says your ability to learn isn’t fixed, but rather the harder you try the more likely you are to learn a specific concept or skill. In my physical education program I have worked hard to teach my students to have a growth mindset and embrace life struggles as opposed to trying to overcome them. My… Read More

Voices of #PhysEd: Common Ground

I’ve always told my college students the most profound divider of people is gender, then comes religion, then social class, and finally race.  The greatest source of conflict between my husband and me comes from the fact that he is a man and I am a woman, not because he’s white and I’m black.  Race is simply the most obvious divider between us.  In spite of the difference in our races, we’ve found enough similarities to sustain a relationship. Now consider this:  When a black male and a white male approach each… Read More

Voices of #PhysEd: Breaking Out of my Fish Bowl

First, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Jorge Rodriguez and I am currently a physical education teacher in Houston, Texas. I was born and raised in McAllen, TX, which is about 10 miles from the border of Mexico. My parents both immigrated to the United States from Mexico with little education and little money.   They came seeking to be a part of the “American Dream” and to create a better life for themselves and their families. This is a noble and courageous endeavor for anyone, one that has unconsciously shaped… Read More