Hello! My name is Jose Valencia and I am your PreK-3rd Physical Education teacher at Bateman. I grew up in Chicago, and eventually moved to the western suburbs with my parents where I attended Morton East High School. I played volleyball all 4 years, with a little bit of basketball and football with my friends on the side. After high school I graduated from Morton College, once I received my Associates in Arts, I transfered to Northeastern Illinois University to pursue my career as a P.E. teacher. During my time at Northeastern I also spent 5 years coaching volleyball, basketball, soccer, and golf at Sacred Heart Schools. It ranged from 4th grade through 8th grade, and my time coaching confirmed that helping kids learn is exactly what I wanted to do as a career.
My time now is not spent playing sports or even coaching, my time is now occupied by the most beautiful girl in the world. My dream was always to become a Girl Dad and last year that dream became true with the birth of my daughter, Emma Desireé. During that same time, I was also blessed with starting my teaching career at Bateman, which was exactly 2 days apart from the day Emma was born! So yes, my first teaching experience was something I never expected! My life is also occupied by 4 fur-babies, 2 goldendoodles and 2 shih-poos. Soon enough, December to be exact we will be welcoming my son Levi to the world! It's safe to say my days of playing sports are far gone.
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In my classroom, my goal is to help students maintain and live a healthy lifestyle, which is exactly what Physical Education means to me. A healthy lifestyle involves not just being physically active, but also eating healthy, building relationships with classmates, and accomplishing goals. In order to make sure my students are understanding of what a healthy lifestyle is, I incorporate 3 domains. Psychomotor domain which helps students build their skills, Cognitive domain, helps students understand the purpose of those skills and why we perform them, and finally the Affective domain which helps with building relationships when working in a group, also showing how supportive, respectful, and helpful students are with their classmates. Whether the students are learning how to properly throw a ball, or understanding why our heart beats so fast after running, or even cheering on a classmate when they perform a skill correctly, everything we do in our class has a purpose.