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.
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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.