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Name: Fred Kaiser
The 24 Hour Challenge Run has changed our school and thousands of students over the years. This is a culminating event I developed to challenge kids to their limits and achieve success. Nearly 400 kids, 38% of the school, will volunteer to run in relay teams of twelve, a mile at a time for the entire 24 hours. Each student will cover between 12-50 miles. With over 100 parents involved during the event and the local business that support us, this has truly become a community event. I then created the Fitness Challenge Marathon.
This multi-event marathon is only for eighth graders due to the intensity of the event. This four-person co-ed 26.2-mile race will test everything they have learned. After a four-page application, ten hours of community service each, and six weeks of training, they will bike, canoe, run, inline skate, and orienteer as a team. They want to see what they can accomplish and who can finish first. More students want to be a part of this event each year than what the event can handle. Over 500 hours of community service will be put in by the participants each year. The learning experiences students will go through during these two events are unbelievable. These are programs that have to be seen to be believed. They have become such significant events grade-schoolers can't wait to come to our school to take on the challenge of these programs. Parents have even solicited to have their children transferred within the district to our building because of the events. Just recently, a student posted his documentary of the 24 Hour Run to music on YouTube.com under "LMS 24 Hour Run" to show what he and others have accomplished.
Students come to my class with a certain curiosity of what they will be taught that day. They wonder what interesting or entertaining element I will bring to the class. As an educator I don't expect students to do anything I have not been able to do myself. I still demonstrate everything I teach and perform skills that students may have never seen before or thought possible. By doing this I hope to get students curious and interested in my class and motivate them to perform beyond what they thought possible.
Willingness to risk, commitment to integrity, determination to stand, and a sense of passion, are all characteristics of success and part of my philosophy. Physical education has the unique opportunity to develop these characteristics and develop one's best attributes. From the physical to the mental, emotional, and social aspects, I want to challenge each one of my kids to reach beyond their comfort zone, give them the tools to be successful, and motivate them to not just do their best but surpass their best. Helping develop the whole person in my class is something that I thoroughly enjoy. It's not always the physical hurdles that need attention. Awareness and attitude play a large role in student's goals and achievements in class and life. Developing the skills of goal setting is extremely important to middle school students. I hope to reach each of my kids at some point to keep them interested in improving themselves while learning and enjoying my class on a daily basis. I want to teach my kids to strive to challenge themselves, and learn to be successful, because they want to, not because I asked them to.
To me it means do what you love, and do it well, and don't give up when others say you can't. I was a student that was not supposed to go to college and definitely not for a bachelor's degree, but I went anyway. When I got to my student teaching my cooperating teacher was told by the University that I would not make it through, but I was the best he had ever had. I just needed the chance to teach. Since then, I have tried to better myself and my profession the best I can. I am very honored to be recognized for my passion and to be among fantastic educators. I also look forward to learning from others and presenting and sharing what I have learned.
Lead by example and show the passion! I have had many student teachers over the years, and am now on the Physical Education-Teacher Education Advisory Council at Illinois State University. I have given presentations throughout Illinois and look forward to presenting around the country sharing some of the incredible programs and accomplishments my students regularly achieve. I continually consult with other professionals and openly share materials, and also look forward to hearing their ideas. Several Universities from around Illinois have sent future professionals to see our programs, and we have regular visits from other professionals to our school.
"A good coach improves your game; a great coach improves your life". This is a quote from a plaque given to me by my students to commemorate the successful completion of our first Fitness Challenge Marathon.
During one of our events a student was talking to one of his friends and said "This is a grandparent moment". An adult that was chaperoning the event asked what he meant and replied: "You know, this is one of those proud moments in your life that when you become a grandparent you'll share this experience with your grandkids and say: this is what I did when I was your age."
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