Many educators were forced by the Covid-19 pandemic to change their daily instruction. We were tasked with the challenge of not only creating virtual classrooms but making them engaging and effective. It was time to get creative and show off talents as only teachers could truly do. That is exactly what one veteran physical education teacher did!
Meet Mic Seifert, currently in his 22nd year of teaching. He is a new up-and-coming viral sensation on YouTube! Understanding the importance of altering his teaching methods, Mr. Seifert took to YouTube to reach his students.
Mr. Seifert is a physical education teacher from Davenport, Iowa. He began producing videos in April 2020, calling them “PE with Mr. S.” on his YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/PEwithMrS/videos . The purpose of these videos was to continue his face-to-face interactions and the importance of continuing to stay active even at home with students and family.
With this idea of a “family-friendly” approach to these online lessons, it isn’t surprising how effective these sessions truly are. Mr. S began to gain a few thousand subscribers over the course of Summer 2020. However, it wasn’t until a series of Christmas-themed videos that he truly became a viral YouTube sensation!
With a special take on the popular Christmas song, “12 Days Of Christmas”, Mr. S. introduces his most viral post “On the 1st Day of Fitness”. During this video he has his students tackle an exercise a day. Once they practice this exercise, then they go backward (just like the song) and do each day’s exercise.
To date, Mr. Seifert continues to post videos and gain followers. He now has over 40 student-friendly fitness lessons posted on his YouTube channel. The popularity and effectiveness of his lessons are shown in just views alone. Throughout all these videos, his channel has over 170,000 views!
Are you looking for an appropriate way to include brain breaks throughout your lessons? Mr. S. is a GREAT resource for you! These videos and this channel can be easily incorporated into your daily routines either in person or virtually. What better way to provide your students with a break than allow movement?
Are you looking for additional brain breaks to provide for your students? Check out 25 Brain Breaks That Keep Students Socially Distanced. Don’t worry, we also have a special blog for our virtual or hybrid teachers! Make sure to check out 25 Brain Breaks for Distance Learning. I know, personally, I always love to have my students up and moving. We can continue to provide these breaks in a safe and appropriate way.
Education to the Core celebrates not only Mr. Seifert’s story but all of yours. We continue to stand beside you, guiding you in your classrooms so you can not only be there for your students but can have a better work/life balance. ETTC will always continue to celebrate teachers by providing them top-notch resources created by master teachers that will always guarantee a focus on the student. We would love to hear your stories and how you are engaging students below in the comments. As always, we see you, we hear you, we understand you.
Written by: Christopher Olson
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