Outstanding Professionals Across the State

Richard Muse

Name:  Richard Muse
Hometown: Collierville, TN
School: Collierville Elementary School
Grades Taught: Pre-K-5
Average # of Students per Class: 45

What do you love most about teaching?  Like all teachers, I love seeing when my students are successful and are able to grasp the concept or skill that they are being taught. But what really brightens my heart is when a student who may not be as athletic as their peers is able perform a task or skill. I make it a point every class to try and pinpoint those students and really work with them to be successful.

What would someone see if they were to walk into your classroom?  We try to foster a growth mind set in our gymnasium, where students aren’t afraid to make mistakes, but learning from their errors and try to overcome. We want for all of our students to have some level of success and feel motivated to do their best. We try to develop a culture that is excepting of feedback, both positive and critical.

What are you most proud of regarding your Physical Education program?  I would have to say I am most proud of the integration of technology in my Physical Education program. For many people, especially in our profession, technology can be a scary thing. I feel that it only enhances what I teach. We have made “How-To” step sheets, Keynote presentations, video reflections, and even created warm up videos utilizing a green screen. I am very fortunate to be in a district where our students have one-to-one devices. I also have an onsite technology facilitator is always willing to help out. The lesson may not go exactly how it was planned, but I learn from it and keep trying until I get it right.

What advice would you give a new Physical Education teacher?  Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Not only will you figure out the solution to your problem, but it gives you the opportunity to get to know your administrators, your peers, and your way around your building.

Make connections with others, not only in the field of Physical Education, but in all areas of education. It’s always good to have an “outsider’s” perspective to a problem or situation. These individuals can offer up other ways to enhance a lesson. But most importantly, you’re are able to build rich and long-lasting relationships.