Misavage_Mr.71.JPGPhysical Education

Tim Misavage, with Da Vinci Academy since 2009

Phone: 847-841-7532 ext 243
Email: tmisavage@dvacademy.org

Mr. Misavage's Degrees Held
B.S. in Kinesiology and Physical Education, Northern Illinois University
Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts, The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago

Professional Associations
International Youth Conditioning Association (www.iyca.org)
Member of Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (www.iahperd.org

Other Teaching Experience & Training
My teaching career started at Montessori Academy in Batavia where I taught physical education to grades 3-8 and cooked daily lunch for the lower school students. My wife and I relocated to Tucson, Arizona where I taught grades K-5 for over two years.  I continue to seek out additional training and knowledge by being a member of the International Youth Conditioning Association and by attending local conferences.  

I believe that the best way to learn is through doing.  The best way to promote wellness for a lifetime is by exposing children to many different opportunities and by giving them multiple practice attempts within each opportunity.  This is done by creating a safe physical and emotional environment so that children are more willing to take risks and try new adventures.  This is also accomplished by acting as a guide to the student so that they can be a full participant in developing their own movement forms, strategies, and goal-setting initiatives. 

What to Expect in Physical Education
Students are expected to come to class on time and prepared by having their shoes tied and by wearing proper clothes.  Movement is the main goal in class so students are expected to participate in all games and activities.  A lot of the movement forms I introduce are new to students so they may be challenging.  Students are expected to try their best and to keep a positive attitude while working towards improvement. 

The overall aim of the physical education program is fitness so that students can choose activities to participate in for a lifetime.  Students are challenged to improve their health related fitness through fitness only based activities and by incorporating fitness themes into each skill related lesson plan.  Students start with general movement concepts and work their way up to a 50/50 split of health related fitness items and skill related items by the time they move through middle school.  The breakdown of grade segments is listed below.

Early Childhood

  • Locomotor movements (run, hop, jump, leap, shuffle, crawling, skip, gallop)
  • Non-Locomotor movements (bend, stretch, twist, curl, swing)
  • Manipulative movements (strike, kick, throw, catch, toss)
  • Movement concepts (personal space, general space, time, effort, force, flow)

Lower School

  • Reinforcement of locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills
  • History, rules, and strategies in games
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skills used in games (soccer, flying disc, touch rugby, Tchoukball, volleyball, net games, basketball, baseball)
  • Team games (scooters, Omnikin Ball, chasing and fleeing, cooperative games)
  • Health Related Fitness

Middle School

  • Reinforcement of locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills
  • Offensive and defensive strategies used in games
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and applied Biomechanics
  • Team games using Sport Education and Teaching Games for Understanding Curriculum Models (Soccer, touch rugby, volleyball, floor hockey, baseball, Tckoukball, basketball)
  • Health Related Fitness

Students are assessed in their skill related areas and participation through the use of checklists, rating scales, and rubrics.  During team games a team play rubric is used to determine how students aim to achieve their own goals while contributing to the overall success of their team.  Fitness tests are used to assess the student's current fitness levels and to help create goals. Grades within fitness areas are based on improvement.  Lastly, students are assessed on social responsibility through the use of a rating scale based on the model of work by Don Hellison. 

How to Help Your Child Be Successful
The best way to help your child to be successful in physical education is to be a good role model.  One of the most important parts in the development of your child is to set a good example for play and movement.  Unstructured play can often lead to many movement opportunities which can serve as an opportunity to increase fitness while having fun at the same time.