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Knowing our students during virtual PE – 4th & 5th

October 6, 2020 | Zachary Licato

Physical Education is of vital importance for our 4th-5th grade. To meet those ends we aim to create an environment, through virtual interactions that fosters strong emotional and trusting bonds among the students and within the Mustard Seed community. We also hope to create a place where they may express their emotions and physical ability in a myriad of ways. 

As I mentioned, we try to create a safe space where students can be active in the information they are receiving. For example, I will be doing videos that work on different types of movements and athletic abilities. I will also be asking for feedback and suggestions for what they would like to see. This will create a sense of being seen by me even if we are not actually meeting in person.  It is my goal for them to be actively engaged in their understanding of how their bodies move and how to create content that works for them. This can be done in many ways and in the best way that fits the individual needs of the student. 

  • Making connections.
  • Recreating information.
  • Active – doing something with the information.
  • Reflecting at a conscious level.

For physical education in this hybrid form, the goal will be to create content that expresses their physical prowess and creates students who are curious about developing lifelong active lifestyles. It is crucial to their development within the classroom and outside to find ways to stay active. I will create videos ranging from HIT (High Intensity Interval Training), to stretching and strength building exercises, as well as yoga and dance classes. Students will be able to pick and choose from the videos and “choose their own adventure.” I will be the guide on this adventure. This will allow them to actively participate and engage in the content in a meaningful way.

Zachary Licato

Teacher, Physical Education and Health; Learning Support (7th Grade)

Mr. Licato is a proud lifelong resident of Hudson County. In addition to teaching Physical Education at Mustard Seed, he also coaches the Weehawken High School varsity baseball team, the Weehawken HS varsity football team and the Weehawken HS girls’ varsity basketball team.

During his time as a high school student, he played varsity football, baseball, and basketball, lettering in all three sports.

Mr. Licato grew up in an artistic family: his mother is a writer, and his father is the Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works, a professional theatre company located in Weehawken.

His greatest passions are coaching and teaching, but he also enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring the wide cultural food palate of local restaurants, and traveling with his wife, Gina.

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