“MYP physical and health education aims to empower students to understand and appreciate the value of being physically active and develop the motivation for making healthy life choices. To this end, physical and health education courses foster the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will contribute to a student’s balanced and healthy lifestyle.”
from the MYP Physical and Health Education Guide, copyright 2014 (page 4)
Unit One: Big 8 Challenge Semester 1
An inquiry into understanding perspectives, interactions, and relationships and respecting boundaries.
Unit Two: Dance Semester 1
An inquiry into movement and interaction as a reflection of one’s expression of community and culture
Unit Three: 4 Body and Soul Semester 2
An inquiry into discovering the relational balance for achieving and or maintaining personal health and well being
Unit Four: Through the Eyes of Others Semester 2
An inquiry into how changes in interactions and perspectives influence the way people live their lives in terms of habits concerning physical activity, health, and well-being.
Name: Tara Stemsrud
Subject Area: Physical Education
College(s) attended: University of Northern Iowa (Bachelor and Masters)
Years teaching: 9
Years at Meredith: 2
What I enjoy about teaching here: The diversity and culture all the students bring to Meredith make everyday a learning experience.
Greatest hope for my students: They know how and practice being healthy and fit for a lifetime.
Learner profile trait that motivates me: Inquirer – finding different ways to learn and move.
Additional information: Being physically active is not just what I teach but how I live my life. With my family I love to run and hike. Outside of the fitness world I enjoy making pottery, drawings, and being a photographer.