This research study takes a dive into teaching students in a physical education and health setting where students are viewed as the center of learning. As teachers we need to understand that we are a tool and can benefit students greatly along their educational journey. We as educators need to continuously be striving for a growth mind set to better ensure that we reach as many students as we possibly can. This study specifically looks at how one can make themselves a better leader of the classroom through data collection and analysis. I formulated this study around three main questions:

  1. 1. How can I create a classroom environment that is conducive toward culturally responsive learning for all students?
  2. 2. How can I increase my opportunities for students to experience high leverage practice within my lesson plans?
  3. 3. How can I improve my classroom management skills to create more time on task for students?

Data was collected from mentor and university supervisor feedback, lesson plans from the duration of my teaching, and finally from video recordings of myself leading and instructing in the classroom.

Keywords: Differentiation, High Leverage Practice, Classroom Management, Active Learning, Teacher-Centered, Student-Centered

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Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

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Melanie Landon-Hays

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Destiny Kuehl



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