Cindy Clodfelter

Cindy Clodfelter's

Teaching Philosophy, Program and Activities


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Cindy Clodfelter's Teaching Philosophy

My personal philosophy of teaching health and physical education in the world today is to help create the future of each and every student in my classroom. I strive to mold the lives of the most precious commodity that our world has to offer, our youth. I want to affect the lives of my students in ways that are immeasurable.  I believe that all my students are unique individuals and it is my desire to help my students reach their fullest potential by creating opportunities that are meaningful and relevant to their lives and interests.  I want to teach my curriculum around student interests that foster intrinsic motivation and stimulate a passion to learn.  I want my students to learn to be Team Friendly for a lifetime.

At the age of 10, I began playing school using my sister, brother, and friends as my students mimicking the strategies of my own teachers. At age 15, I was given the opportunity to coach a little league girl’s basketball team in my community.  I played sports and observed many successful coaching techniques from the role models in my life. It was then that I realized if God gave me 86,400 seconds in a day-I wanted to spend that time with kids playing.  For me, my teaching provides me with the opportunity for continual learning and growth.

During the summer of 2007, I was installing my Project Fit equipment while saying goodbye to my sister forever (a battle with cancer).  As I began to look at her life - I was truly amazed at the way she touched so many lives during her lifetime. I then realized how easy that was to do.  The only resource I needed was my heart to build relationships and make a difference.  One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love for learning in my students, as well as to share my own passion of learning with them.  I encourage my students to realize that health and physical education is the most important class they will ever take in school as it challenges the mind and body in different ways.

RecognitionMuch of the learning is centered on growth, development, goals, values and a variety of life-long skills.  I want to inspire my students to learn, participate and appreciate physical education.  Games and activities are carefully selected to build good character skills, positive relationships, as well as make connections in other core curricula areas.  Teaching has often been recognized by many as the most challenging, yet rewarding careers.  I feel that I have a unique and dynamic responsibility to my community.  Because of this challenge, I believe it is my purpose in life to teach and extend my responsibilities beyond the classroom.

As a teacher, I have had the good fortune to have taught for 30 years in Randolph County Schools, both at the high school level and now currently in middle school.  I have spent my entire career coaching, as well as dedicating my efforts to other parts of the school vision.  In 2003, I became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher which has impacted my love for my job.  I am currently coaching volleyball, and serve as Athletic Director for our athletic program. My professional duties also include coordinator for Box tops for Education (funding for PE equipment), GOFAR, and Hoops for Heart.  I serve as a mentor, member of the county and school Health Advisory Committee, Emergency Response Team, PTSA school representative, Superintendent Advisory Committee, as well as serve as a trainer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield Energizer program.  In 2003-2004, 2008-2009- I was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in our county, as well as receiving the Newbridge Teacher of the year Award in 2009.

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Opening Day Kick Off for Archdale Trinity Middle School

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How we use Project Fit…

The project fit program has proven to be a tremendous asset to the improvement of our physical education program.  I believe that every child deserves to look forward with anticipation to a physical education class that stimulates and challenges each of them to become physically fit, mentally challenged, and emotionally secure.  In order to best provide experiences for my students, I continually seek to update methods, curriculum, activities and teaching styles to meet the needs of my students. I have used much of the curricula to breathe new life to my class.  Our students receive daily recess on days that they do not have PE to fulfill the goal for the Healthy Active Children Initiative.  Students have the opportunity to train for our Gold/Kong Station Stars Board with the Above ground weight room .  With our Chart and Challenge, we now have students excited about setting and achieving goals.  The Project Fit staff has been very supportive and helpful in educating me to better use the program as well as give me the necessary support each time I contact them.

Favorites of Archdale Trinity Middle School

  • Double Track –Cup Attack
  • $10 a Bone
  • Aerobic Bowling
  • Basketball Bowl
  • Gran Prix Fitness Game
  • Beat the Ball Covey Style
  • Weighted Hoops (Hoop Jog –Cup Build)
  • Hubba Bubba Challenge
  • Pacer Test (100 Club/75 Club) --- Tee-shirts for Participants
  • Smile Mile
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Support

I would like to thank everyone who helped make this opportunity a reality for the students at Archdale Trinity Middle School.
A special thanks to all of the following:

*Randolph County Community Health Foundation   *Dustin Johnson (principal)  *Andrea Haynes (Principal)  *Larry Chappell (Assistant Principal)  *Faculty, Staff and Students – ATMS  *Kim Berg and Staci Cook (Project Fit America)  *Casey Moss  *ATMS PTSA  *Randolph Co. Administrative Offices  * Archdale Trinity Tax Advisory  *Rufus Lynx /Charlotte Bobcats   *Mark and Brian Clodfelter   *Charlotte Klappart  *Jerry and Alec Neal   *Lloyd and Austin Roberts   *Jim  and Nancy Roberts  *Brian and Ryan Skeen  *Celeste Hudson and Jenny Rains  *Rich Brenner and Greg Kerr (Fox 8news)

Cindy's Chart and Challenge

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