TEACHER TUESDAY: ANNA BURFORD
A Worthington Christian alumna, Anna Burford (WC ’91) has been a Physical Education teacher for Lower School grades since 2012.
How would you describe your teaching style? “Gym class is such a unique class. I want the kids to have the opportunity to run and have fun. Many of them need the time to use up extra energy! So, I try to keep them as active as possible during my time with them. I set simple, high expectations. The kids know the routine and can quickly get started on the lesson so we can get moving. I want the focus of my time with them to be using the talents God has blessed them with to the best of their ability. I want them to all succeed on their own level and I push them toward that.”
What is the most challenging aspect of your work? “I love getting to know all of the children and I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to teach them all. But, it is hard to get to know each one on a personal level since I don’t see them every day.”
What is the most rewarding aspect of your work? “The kids, in general, like coming to gym class. So they are excited to be there. Since we are in a different environment, there are often opportunities to talk to them one-on-one. It is very rewarding to watch them grow up – from tiny Kindergarteners to sixth-graders. It is a unique experience!”
How do you incorporate faith and learning in your classroom? “In gym class, we often discuss how God has blessed each of us differently. It is exciting to see a child who might not excel in the classroom, be given the chance to shine in gym class. God has given us each talents that we are to use to glorify Him. I strive to help the kids see their identities not in their abilities, but in Christ alone. When they see their identity in Christ and want to please Him, they can use their varied abilities and talents to do so!”