On the football field, he’s Billy Bork, fifth-year senior and tight end and fullback for the Butler Bulldogs. In the classroom, he’s “Fabio” or “Mr. Awesome,” an education major who’s also a student teacher in physical education at International School of Indiana (ISI).
In the latter role, the Dyer, Ind., native works with students from countries other than the United States – places where American football is little known. So Matt Self, one of Bork’s three supervising teachers, asked Bork to introduce students in grades 4-7 to flag football
Bork created lesson plans covering psychomotor skills, such as throwing and catching a football or running receiver routes; cognitive objectives for understanding the strategies and concepts of the game, and affective objectives for fostering teamwork and collaboration with peers.
On Oct. 12, Bork, a two-time Pioneer League Academic Honors winner, showed off the results. He and 17 of his teammates coached 151 students in grades 4-7 through flag football drills and scrimmages. The International School students tried on the Bulldogs’ football helmets and shoulder pads and ate lunch with the University athletes. (Click to see a video and photo gallery of field day activities, courtesy of Butler Sports Information.).
ISI students were also invited to attend Butler’s Oct. 15 home football game against Valparaiso University.
“In addition to providing a valuable and fun learning experience for the students, I also wanted to strengthen the bond between the local community, Butler Athletics and the College of Education,” Bork said.
Anne Clinton and Alfredo Valerio also supervise Bork’s student teaching. The three employ diverse approaches to teaching, Bork said. “This gave me a great opportunity to try on different teaching styles and stretch my own teaching methods.”
Bork plans to become an elementary school principal, so being able to work with Self, who is assistant principal for ISI’s grade 4-7 building, was an added plus. “Being able to see the inner workings of the school from the principal’s perspective will prove invaluable,” he said.
In late October, Bork will move on to another student teacher placement at Indianapolis Public School 60.
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