Physical education is one of the most important parts of a child’s development. Unfortunately, there is one group who don’t always understand that: the children!
Not all PE classes are created equally. While some are engaging and Promoting real growth, others seem like little more than a excuse to throw a ball a few times and then call it a day.
So, how can PE teachers take their educational game to the next level and provide the physical education their students really deserve? Keep reading to discover these secrets!
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Physical education is great because it helps build social skills as well as physical skills. That’s one of the reasons why coaches love to have their pupils work in teams for various sports and activities.
However, try to avoid the rookie mistake of letting students pick their own teams. This usually leads to students simply sticking with their friends, and it’s easy for shy kids to end up feeling left out.
When you assign the teams, it forces everyone to actually get to know each other. And when you know the strengths of your different players, you can create more balanced teams.
Variety of Activities
Students get excited about PE because it breaks the boredom of a typical school day. And what is it that makes these days boring? Simple: repetitive activities.
When students do the same thing in the same way for each day, it makes them feel bored and disengaged. Be honest with yourself: Does that sound sound bit like your PE class?
If it does, the good news is that you can change things up quite easily. Start by offering a variety of activities each day, and try to rotate your activities throughout the week so that every day feels like something new!
When you were growing up, your mum may have told you about the importance of staying positive. And in the world of PE, this is more important than ever before.
It’s easy for your students to get discouraged. This may be because they are not performing as well as other students or simply because they are not meeting their own expectations.
It’s crucial that you get them to recognize their progress toward important goals. In this way, you can keep students focused on future goals instead of what they see as present failures.
Fun Before Victory
Remember when we talked about the importance of a positive attitude? If you want your students to embrace positive thinking, then you should remember this phrase: “fun before victory.”
Some PE instructors are coaches first and teachers second. This means they make the mistake ofprioritizing one team achieving victory over the other teams.
However, putting too much emphasis on competition and victory means that other students may feel discouraged. At worst, they may begin to think of themselves as “losers” who can never achieve the kind of victory that other students can.
That will not happen, however, if your classroom environment emphasizes simply having fun. And when students have real fun, all of your goals such as student engagement will happen naturally.
Environment Is Everything
You want your students to succeed and achieve the very best in physical and mental fitness. So ask yourself: “Have I created the best space for this to happen?”
It’s important for you to have an environment that encourages constant movement. And one solid way to do this is to turn your students into your very own “helpers.”
For example, you should resist the urge to set everything up before class starts. Instead let your pupils take out all the equipment and set it up. And after they are done, have your students put everything up.
The ultimate idea is to create an environment of constant movement. And when your students see how fulfilling their regular exercise makes them feel, they will be much likelier to practice exercises outside of your classroom!
Physical Education and Science seem like very different kinds of subjects. Believe it or not, however, there is an important lesson you can learn from the science instructors.
The best science teachers have cool demonstrations. It makes a lot of sense: why simply describe something like a chemical reaction when you can model it in front of everyone?
Such a lesson translates very well to PE. Instead of simply telling students how they can improve something like a football header, use your own body and skills to show them how it works.
Not only will this be naturally more engaging to students, but it also helps to show off your skills-a great way to get them to pay even more attention to your lessons.
The Health / Exercise Connection
PE teachers are very good at telling pupils what they need to do. However, do you often tell them why they are doing it?
The truth is that many students do not always see the connections between their physical health and your classroom exercises. That’s why it’s important to take the time to explain what each exercise is doing to them and their bodies.