PE teachers are tend to be recognised as the 'cool' teachers as we get to teach students new skills, games etc. But we as PE teachers are more than just teaching new skills and games, we play a pivotal role in student lives and development.
Here are 7 quick ways to continue to enhance student learning and development, also to maintain our 'coolness' as a teacher. Point number 4 pretty much sums it all.
1. ICT in PE
Living in a 21st Century, students are more than capable in using different devices, so why not include these devices and apps into our teaching. Various apps that are very beneficial include, Coach's Eye, Kahoots, Video Delay, Zumba, Explain Everything, Book Creator and Webscorer are just to name a few cool apps and programs. Explore these apps and see how they can fit into your teaching and how they will benefit student learning.
2. Goal Setting
Goal setting I believe is one of the most crucial parts when teaching for all ages. Allow students to set their own goals, students review their goals during and after the focus has been completed.
3. Behaviour Management - make it challenging and fun
As teachers we need to make our PE expectations and behaviour management clear from the start so all students are aware and can get into a good routine. But it also needs to be fun and engaging, for example I set up various behaviour management plans for various year levels. Fit Cash, Star Charts, Class Dojo and Star Cards all these relate to our PE expectations and what each class and individual students need to achieve.
4. A quality PE program
No quality PE program = means students won't achieve their goals, we as educators will get bored and students won't be engaged or have fun. What is a quality PE program? Here are 9 points to quality PE program, thanks to activeforlife.com and I couldn't agree more!
5. Assessment is ready and students are prepared
Assessments is critical, obviously yes, but as educators we need to think of ways to make assessment fun and not a scary thought for the students. I have created some video assessments where students need to watch and guess what movements I am doing (test their locomotor skills), using Coach's Eye for peer and self assessments, Google forms and students suggest their own assessment. For example if we are focusing on tennis, I ask students how do you think we should assess? They know what they need to achieve, but how can we assess. Students in the past have come up with creating movies, interviewing each other and presentations. This has been really successful!
Having support makes your job a whole lot easier when organising programs, extra curricular activities, sport days and Interschool sports. Therefore developing positive relationships with your staff, students, parents, leadership team and school community will make your organisation a lot easier and promotes the teamwork within the community. All you need to do is ask and promote what you are doing to enhance student learning and development.
Networking, the most important advice I would give to any teacher. Making new contacts will only benefit your teaching and learning. One of the best things I have done to improve my learning is join the social network of Twitter. So many ideas, so many passionate teachers and you never stop learning.
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.