I always say to other educators that our Physical Education (P.E) learning space is a classroom, but it's just bigger. So when I look back when I was at primary school and when I see other educators creating a theme or displaying student work, I thought why can't us P.E teachers do that!
So I did.
I am a big visual learner and if it's colourful, engaging and purposeful then students will be even more excited to come into your P.E classroom.
So what is displayed in my classroom?
1. School Values - this is number one. For your school to work consistently throughout all year levels and learning areas, school values must be displayed and tied into your programs.
Question: How do you implement your school values into your P.E program?
2. P.E Values - just as important as the school values. Make sure values are displayed and reinforced weekly. You may ask how did we come up with the values? Students from all year levels listed words they believed were important to their learning, then four were selected from the list.
Question: Do you have your own P.E values?
3. Skill based wall - this wall is for students learn and read about various skills. The skill wall is where students place their drink bottles down, so when it's time for a quick break, it won't hurt them to look and learn. We also use them during our learning and the correct focus areas.
Question: Do you display any skill posters? If so, how do you incorporate these into student learning?
4. House Names - Bright! Big! Noticeable! Each house name is linked with a school value. For example, Cahill - Community, Jackson - Respect, Hewitt - Effort and Gilmore - Integrity. My current school we have listed Australian Sporting Legends (the last 10 years). All students love house names!
Question: Does your school have a house system? If so, how do you include this into P.E?
5. P.E Motto and mission statement - A simple sentence for students to follow and agree. The mission statement is something that students look up to and work towards to. Both the motto and the statement are something that needs to be reinforced weekly. This allows your students to familiarise with them so they're all aware and know the expectations.
Question: Do you include a motto and mission statement?
6. Student achievements - my favourite - As P.E educators I believe this in one area we forget. Yes we recognise efforts and congratulate students, however displaying their achievements make those students proud. It gives your school community to read and learn about other students achievements.
Question: How do you recognise student efforts and achievements?
7. Check In and Tap Out - very important to implement into your program. Check In is where students share how they are feeling going into P.E. We know students go through mixed emotions and at times are afraid in sharing their feelings, the check in board allows them to do this quietly, with the teacher observing. The tap out cards, simple way for students to self reflect on their performance. This is great when the class has run out of time to reflect together, students will still tap out and be proud of their efforts.
Question: Do you notice mixed emotions from your students? How do you manage this?
8. P.E Word Wall - I've blogged and presented about the word wall. Very self-explanatory, it's all about connecting the words with their learning and developing their P.E vocabulary.
Question: How you incorporate P.E language into your programs?
When I have educators visiting my big classroom they always ask, "Do your displays ever get ruined from after care or other sports?" Sometimes they do, absolutely, but when you see your students observing the current displays and achievements you know you're on the right track on creating an unforgettable learning experience for your students.
Turn your learning area into a BIG CLASSROOM.
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MY 5 Ways On Becoming An Outstanding Health and Physical Education Teacher.
Everyone’s view on this blog will be different, but I wanted to share my top 5 on becoming an outstanding educator in the field of Health and P.E.
1. Looking after yourself
You need to practice what you preach with your students. Every day we guide and encourage them to make healthy choices and to exercise as much as you can. So we need to be their role model. Share your physical activity experiences, allow your students to learn from your experiences so they feel inspired.
You may want to include photos or videos from your training or general physical activity that you perform. Lately I’ve been sharing my coaching experience with my students, sharing the success and failures I’ve had as a coach. Students are intrigued in what we do and how keep fit and healthy.
Simple! Being organised allows more quality time and teaching with your students. Be prepared and ensure your weekly or daily plans are ready to go, but also be prepared with backup plans. Being organised also beings ensuring you have enough equipment and effective resources for your lessons. Students well aware when teachers aren’t organised, this is when students ‘play up’ and therefore we go off track with our focus and focus more on student management and behaviour. Being organised also includes various strategies that may help you to become even more organised.
Sometimes as educators we are afraid in asking for feedback, whether it’s for our planning, organisation skills or even for our lessons. Receiving feedback is one of the greatest ways to learn and to become an even better educator. Feedback is not negative, feedback is constructive. I know some educators feel down after their feedback, but this is your chance to review what needs to be improved and what is working. Don’t be afraid to receive feedback from your students, whether it’s face to face or even creating a Google Form for them to complete. Remember, whoever is providing you feedback obviously cares and wants you to succeed even more. Don’t ignore feedback.
4. Trial and Error
This ties in nicely with feedback above, sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. When they don’t you need to look back at why and how can I get this right. Every week one of my lessons don’t go to plan, but that’s ok and this is where we review and see what needs to be altered. I’ve also learnt that it’s important to share with others when things don’t go right, we can’t be afraid of ‘failure’ because ‘failure’ makes us better.
Reflect, reflect and reflect - we all know what it is and why it’s important. But do we all do it? Do we do it every week? Every day? How often do you reflect?
Easily I could of listed more, you may have other top 5, but the list above is something that keeps going and makes me want to succeed even more.
Write down your top 5 and share with other educators.
This is the difference between a good educator and an outstanding educator.
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These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.