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.
Technology has taken over many things in our day to day lives. We rely on using various technology to support us, for example smart phones, iPad and the internet.
When teaching, I try to incorporate technology when I can, as students expect to see technology in their classroom and during their learning. During my Physical Education (PE) classes time is precious as we all know. My main goal in my teaching is to ensure students achieve the learning intention by the end of the lesson. Therefore technology and using various apps are sometimes included in my classes. Michael Ha @Nerdyphyseder mentioned at a PD not to ‘App-Overload’ and use technology when needed and I couldn’t agree with him more. Use the technology and apps when needed
Below are my top 10 apps, well actually 11, I couldn’t quite make the final 10 decision. Do I use them every lesson? No, however when I use them they benefit my teaching and development and most importantly these apps can make a difference in student learning.
1. Coach’s Eye @CoachsEye (ALL YEARS)
This powerful video analysis tool is a remarkable app which students love to use. I use this app with all year levels so students are able to analysis themselves and their peers. This app enables students to compare skills with each other, as it offers a split screen and students record their findings. Once they’ve completed this, they can upload it onto camera roll and other various apps. I am presenting and talking about this app in the up and coming ACHPER Conference at Monash University.
2. Edmodo @edmodo (Grade 4-6)
This app allows teachers and students to professionally communicate when needed. Students have their own access and can create their own small profile. When I use it, I upload learning intentions, results, padlets, and reminders of excursions or sport days and upload various permission forms. This app is a great app for communication, as sometimes you don’t see your students until the next lesson and if important information needs to get through to them, then using Edmodo sure does help.
3. Idoceo @idoceo (ALL YEARS – TEACHER PURPOSE)
Wow wee, this app has got me organised with my assessment, reminders, notices and timetables. When I was introduced to this app by Andy Hair @MrHair I was impressed from the word go. Since beginning with this app, I no longer have hard copy assessments/checklists or class lists, it is all on one program which is very user friendly. I highly recommend this app.
4. Team Shake (ALL YEARS)
Dividing students into teams can be difficult, this app in Team Shake does the work for you. After listening to Carly Randle @CarlyRandle I was sold on this app and it is a brilliant way to make groups within your PE classes. Once you insert your grades into this and after a quick ‘shake’ the app will do all the work for you and put your students into groups. Brilliant!
5. Explain Everything @explainevrythng (ALL YEARS)
I must admit, this is one of my favourite apps. I was exposed to this app by Sam Irwin @samjirwin. This app you can insert photos, videos, web browsers, record, create a presentation etc. Students use this a lot especially when they create their own games. Students present using this app using their creative ideas and they certainly turn out looking great. It is very easy to use.
6. Coach Note (Grade 3-6)
This app is a very simple app to use when coaching or tr