Paul has a passion for both theoretical and practical PE, especially the application of theoretical principles to practical subjects, and the delivery of the science specialisms within A Level PE. Paul enjoys all practical activities and the massive progression that all pupils can make within the subject.
Any aspiring Physical Education teacher has to have certain traits to be successful. PE teachers have to be good in the classroom, but they also have to be able to work with parents and other educators. Good PE teachers need to have a range of skills beyond knowing sports, including interpersonal skills, creativity, and more.
It seems obvious, but having a healthy body is important for a PE teacher. Since PE teachers are telling students to make healthy choices, these adults have to model what they say to do. PE teachers don’t need to be star athletes, but having a positive attitude toward fitness and teaching is important to show students how living healthily can be enjoyable.
This is another trait that seems apparent, but a good Physical Educator needs to be able to educate. Being able to distil complex ideas into easily followed steps helps your students feel better about physical activity. Being able to teach also includes being able to recognise which students need more encouragement or a different way of explaining, and assessing learning.
Working with students, parents, and other teachers requires a range of interpersonal skills. Being a teacher means being a leader and role model to your students. A physical education teacher is a model of values such as leadership, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Treating the people around you with respect makes them more likely to respect you and your subject.
Being able to communicate effectively is another important skill. Clear communication to your students helps them learn in your lessons and keeps them safe. Communicating with parents and other professionals respectfully shows how you treat your students in your lessons. Effective communication builds a sense of community where students feel confident in their abilities. With greater confidence and support, students are more likely to embrace physical activity as a source of fun.
Patience and Adaptability
Patience and adaptability are important to a successful teaching career. Since not all students learn in the same way or the same rate, it’s important to stay patient and have different approaches. It’s also important to adapt and modify lessons to include students of different levels and abilities. Being able to change your lesson plans to adapt to weather or available resources also helps keep your lessons on track.
As a PE teacher, you will be teaching students who have different ages and physical abilities across a range of sports and activities. Being organised keeps all of these needs together and easy to manage. Keeping the classes themselves organised keeps them flowing, limits downtime, and lessens chances for conflict and behaviour issues. Any PE class involves students, physical area, and equipment, so keeping all of these things organised makes the entire class run smoothly and maximises learning opportunities.
Being able to adapt and find new activities keeps your classes entertaining and fun for everybody. You can find inspiration for your classes in television, music, and other classes. You can take ideas from all around you to make engaging and fun activities for students of all physical abilities. Having a variety of activities and outcomes keeps students engaged and interested in your classes.
Focus on the Students
As an educator, you need to make sure your students are learning. Being an educator means you need to have a passion for helping children learn skills they can use in their daily lives outside of the classroom. Working with children can be taxing, so keeping that passion going helps you make your classes instructional and fun. You also need to keep your students safe and secure during class, since they’re moving around and in large areas with different equipment.
Your own Outlook
The way in which you approach the subject and career has a huge impact on how you role-model all of the above. At the forefront is professionalism in everything we do and being willing to push the academic side of the subject; not just through theory lessons but in all practical lessons as well, so that children know how their body is working and the impact that further exercise will have on them. It is about instilling a life-long interest and desire in physical activity to ensure that future generations are as healthy as possible.