My Philosophy of Physical Education is that children should enjoy moving their bodies. If they like to move, they will do so more often and will become healthy individuals. Therefore, I feel Physical Education should be fun, motivating, non-threatening, and successful.
In order to achieve these philosophical goals, I do several things. I begin by trying to have a fun and motivating atmosphere by having a variety of exciting warm up and station games. By teaching different warm up and station activities, the children do not get bored by playing the same thing every day. In addition, the children are exposed to new ideas, formats, activities, and games.
I provide a non-threatening and successful atmosphere by designing my lessons to allow children to work at their own rate and level. Lessons begin at an entry skill level and children are advanced by "extentions" provided by the teacher. Children play, advance, and are challenged to reach their level through these progressions. Success is built into each level and, therefore, children feel good about their skills.
In Physical Education, children work on Social Skills every day. At our P.E. stations, children work in groups of different sizes. Therefore, we work on teamwork, communication, respect, taking turns, sharing, encouragement, listening, sportsmanship, and trying more than one person's ideas. We directly teach these skills at the beginning of the year and then we touch on them at our stations as the skills come up. What a way to learn group dynamics and help our children for the future!