My philosophy of physical education is to create a learning environment where students are able to achieve in a variety of situations. Every child has a different method of learning and separate route of development. I believe the key is to constantly use various positive approaches and to have an open-ended pedagogy. A teacher must adapt to their students through observation of the students’ learning styles. Through careful speculation physical educators must use their findings to create a learning environment where students have the opportunity to perform skills, answer questions, and socialize with other students; building students’ psychomotor skills, cognitive skills, and affective skills. By developing these skills in students, teachers are preparing the students for life-long success in their communities and society. These fundamentals needs along with physical activity, natural competition, and strong relationships are essential in order for our next generation to be well-informed, well-prepared, and highly-engaged citizens and life-long learners. It is vital for this upcoming generation to be prepared and willing to take on the task of building and equitable global society that values knowledge, compassion, and lifelong learning.
Planning & Preparation: First and foremost, lessons must be planned in order to prepare for students and ensure there is reliable teaching being done. For examples, please refer to my lesson plan examples under ‘Portfolio.’
Classroom Management: To ensure learning, it is extremely important to have a positive, well-managed environment in order for learning to take place. For examples, please refer to my lesson plan examples under ‘Portfolio.’
Progression: Lessons must follow a certain sequence that allows for progressions. Students must start with simple skills in order to develop more difficult skills. For example, students must learn how to walk appropriately before they learn how to run.
Individualization: Every student has their own individual learning style, attitude, and behavior. Students vary in how they learn and at what pace they learn. Some students tend to be visual learners, while others are hands on or auditory learners. A physical educator’s job is to accommodate for all learning styles and give every student an equal opportunity to learn.
Adaptation: A physical educator’s responsibility is to encourage lifelong learning and fitness. In order to do so there must be a positive learning environment instilled in the classroom. During physical education modifying games so that all students are successful helps create a positive atmosphere. When students are successful they tend to continue being active throughout their lifetime.
In the end, my goal is to make students physical educated, to develop their individual and team skills, and to strengthen their outlook on a healthy lifestyle.