The evening prior to our first class, I was very nervous. Having experienced mostly negative experiences in my childhood Physical Education (PE) classes, I was apprehensive about what this course would be like, and how I would be able to teach a class and make it exciting and fun for everyone.
The PE classes of my recollections involved a lot of standing in the sidelines during soccer games, and wishing that I wouldn’t be “saved” during dodgeball so I didn’t have to go back into the battle zone. Although teachers encouraged everyone to participate, children who were already good at whatever sport or game that was being played tended to take the spotlight, while the rest of the class stood by and watched.
I did not quite understand this problem until we discussed the article regarding primary school teachers not feeling qualified to teach PE. In my own conversation with a classmate, a multitude of reasons could contribute to this issue. Fitness and athletic abilities, as well as past experiences were brought up. Having never been exceptionally athletic, as well as experiencing the feeling of being left out, I was hesitant about my own ability to teach PE successfully. It then made sense that teachers with a similar background would feel unqualified to teach PE.
The views toward fitness and physical education are changing, however. Rather than being focused on “super stars” with skills that the majority of the population are not able to achieve, attention is being drawn to staying active through whatever means you are comfortable with. I hope that I will be able to create an environment that emphasizes the importance of staying active, rather than letting it become an exhibition of skills.