Group A – Week #1 Post

Group A
Week # 1 Post

October 21, 2015

Guiding questions:
* What were my positive and negative experiences in PE
* What is important to teach in PE
* Fears of teaching PE
* What is purpose, understanding of PE past & present

Sorry for the late post! My experiences in PE were mostly negative. I was self conscious of my body and was teased a lot by boys.  I was often left out of the PE activities and most of the times was able to sit on the sidelines and watch or I would skip class.  PE was focused around learning how to play sports that of which I did not have an interest in.  I did join basketball for midgets and senior high school, but fell out of interest because of small town politics.  I was always turned away from sports from players being too competitive and or aggressive.

In PE, it is important to teach students all aspects of health at not just focus on games and sports. I was absolutely terrified to take this course and my whole past PE class life flashed before me.  Honestly, I was wondering if I could sit on the sidelines and pass – this is how my past in PE had shaped me!

What I learned on the very first day of this course was a breath of fresh air and I was able to relax. Some of the key things I took away include:
~ Looking at the gym as a big classroom
~ Lesson planning for a purpose and giving every activity a purpose
~ On-going assessment of students
~ Emotional safety by setting rules and including everyone
~ Play safe, no province wide, school wide and classroom rules

Prior to this class I thought I could not teach PE and coming out I can honestly say this is one of my favourite classes and I look forward to every Tuesday!

2 thoughts on “Group A – Week #1 Post”

  1. Hello Dawn, better late than never, i enjoyed your post because I experienced much of the same. A lot of my early life I was skinny and undernourished and I lacked the energy and enthusiasm to enjoy yet tolerate the capacities of sport and athletics. So a large part of my early pe experiences were of me being bugged and teased because i didn’t have the energy or desire to compete with the rest of the boys. However as I grew older I became more athletically inclined and I became accepted. But to my dismay the punishments that were given to myself did not really stop, they were just moved to another person.

    That seems to be the “thing” to do in physical education is to combine it with athleticism and negate the learning experience that happens. Thus it is important to consider the entire aspect of the human as a holistic value rather then a singular integer based upon their attributes. So in line with your learning plans I agree.

    Have a nice day.

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