I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am not a big fan of teaching PE. I’ve had a bad attitude about it for longer than I can remember. It is my least favorite part of the week. I will jump on any opportunity to get out of it too. Anyone want to do a cool art project instead?? It’s not because I’m not active. I totally am. I wake up at 5:15am every morning to work out before I start my day. I think my biggest issue is that aside from the 15-20 go-to games that we all know, I’m disasterously unprepared for teaching PE. Which ultimately ends in something that looks like mildly managed chaos resulting in crying or kids getting hurt on most occasions. My teaching partner and I used to take turns teaching while the other helped manage, which worked out well for a long time but with our schedule change this year, I have had to resort to going solo.
For a long time I thought that maybe if I just complained loud enough about it, someone would hire a PE teacher….what a dream that was! When does that ever work? With anything? I’m not sure where or when my brain recorded the information that if I whine and complain, I will get my way. I swear it’s hard wired into our brains from birth. Or maybe it’s a part of my brain that never developed past the baby phase. Cry=food, cry=changed diaper, cry=cuddles, cry=get what I want. As an adult you would think I would know better. Really I’m not sure what I was thinking. But recently I realized my need to pull on my big girl panties and decided to post about it on Twitter with my #EduSnaps friends.
What do you get from sharing your faults and failures with this amazing community of educators? No, not ridicule or rejection but support, guidance, and so many resources your head will spin!! Holy cow what amazing educators I get to call my friends! Through their support and encouragement, they have spurred me on to not just curbing my dislike of PE but into a full scale overhaul on my entire attitude towards it.
I have found that the passions and enthusiasm of others can be incredibly infectious. But before I could be infected I had to pull myself out of my bad attitude long enough to find others who have that passion for teaching PE. I had to set the negativity aside in order to allow my perceptions to change. By changing my attitude and having the courage to share my fears and failures, I have been able to change my students’ experience in PE for the better. Today we finally had what I would consider a successful PE lesson! The lesson was organized, the equipment ready, and only one student cried (he got hit in the face with the ball so I don’t blame him!). No tattling, arguing, fighting, or any of the other various issues I’ve had in the past. I’m still not the most enthusiastic teacher of PE that there ever was, but in life attitude can make all the difference in the world!