Teachers confidence in PE

A lot of teachers are not confident with their performance in PE – Why? Sometimes it is just one ‘sport’ or ‘part’ – but other times it is their confidence with the whole thing. It is important that teachers do not pass this on to the next generation because it will be an on-going chain that will lead to a whole generation of adults who aren’t ‘physically educated’ and will not be involved in physical exercise. This may lead to numerous problems such as adult obesity and adults not being able to form adult relationships.
In my view you can be either really enthusiastic or unenthusiastic about PE and I was one of the ones who was unenthusiastic but now I do love sports – watching and playing it so being uninterested in it at school doesn’t always make a difference. In most cases it does. The problem with being a primary school teacher is that you have to be enthusiastic about every subject the same and not just about your subject, which is a new and hard skill to learn because of bad experience about subjects at school.
In my first lecture about PE I learnt a lot by doing activities that would be taught in schools as well as theory. One theory suggested that there were different ‘good’ qualities for a PE teacher but what if you aren’t these qualities will you be a bad teacher of PE? You can’t be everything of each subject which suggests you have to have different qualities. The qualities that you need are: subject knowledge; skills of observation, communication and organisation; the ability to constantly assess where children are at and where their next step should take them; understanding of the children and how they learn; the ability to establish good relationships; enthusiasm for the subject; a reason to teach the subject. These can be divided in to a variety of subsections.
I also learnt about Sherborne’s developmental movement and did some activities linked to this – which was interesting and new to me. Sherborne’s developmental movement suggests that children need to understand their own bodies and children need to be able to form relationships. To me this sounds all too perfect because us as adults don’t always understand everything about our bodies. Another is to feel comfortable in our bodies – I know no one is fully comfortable in their bodies especially ladies with the media, thin models and airbrushing. Although it is important that children form good relationships but this doesn’t come easy to everyone. But is it a bit challenging for anyone to have all of these at high levels?
From the presentation that I was given as an ‘Introduction to Physical Education’, there were a few quotes that I had mixed views about.
“The aim of physical education is to develop physical competence so that all children are able to move efficiently, effectively and safely and understand what they are doing.” (afPE, 2008) How do you know the aim of Physical Education isn’t it different for everyone, every society, every community and especially every individual class or individual.
“Physical education is a blend of ‘learning to move and moving to learn”. (Pickup and Price, 2007, p5.) I thought that this view was a bit too simplistic and wasn’t sure what it actually meant if I’m honest.
I was quite shocked with this one because I thought about it before when I was doing the activities in the lesson and I thought the definition was completely different and I didn’t think about it. The question asked was ‘what is special about physical education?’ and the answer was ‘It’s the only subject whose focus is on physical learning (learning about the physical and through the physical)’
In conclusion, I think it’s not what other people define people as – which is generated through their experiences but to generate your own experiences in PE and give it to the children. If you are unenthusiastic try to improve your ability through courses to make the best time you can for the children and give them the best quality education you can give.