“At some point, you need to take this class more seriously”
P.E (Physical education) is a class where children take part in activities, sports and learn the fundamentals and socialize with their peers.
The problem: schools don’t want to give a grade for it, kids don’t want to participate, schools are trying to rid of it, P.E teachers aren’t doing a good job keeping kids involved, it is usually only needed 1 year out of the 4 in high school, P.E gets treated more like a socializing class than a class for keeping active, most kids are in a sport already who do participate and don’t take it very seriously,
The solution: Make it a grade instead of pass and fail, the kids who choose to not participate figure out why they don’t and see if you can change their minds, make it fun and a new learning experience, go to the school board and talk to them about why P.E class is important for the children, take your job more seriously as a P.E teacher and stop slacking because the children aren’t doing what you intend them to do, socializing is all good and gravy but allow socializing to occur while doing something not as a group of kids hanging out talking to their friends in a corner of the gym, the kids who participate in a sport shouldn’t have to take P.E classes in the first place but if you have a student who doesn’t get to play on the field, make it so he/she does play on the field.
When I was in school, P.E in elementary school was a learning experience, and while we talked to our peers we still were expected to follow the teachers rules and participate. Middle school, I didn’t have to take P.E (forget the reason why), High school, P.E was mandated for 1 year and after that I didn’t have to take it any longer & it was worth one credit and a pass or fail class. I can remember how many times I had shown up to P.E and the same kids not participating would just sit on the bleachers or stand off somewhere and the teacher never even tried to talk to them to see why they didn’t want to participate. Why not? because they probably didn’t care. That is the main problem right there, not caring. If we are trying to push a healthier lifestyle in schools then why are we choosing to not care about whether someone participates or not and not taking these classes seriously. Hmm
Well I am going to hit on each solution individually so that we can break this down and maybe someone can offer me answers to some or even share their opinions.
- Make it a grade instead of a pass/fail class. Why? Well let me first just say this solution is for once they start middle school and high school; excludes elementary school and below. I think having P.E based on a grading scale would allow the student to take it more seriously, I mean a pass or fail grade is so cut and dry that one could pass and never even include his/her self in a activity; which allows this student to believe “Well fuck it, I don’t care”; you are getting paid to help and care not to forget about it and walk away. Just my thought out loud.
- Trying to figure out why the child never wants to participate in the class. This is quite important, if anything this may give feedback and help you become a better P.E teacher and it may open doors to other issues this particular person is having, you get to understand them on a more personal level and it shows you care about their wellbeing.
- Make P.E fun and a learning experience, fun isn’t having them walking the whole gym for the entire period or telling them to find something to do that doesn’t involve any type of stimulating activity. Having them do homework during the period isn’t fun and it’s not going to keep their attention. Kids will grow bored. Get some team sports ready, have them choose different games to play that everyone would want to do, teach them something new; make things so that everyone can appreciate the time spent in class.
- If you are a P.E teacher and your school is debating about taking away P.E classes or ridding them, then it’s your job to not only fight for your job (as I would hope for) but also fight to keep something that is benefiting the children, give the board something to ponder before they come to that solution, don’t think about you, think about the students who enjoyed it, benefited from it and fight for it.
- P.E teachers need to take their job more seriously (more so high school P.E teachers) because at this point, if students notice you don’t give a fuck about your class neither will they and the lack of respect will start to happen both ways. You obviously went to school to graduate in this particular field of work for some reason other than the pay and now you need to show that you take your job seriously and don’t allow yourself to become laxed because you notice a student don’t want to follow the rules; that should be more of a reason to take your job seriously so the students learn to respect you and your job.
- Socializing is GREAT for P.E, I am all for it, but I am not for more socializing than action. Why do some P.E teachers allow a group of girls talk the whole class period long without having to participate in any activities, why do you allow your students to make fun of other students during the class and why are you allowing students to come in and sit on the bleachers to only watch other students play.
- Students whom play a sport for the school should not have to take P.E because they already are staying active in other means, it should be optional for them but if a student is on a team and doesn’t get any time on the court, field, track then that coach needs to allow them to play or the coach needs to require them to take a P.E class (although, I am a firm believer even the bench warmers should play a game at some point) so no child is left behind in that aspect and so they get their regular exercise and feel part of the team too
All of these solutions aren’t perfect nor are they going to solve every problem that involves P.E but these solutions are just thoughts spoken out loud so that people are aware of different things that could help the school systems with P.E. I am not meaning to talk negatively about P.E teachers as I do realize there is only so much some of them can do and maybe not all of them like their jobs but I do find many of them don’t take their job seriously nor seem to care about the students in the class (besides the athletes) and that’s not really naturally fair when it comes down to it because every student deserves to stay active and want to feel involved in the class. I myself was an athlete and I know for a fact I was treated a lot differently than the students who were not. At the time it meant nothing to me, but now when I look back on it, I now see the problem in it sometimes. I believe P.E classes are important in school systems, I think they are the only way for a child to stay active in school for the most part and it brings different kids together and allows for friendships and socialization, so I feel it can be a very BIG positive but it needs to improve. Again this is just my opinion and hopefully someone else can share their opinions and thoughts, no matter.
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