Teaching PhilosophyIn order to teach students physical skills for life, a behavior plan must be in place so students can learn to respect themselves, other students, and the teacher. As respect is developed through behavior, students will receive learning objectives that enable them to gain the necessary skills to be physically active for life. After the teacher has presented the learning objectives, skill assessments will help the student grow in the activity through feedback and understanding. By implementing behavior plans, learning objectives, and assessment plans, students will enjoy physical education and understand that being physically active will benefit them throughout their lives.
In order to teach students physical skills for life a behavior plan must be in place so students will learn to respect themselves, other students, and the teacher. When the students exhibit poor behavior the class room teaching environment becomes distracting and unorganized. Through the behavior plan students learn the boundaries of the classroom rules. The rules establish an organized environment and allow students security by knowing that the teacher is in control.
When the behavior plan is established, students are prepared to receive learning objectives. The learning objectives, which coincide with the a state’s core curriculum, allow students to progress and mature in an organized and fun environment. For example: in order to play soccer a student must learn how to dribble the ball back and forth between his or her feet. By learning to dribble the ball, the student experiences three fundamental learning objectives. The first is the psychomotor, which is the physical ability to dribble the ball. The second is cognitive reasoning, which allows the student to think about the process of dribbling the ball. The third is the affective ability, which is how the student works within the rules of dribbling the soccer ball. As the student becomes familiar with his or her body through the learning objective, a skill is developed which can be assessed.
When a student receives an assessment of his or her skills, the student learns the correct and incorrect principles they are utilizing. From the above example of dribbling the soccer ball, if a student is not performing the skill correctly or has trouble in one aspect of the skill, then the assessment of the skill will enable the student to be aware of the their lack of skill and be able to develop the proper technique. Students will progress through assessments and learn the proper skills and techniques to enjoy and eventually learn new sports throughout their life.
Teachers implementing behavior plans, learning objectives, and assessment plans, will discover a teaching philosophy that will provide students with the necessary tools to continue physical activity throughout their lives and facilitate the role of physical education in the public school systems.