Congratulations! You've accepted a job as a physical education teacher and are ready to start. But before you get too excited about the challenges ahead, I encourage you to pause for a moment and think about what is before you. The success of your first 100 days as a PE teacher depends on the foundation you lay now: small steps taken with care will lead to big gains later on when both you and your students find success in their academic lives. Consider what you do today allows you to be better tomorrow. What you do tomorrow allows you to be better next week. What you do next week allows you to be better next month and so on.
Here are some tips on making sure everyone's doing just that:
Know your audience
As a PE teacher, you'll be teaching in a variety of ways. You may be teaching the same sport but using different teaching strategies and techniques to keep your students engaged. Or maybe you're working with different age groups and therefore have different expectations for your students' behaviour. Or maybe your school has different needs than other schools do when it comes to physical education (PE).
Whatever the case may be, there are many ways to approach this subject matter as an educator--and there's no right or wrong way! The best thing you can do is create an environment where everyone feels welcome and included in whatever activities they enjoy most so that all students can reach their fullest potential physically, emotionally, and socially while learning valuable life skills along the way.
Find out what's happening in the world of physical education
As a physical education teacher, you are responsible for developing and implementing programs that will promote health and fitness. In order to do this, you need to know what's happening in the world of physical education so that you can keep up with trends.
To help guide you through this new territory, here are some things we've learned about how things work:
The best way to get the most out of your first 100 days is to understand the needs of your students and the needs of the school community.
Congratulations! You've landed your job as a physical education teacher, and now just take a deep breath, relax and be the most fun version of yourself you can be. You have a whole career ahead of you to discover your micro passions but for now just embrace your career.