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Lil’ Help? Part One

During tonight’s #pechat on Teacher Accountability in #PhysEd, there were two interesting discussions that really stuck with me. One of these discussions involved how we, as physical educators, hold ourselves accountable in our teaching. The second discussion asked how social media could be used to provide criticism in a constructive way to our peers.

That being said I thought we could try something here called “Lil’ Help?” (née “Dear Team #PhysEd”).

The idea is that member of the #physed community could submit issues that they have with their own teaching (things that we know we could be doing better) anonymously and then invite the community to pick apart these issues and provide possible solutions.

Think of it as an advice column for physical educators.

Using a combination of the blog’s comments functionality (which allows for more characters than Twitter), we should be able to get a good discussion going around some of these issues.

Now, onto the first issue I’d ask you to tackle (which isn’t so anonymous, especially since I am the only one currently aware of this blog post at the moment… oh well, be gentle):

Name: Drill Sergeant
Grade Levels Taught: Elementary (K-6)
Issue: One of my biggest issues with my teaching is my behaviour management in class. I feel as though I sometimes get so involved with the content, assessment, and feedback cycles that I tend to let my students run a little wild in class (which hurts their learning). Although I have worked hard on establishing routines and procedures in my gym, I tend to let too many things slide. However, when I do try to focus on be strict about the rules/routines/procedures, I find I feel too much like a drill sergeant and don’t enjoy teaching. Lil’ help?

How would you help “Drill Sergeant” with his behaviour management? What strategies have worked for you when dealing with such issues? Leave your helpful tips in the comments below!

What do you think? Could this type of post be helpful for the #physed community? Do you have issues with your own teaching that you would like to share anonymously? If so, fill out this short Google Form and I will feature your issue in the next edition of Lil’ Help!

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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