Teacher/Leader have your students done this before?
Why, why, why?
Connecting education to the real world is challenging. Students and parents want to know the “why” when it comes to learning. As a parent, I’m the same way. Why do my children need to know what you are teaching to succeed in the world?
Today’s students and parents are more savvy of the workings of school, society, and the world than even just 20 years ago. What we do in our classrooms needs to prepare students for a new way of life. Blue collar jobs seem to be on the decrease and more opportunities are coming in the form of technology.
Over the last several weeks I have been thinking about this a lot. Is my teaching changing or impacting lives? If so, how do I know? If not, how do I know? I, as a professional, want to make sure I’m giving the students the best I have to give.
So, since I rarely get any testimonials from former students I have to rely on my own reflections and the reflections of current students. This is the best I have to go on right now. I’d love to have more former students come back and let me know what they really needed or tell me that what I was doing was spot on.
I’ve been struggling trying to figure out if what I’m doing is effective. I’m trying to make my classes more relevant to what this generation needs to live long, healthy, fun, risk taking, active lives.
For the Future
I’ve been trying to come up with ideas on how to give my class more meaning to my students. I’ve thought of:
- Walk and talks discussing what exactly physical education is. So many students still think physical education is physical activity class.
- Think, Pair, Share about what the students want to be able to know and do by the end of the school year.
- Incorporating a #physed 101 series of lessons needed as a foundation to developing personal fitness plans and making fitness plans for friends, families, and community members.
- Making real world connections to the lessons. For instance, when teaching offensive and defensive strategies and relating those strategies for living life.
What do you think?
How do you know what if you are doing is effective? What plan do you have in place to make sure you are meeting the needs of your student’s future self?
I challenge you to reflect, but don’t just think about what went well and what didn’t. Have your students reflect about your class and what they would do to improve it.
Write down your ideas and have the students ideas written as well so you don’t forget what you wanted to change or keep the same. You might just need to change the way you are teaching a certain topic just to make it more relevant to your students.
With the world chaining the way it is we as educators need to be looking for new ways to deliver content and motivate students. Do whatever it takes to make your students succeed!
Remember: Physical Education – Where Mind and Body Come Together!