Giving our students responsibility in their daily dose of Physical Education is very important to Mr. K and I. We know that our students value the amount of freedom and choices we give them, and they have responded very well to this style of behavior management. Research shows that teaching social and personal responsibility in Physical Education leads to improved self-efficacy in self-regulated learning, confidence, more advanced decision making skills, and improved social-emotional responsibility.
Just one example that I will point out in this post: As soon as all of the fifth and sixth, and seventh and eighth grade students enter the P.E. gym, they begin their warm-up, practically on their own. Mr. K and I have this warm-up posted, along with an agenda for the day. The students know what to expect for the hour with us in the P.E. gym, and also understand our expectations for them. Because we have instilled the importance of routine, structure, and responsibility, our students are on track every single day.
While these practices are in place for our older students, we have other appropriate practices structured into classes with our elementary students. Self-assessment tools and specific behavior management plans have been set in place to give our student more responsibility, which has allowed for more lesson time, and less questions. We'll show you more about this in a future post.:)