Personal Essay On Physical Education

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Honestly I never thought I would be writing an essay about becoming and educator in any capacity, especially not a physical education teacher. I was never an athlete, nor did I have any helpful or inspiring gym class experiences. In short, my lack of quality physical education has in turn caused my desire to change that pattern for other students. Over the course of this rocky semester, I have discovered that not only could teaching physical education be a great back up or addition to teaching health but is actually something I love and am incredibly excited to do. Despite my unpleasant and at times tear filled adolescent history with PE class I have developed a great feel for what I desire to do in the classroom. Overall I had incredible …show more content…
As far as an overall teaching philosophy and how I view the role of schools in our society I mostly fall into the Social Reconstructionist mindset. I find value and faith in the ability for teachers and communities to truly be there for students and help make change in our world. Real world application and the chance for students to know why they are learning skills is important to me and would have greatly improved my physical education as a child. Engaging the community and encouraging students’ families to be active learners is important to me for life long learning and fitness abilities. One of the things that has stuck out to me the most is the idea you keep reinforcing that sometimes teachers need to fight for not just their subject but also for change in their schools. I was incredibly inspired by your sharing of how you helped implement change to the core classrooms in Shawnee as well. I feel that being able to show every teacher and staff member at a school why physical education and activity is important can help students really get …show more content…
I had a picture in my head of what PE is that was both right and wrong and learning the history really helped cement those ideas in the right frames. I loved finding out that many mover and shakers in physical education have been women. I have been telling everyone I talk to here at UCO about Emma Plunkett! Little facts like that keep me feeling that I have to do the best I can to impart what I learn to my future students. Seeing a glimpse into the past also reinforced some of my feelings about how students should be taught and encouraged. The gym classes of yesterday could be scary and unfair to students with any kind of differences. A lot of those techniques and ideas trickled down into the PE classes I grew up in and made me embarrassed and uncomfortable with fitness and sports, if my teachers had taken the time to learn more about modern PE movements that might have been a very different story. Learning about SHAPE America just about blew me away. My first major here was Funeral Services and the amount of oversight, national and state organizations and outreach and how connected everyone is was something I really enjoyed so finding out about those types of organizations was refreshing. With all the problems we have in Oklahoma’s education system right now, and across the country I feel that national oversight and intervention is needed in a lot of cases. I know that isn’t always a popular

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