Teaching physical education is a wonderful opportunity to help young people develop physically active and healthy lifestyles. But, as any physical education teacher knows, there are many challenges on and off the field—ones that you never learn about from textbooks or methods classes.
Physical Education Tips From the Trenches is a lighthearted and inspiring resource that presents 83 solutions to real-world obstacles that every elementary physical education teacher struggles with sooner or later:
An all-day talent show that ruins your best-laid plans
A mother who fears her child will get hurt in your class
A fellow teacher who punishes her students by taking away PE time
If these sound like examples from your job, then this book’s for you!
The author is a physical education teacher who’s spent more than a decade in the trenches, and she shares her hard-won solutions in a sympathetic, engaging, and personable style. The result is a survival guide that is enjoyable to read and packed with sensible ways to improve your teaching.
Physical Education Tips From the Trenches follows a consistent, easy-to-read format that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. When you’re wondering “How can I handle this?” simply look up the obstacle. There you’ll find mistakes commonly made when dealing with the obstacle; tips for handling the obstacle; a solution; and a relevant, real-life story to provide perspective.
Here are some of the book’s many other appealing features:
Fun chapter headings
An appendix that includes the author’s own “kids-say-the-darnedest-things” list—it’ll renew your love for your job
Additional real-life anecdotes that illustrate what works and what doesn’t
If you’re a new physical education teacher, you’ll learn about events that could—and probably will!—occur during your school day and how to handle them. If you’re an experienced teacher, you’ll appreciate the fresh, teacher-proven approaches to these challenges.
When you read Physical Education Tips From the Trenches, you’ll not only find tools to help you provide the best possible physical experiences for your students; you’ll also relate to the struggles, laugh, and find new inspiration to make your job more enjoyable.
Introduction: Physical Education in the 21st Century Chapter 1: Be Clothes-Minded Chapter 2: Kids Say the Darnedest Things Chapter 3: Kids Do the Darnedest Things Chapter 4: It’s Physical Education Time! Chapter 5: Tools of the Trade Chapter 6: All Creatures Great, Small, … and Ugly Chapter 7: Snags and Interruptions Chapter 8: Weather Woes Chapter 9: Outside Annoyances Chapter 10: Field Fun and Frustration Chapter 11: Off the Field: Issues and Opportunities Chapter 12: Becoming a Better Teacher Chapter 13: Special Day Challenges
Audiences: Reference for elementary physical education and classroom teachers, student PE teachers, and PETE faculty.
Charmain Sutherland is a physical education specialist at Holland Elementary School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who has worked in private and public schools for more than a decade. She has taught physical education and health to every type of student—at-risk, disadvantaged, and privileged—and has coached a variety of sports. In April 2001, Charmain received a national teaching award presented by Coca-Cola and Healthsouth for developing a dynamic physical education program that exceeded the expectations of her city, state, and school. A member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, she is a popular speaker at state conventions and citywide in-services in Virginia Beach. Charmain earned a master's degree in physical education, administration, and supervision from Old Dominion University.