This year I was able to go to MOAHPERD ( Missouri Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreational Dance). While I was at this conference I had the opportunity to communicate with PE/ Health teachers from all around the state, in doing this I was able to learn different techniques and styles of teaching that they have found to be beneficial for their students learning. Ranging from how they have the class organized at the beginning of each lesson, how to have the students try an activity that is completely new to them or an activity they may have a negative predisposition to, and how to bring them back in at the end of class and recap what they learned throughout the lesson. I was also able to learn new tactics on how to get those that may not enjoy PE to want to fully participate with the class.
Once I got back from this conference I started to slowly make the necessary changes within my classes to utilize these changes I wanted to implement. I started with how the kids came in and stretched which now instead of me leading the class I have a group of students leading the class, this group rotates each time the class shows up so each student gets the chance to be seen as a leader by their peers. I have also started to sit back a bit more during the activity portion of the lesson so that they students are free and encouraged to make mistakes and learn from them and correct them themselves, and if they are unable to learn from and correct their mistakes or are getting frustrated then I help in sometimes making similar mistakes so they can see that it's ok to do so. At the end of class now I'm starting to use small focus groups to help the students recap what they learned so that they can feel like they are heard rather than just have the same five students blurting out or being relied on by the class to speak out. I feel as though these changes have been truly helpful for the classes and for myself.
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