Classroom Management – Physical Education Style


I believe that Physical Education teachers may be the best managers of classrooms in schools today!

They really have no choice.  The nature of the class demands it.  Huge class sizes, lessons involving flying objects, students running in class, and lots of “organized chaos,” dictates the need to create a safe, orderly classroom environment.

I had the opportunity to observe some of our P.E. classes last week, and what I saw was an impressive system of procedures and processes, which allowed for successful participation, engaging lessons, and enjoyable activities for all students.

Six Reasons P.E. Teachers are Excellent Classroom ManagersDSCN1773 DSCN1774 DSCN1780 DSCN1783 DSCN1785 DSCN1787

  • They establish high behavioral expectations for all students
    • Rules and procedures are established from day one.
    • Rules are consistent, fair, and intentional
  • They practice the procedures with the students
    • Teachers review the expectations often
    • They practice the procedures with the students
    • When the procedure breaks down, they practice it some more
  • They create an atmosphere of mutual respect
    • P.E. teachers treat all students with respect, regardless of ability
    • They encourage every student to do their best, and insist that students encourage each other as well
  • They keep the rules simple and relevant
    • There are no complicated or unnecessary rules
    • There are no lists of “Do Nots” posted on the wall
    • Students understand that procedures are in place for their own safety
  • They are proactive!
    • Making up rules “as you go” just leads to confusion!
  • They provide activities that are fun and engaging
    • P.E. is fun! Students have the opportunity to play games, run off some energy, and compete against their peers
    • When students are involved in something they enjoy, they are less likely to cause disruptions

Need some help with classroom management techniques?  Go check out your school’s P.E. classes!  They’re doing incredible things!


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