Teaching Philosophy

My Professional Beliefs

It has been said, “If you had fun, you won.” Comprehension, knowledge and understanding cannot take place if a student is not engaged. With this in mind, a classroom with a welcoming and compassionate learning environment, where students have fun while increasing their knowledge base is imperative.  When inspiring students with varying cognitive, social, behavioral, and athletic abilities, it is important to find ways in which to motivate while improving their self-esteem. Each student is motivated in a different fashion; therefore, implementing a variety of teaching strategies increases student participation and active listening. As an educator, one should live what they teach. In turn, students will be motivated, inspired, and enjoy the subject matter.

The ideal Physical Education program for the 21st century student is multifaceted.  It should be designed around building knowledge of a variety of sports, thus challenging students to work to their fullest potential, and promoting good sportsmanship.  At the same time, opportunities to enhance self-esteem and guarantee that students acquire a complete understanding of the skills should be presented.  There should be a systematic method for implementing this program. A sound curriculum, a variety of teaching techniques, effective classroom management, as well as assessing students’ progress must be carefully considered.


A Physical Education curriculum should be carefully planned. When constructing it, aspects to consider would consist of school location as well as ages and abilities of students, for these are important factors to regard when planning lessons. The length of each unit must vary depending on the skills being taught and the amount of time required to sufficiently familiarize the students with the knowledge base to practice the sport outside of a school setting. In addition, it is imperative to have alternative lesson plans to adhere to the above considerations. A balanced curriculum, incorporating various sports, is important in giving students experience in a wide range of physical activities. Throughout each sport, psychomotor, cognitive, and social skills are utilized. It is important to provide students opportunities to adapt skills from one sport to another as well as in real life situations. It is my hope that students can take the knowledge gained in my class and successfully assimilate my lessons into their daily life. Sports promote physical fitness, positive social interaction, as well as good sportsmanship. A carefully planned curriculum is essential for the systematic instruction of an array of team as well as individual sports.


A wide variety of instructional techniques, differentiated instruction, should be a critical factor in the instruction of Physical Education and is essential in keeping the students engaged and motivated.  There should be a continual effort to reach every type of learner. Lessons should be presented in such a way that students are invested. Relating to all types of learners is critical.

Different approaches such as verbal and visual are ways in which to keep the students involved and sustain their attention. While instructing, it is important to make sure the students understand what is being expressed.  Demonstrations are an excellent method to check for understanding and give students the opportunity to shine.


Classroom management of a Physical Education classroom is essential for effective use of class time.  Without it, the class is chaotic.  Therefore, students should be made aware of protocols expected by the teacher.  Knowing the format of the class, as well as specific rules, ensure that the class runs smoothly. Students should be familiar with the design of the class, so the teacher can begin instruction as soon as possible. Posting and going over the rules as well as what is expected of the students helps establish quality classroom management. 


Lastly, an assessment of progress is critical in determining how the student is doing in class. Therefore, assessing students and evaluating their progress is a constant occurrence in a Physical Education setting.  In this manner, students will always be aware of their progress.  Through constructive assessment, strengths as well as weaknesses should be identified in order to assist students in reaching their goals.  Deciding when an assessment should be completed will vary depending on the scope of the lesson.  Assessment is an excellent informative tool; it allows the teacher to evaluate to what extent the student has retained the material. Alternative assessments such as videotaping, journal writing, and giving homework (such as physical activity logs) are just three of the many means of assessing. I believe in these alternative assessment techniques, for they give more insight as to how much the student truly understands.  Often times, alternative assessments increase motivation.  Other forms of assessment, such as partner quizzes, allow students to collaborate and feel more comfortable while being assessed.  A quality assessment should assess knowledge and understanding, and should be enjoyable for the student.

A sound curriculum, quality instruction, effective classroom management, and assessment of progress are essential for a quality Physical Education program. This cannot be done without the support of students, staff, legal guardians, and the teacher.