How to Allocate & Manage Resources in P.E. Programs

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  • 0:39 Selecting & Organizing…
  • 2:21 Allocating Resources Equitably
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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

As a PE teacher, you have many different materials and human resources to think about and manage. This lesson discusses some of the concepts and strategies you can use to help yourself allocate and manage these resources.

Resources in a PE Program

Let's say your friend Jennifer is a new physical education (PE) teacher at Stonington Elementary, and she's really excited about her new role and responsibilities. As she meets with the principal to start planning her year, she starts thinking about the importance of resource management, which means taking care of the people and things that make her curriculum and instruction possible.

Allocating and managing resources will be a crucial aspect of her job. She has many different things to think about and wants to make sure that she meets students' needs in a thoughtful, equitable way that promotes their overall fitness, or physical well being.

Selecting & Organizing Resources

First, Jennifer thinks about the different kinds of resources she will have to select and organize.

1. Managing Time

One important resource for Jennifer is time. She knows that she has a lot of different things to do with her time, such as:

  • planning lessons
  • maintaining equipment
  • attending school-wide and grade level meetings
  • communicating with families
  • looking over assessment data

All of this has to happen in addition to teaching her PE classes. Jennifer knows that to manage her time appropriately, she'll need to keep an organized calendar. At the beginning of each week, she reviews everything she needs to accomplish and plots when she will get which tasks done.

2. Managing Space and Equipment

Jennifer also needs to manage her space and equipment: the tools her students use for different sports and games. When it comes to maintaining facilities, she develops a strong collaborative relationship with the custodian at her school to determine how best to keep her space in good order. She stores each piece of equipment carefully and assigns students in the upper grades leadership roles that include putting equipment away, cleaning it, and monitoring it for safety and usability.

3. Managing Activities

When it comes to managing the activities her students do, Jennifer uses the resources that she's garnered from her own teaching education, and she sets both individual and group goals for her students. She chooses activities that emphasize fitness and emotional well being while also moving students gradually toward these different goals.

Jennifer also finds that collaboration, or work with other teachers, helps her manage the activities she plans and uses. She gets ideas about students' needs and interests from listening to her colleagues' observations and suggestions.

Allocating Resources Equitably

Even though Jennifer is paying close attention to managing and allocating resources, she's worried that some students are getting more from her than others. She's especially alert to issues of equity, or fairness, in PE class.

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