How to Effectively Manage P.E. Programs

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, thinking about how to manage your program can make a big difference in how well you are able to instruct your students. This lesson discusses techniques for effective management of PE programs.

Why Management Counts

Scott has been teaching PE at Baxter Elementary for a long time, and he thinks one of the most important things he does is manage, or oversee, the overall running of the program.

These days, Scott also loves to train student teachers, and he knows they will often go on to manage PE programs at other schools. Scott knows he is responsible for teaching these student teachers not only how to care for student fitness, or physical well-being, but also for teaching them what it takes to manage and maintain a PE program that serves the needs of all students.

Supervision and Monitoring

One of the most important aspects of the management Scott teaches has to do with supervising and monitoring students over the course of a class.

Scott explains to his student teachers that monitoring children refers to a combination of ensuring their safety at all times, and helping them pursue and achieve goals related to their fitness.

Scott advises that monitoring for safety is something that happens behind the scenes to some extent. Before every class session, he tells his student teachers, they should check equipment to make sure it is in good order, and establish guidelines that will keep students safe during an activity.

However, he also thinks it is important to position his body centrally during play and exercise, so that he can remain vigilant and see what students are doing.

Monitoring students' fitness requires organizational tools such as binders, spreadsheets, and student fitness cards. These techniques allow Scott to keep track of each student's starting point with a particular exercise, what goals he is setting with them, and how they are proceeding toward the goals.

Monitoring students as they engage in sports and games is a big part of your job as a PE teacher.
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Equipment, Facilities, and Other Resources

Scott is also responsible for a great deal beyond his students' daily work with him. For instance, he has an equipment closet that contains everything from basketballs to hula hoops!

Scott suggests to his student teachers that they build in one or two afternoons a month that are dedicated solely to equipment maintenance, or taking care of equipment. In some cases, they might be able to have student leaders or parent volunteers help them maintain organization among their equipment.

Monitoring the equipment includes not only making sure it is safe for use, but ensuring that it is clean, well maintained, and easy to find when needed.

Along with managing his equipment, Scott has to make sure all of his facilities are in good order. For him, this includes the gym and the outdoor field that he uses. Maintaining a strong collaborative relationship with the school custodian and the district groundskeeper goes a long way for Scott when it comes to making sure these facilities are in good shape at all times.

Many of Scott's colleagues in middle and high schools are also responsible for swimming pools and weight rooms. When it comes to these kinds of facilities, Scott recommends having either a group of consistent volunteers, or an occasional employee come and help maintain their cleanliness and usability.

Transition Procedures and Routines

Finally, the transition procedures Scott uses with his students have a lot to do with the effective management of his program. These are the procedures Scott uses to settle his students into PE class or get them ready to go when it is over.

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