Teaching Philosophy Statement
Upon arriving at Concord University, I have come to the decision to major in Physical Education and Health. I have chosen to major in Physical Education and Health because I am a very health conscious individual and enjoy many types of physical activity.
As and individual who enjoys participating in physical activity, in the future I look forward to being able to teach children that his or her health Is just as important now as his or her health will be later in life. I have been very active my whole life and look forward to teaching the younger children that physical activity is important in every day life and does not have to be dreadful, but instead should be looked as fun. People in today’s society tend to believe that physical activity has to be strenuous to achieve the desired health benefits. Research has shown that physical activity thirty minutes a day, most days of the week is enough to achieve the health benefits to live a healthy lifestyle. Brisk physical activity three to four days a week can reduce the chances of dying prematurely, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and help control body weight. These are just a few factors that physical activity can change or even prevent completely.
Concords physical education program emphasizes the “new PE” philosophy that is changing the way physical education is taught in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Unites States. For example, this philosophy emphasizes knowledge and skills for a lifetime of physical activity, promotes outside physical activity, and strives to meet the needs of all students, especially those who are not athletically gifted. The “new PE” philosophy also strives to teach self management skills such as goal setting and self monitoring. The “new PE” philosophy features cooperative as well as competitive games, strives to develop students self confidence and eliminates activities that leave students out of the activities. For example, activities and games that have captains who pick teams and those who are not athletically gifted would be chosen last.
The one aspect that people do not realize is that athletics and physical activity in an education class are two different types of activities with very different purposes. Athletics is an extra curricular activity that a child chooses to participate in outside of school hours. The main purpose of athletics being competition between athletes and athletics also does not count toward any school curriculum. Physical education on the other hand is a part of most schools curriculum and does not focus on competition between students. Physical education inside the classroom strives to teach children the skills and knowledge to live an active healthy lifestyle once leaving the classroom. This may or may not include participating in athletics, joining a health club or even walking the dog for thirty minutes three to four days a week.