Big Picture Thinking in Physical Education - Kim Dillard

Big Picture Thinking in Physical Education

By Kim Dillard

  • Release Date: 2010-03-22
  • Genre: Education


As an elementary physical education teacher I work hard each and every class to get students thinking about how their actions relate to the future, or Big Picture. For example: when I see a student who is not paying attention to the line moving on ahead I say "Green Light, BEEP BEEP" to get their attention to move on. The future for these students is not moving when the light turns green and the car behind them must honk to get their attention to go. All of us face these students in each and every class and face these drivers each and every day. I believe we can help student relate to the future in our every day setting. When it comes to getting equipment to each student something we do on a daily basis, I take this opportunity to present the Big Picture and teach manners. Each student will learn how to say thank you. I ask one third of my students to get clip boards to hand out, another third to get pencils to hand out, and another third to get the papers, (test, hand outs, etc.) When they are handing out each item the students must say thank you. This daily routine is a prefect opportunity to work on manners, cooperation, and selflessness, qualities they will use for the rest of their life. We use different color gator skin balls for so many activities in elementary school, and on countless occasions a student will cry when they did not get the color ball they wanted. "Really, you are crying over the color ball you wanted". Our new routine is to take one class to get their favorite ball and then ask them to hand the ball to another student in the other class so they can say thank you and not be selfish. The other class does the same so everyone has a ball for the activity. I pay close attention to hear the thank you from each student. If I notice someone did not say thank you I start the process over with that students and make sure to hear the words. For some reason so many students have not been taught how to be polite. I tie a million shoes a day and make sure each student tells me thank for my efforts and remind them this should not be my job. I ask the students to tell the servers in the cafeteria thank you as you leave the line. I check the ladies once a week to see if more students have responded to my request.