My Education: BA Science and Ed, Master's in Health Ed
My Prior Experience: I am a PE teacher at he middle school and I coach football basketball and baseball.
My Company: I work for a school district in a suburb of a small city.
Job/Career Overview: I teach lessons in team sports and other activities. My job is to get my students to know and understand the lessons covered and to get them as much exercise as possible.
I also coach modified football. I am in charge of teaching these athletes the basics of football. At the high school level, I coach junior varsity baseball and basketball.
Being a physical education teacher is very rewarding and very fun. You get a chance to help students in all three aspects of learning cognitive, affective and psychomotor. Cognitively, you are teaching kids rules to games and even more importantly how to help students become lifelong believers in physical activity.
Affectively, students work on team work and cooperation skills.
Finally, the psychomotor aspect all the movements and skills you are teaching them such as speed strength and agility.
I rate this career 10 out of 10.
The best parts of my job are working with the kids and seeing the progress they make as the year/season go on. I also work with the same kids in six seventh and eighth grade so I see their progress over a three year time period.
For example, I will teach a student in sixth grade and he will run the mile. I can see how that student has improved when he is in eighth grade.
If I were giving advice to someone pursuing a career in teaching physical education I would first advise make sure you go to class and make yourself visible. As hard as it might be, going to class and sitting as close to the front of the room as you can. Learn as much as you can about as many sports as you can so that you can be involved in coaching. After graduation, you should make yourself visible in as many schools as possible.