This month’s blog challenge by @iamwill is finding our purpose. What is my purpose? This has changed over the years. I started out with the purpose of increasing student’s physical skills through practice and games. This started out well enough until I realized this was a poor purpose. Students don’t need their physical skills improved through practice and games. Students need to understand how these skills will benefit them now as well as in the future. That still isn’t my purpose in teaching, though. My new purpose is to create a positive association with movement for my students. That is my main purpose in teaching. I have many other things that I want to teach my students, but nothing is more important than them believing that moving is fun and wanting to do it on their own.
My die hard physical education community members might give me pushback on this. They will tell me that physical literacy is the most important thing we should be teaching students. Others will tell me that if the students don’t understand why they should move we will lose them. They would all be correct as well because physical literacy and the why help create that positive association with movement. When students feel they can do a variety of physical activities well, they will be more apt to look upon movement in a positive light. In the same vein, when students understand that moving will make them smarter, healthier, and happier that will also create a positive association with movement.
My purpose is simple. Create a fun atmosphere where students will learn why movement is important, become skilled at a variety of physical activities, and believe that movement is one piece of the happiness pie. If I am able to do that as a physical education teacher I have succeeded. Not only have I succeeded I will be able to die knowing that I made a positive difference in thousands of people’s lives. That makes me happy.
Q1: What is your purpose in your current job? #slowchatpe
Q2: How did you first figure out what your purpose was? #slowchatpe
Q3: Has your purpose changed over the years? #slowchatpe
Q4: How do you ensure that you are achieving your purpose? #slowchatpe
Q5: Who do you follow on social media that helps you achieve your purpose? #slowchatpe