“Research has shown that of all forms of human motivation, the most effective one is progress. The reason is that small, concrete wins create momentum and affirms our faith in future successes.”
Welcome to Episode 27 of the PE Umbrella and a reflection episode with some actionable take aways for you!
The focus of this episode is to explore how we can manage behaviour in PE lessons in a CONSTRUCTIVE way so that we can create, grow and maintain POSITIVE habits in our PE learning environment. The key here is to be proactive to desired behaviours instead of reactive to negative ones. There are two fundamental reasons for recording this podcast, which is in main, an emptying of my thoughts and opinions on this matter. Those reasons are as follows:
- From my time classroom teaching, and since speaking to other practitioners, many find managing the behaviour of their class trickier to manage when taken out of the comfort zone of ‘the classroom’. Larger hall spaces and the open outdoors seems somewhat less secure and the ‘safety net’ of classroom routines are not as easy to follow. I’m here to tell you that wherever you choose to teach PE still IS your classroom and should be treated as such. The children need to be made fully aware of this!
- Secondly, I find it is all too easy (on occasion) to get caught up in a negative spiral of behaviour management. If you focus too much on the negative and let it get to you, you can find yourself on a slippery slope whereby all you seem to notice are negative behaviours, to which you become reactive.
I share real life working examples that have seen an increase in positive behaviour by being proactive and ‘catching the good’ as opposed to being reactive and ‘punishing the bad’. Follow some of my suggestions and stay consistent to help your own PE classroom management and let me know how you find it!
Noticing and praising small wins and progress is the key to motivating your class. Master this and you will have a wonderfully positive PE learning environment that you and your children will simply LOVE. This all starts with rewarding and praising the ‘small stuff’ such as listening and body language, but it is the positive response to their achievements (ensuring they are aware of their own progress) during the ‘Physical’ part of the lesson that can truly make a difference. With success comes confidence. With confidence comes progress. With progress comes motivation. When all is combined, you are sure to succeed.
In this podcast I refer to past episodes so be sure to check out Podcast episode 24 on Learned Helplessness to truly understand the importance of differentiation and how it links to this episode. In addition to that, take a look at Podcast episode 11 where I share my Top Tips for teaching Primary PE and grab the FREE PDF!
Finally, head on over to The PE Specialist website to grab and utilise some amazing ideas from the blog post ‘5 Awesome Classroom Management Ideas’ including CONFLICT CORNER! A real game changer for sure!
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