“A great teacher is always focused on the student, not the lesson“
“Let your kids fail, and be there to help them through that failure”
The PE Umbrella Community, hello again and welcome back to Episode 26 of the ONLY Primary and Elementary PE Podcast!
Today, I chat with The PE Specialist himself, Ben Landers. As a truly top PE practitioner, Ben is is a K-12 qualified teacher that has been working with students from K-5th grade since 2007! He holds TWO masters degrees (One in education and the other in educational leadership) as well as serving as a model teacher for the University of South Carolina. Better known in online circles as ‘The PE Specialist’, Ben runs a website of the same name (www.thepespecialist.com) on which he shares fantastic, actionable resources and ideas that you can implement in your PE classroom immediately! Ben is a real treasure trove of knowledge in the elementary PE space, and during this interview we explore his vast experience to share behaviour management strategies, his favourite warm ups, the activities he couldn’t live without as well as advice for anybody struggling with delivering Elementary and Primary PE!
It was a pleasure chatting with Ben as he is one of a small number of top PE practitioners that I have been following myself over an extended time period now. If it wasn’t for Ben, and his mentor before (J.D Hughes) then I would never have stumbled across Hula Hut Throwdown amongst many other innovative games that I have adapted for my own classroom practice. So for that Ben, myself and the PE Umbrella community THANK YOU enormously! Check out the bottom of this page for links to ALL of the resources and links that we discuss in this episode ready for you to explore! So what are you waiting for? Come and join me ‘Under the Umbrella’ by clicking play right here, or subscribe to the PE Umbrella on iTunes to listen at your own leisure whenever you choose.
What I Learned: “A great teacher is always focused on the student, not the lesson”
With the modern pressures of teaching, it is easy to lose sight of what actually matters, and that is THE CHILDREN! It is so easy to get caught up on delivering the perfect lesson and planning to the finest detail to prove to ‘the man’ that you can teach. Staying on this path is doing a disservice to our children, but with experience and a determination to put the children first, you can change this. We need to be adaptable and open to changing our ‘rigid’ plans to allow for the unexpected in our lessons. We have to flow with our class and respond to their needs, to help them become better students and learners (even if that does mean not doing something that was ‘planned’). So the next time you are caught up in your thoughts during a lesson, thinking about what progression you need to set up next, stand back, take a deep breath and think. Are my class ready? Am I catering for them?
The PE Specialist Website – www.thepespecialist.com
Conflict Corner and other Behaviour Management tools – CONFLICT CORNER HERE
Warm Up Station slip holders – CLICK HERE
PE Universe Website – Packed full of videos HERE
Twitter – Don’t forget to use the #physed and start exploring what other teachers are doing around the globe TODAY!
Top Book Recommendation: Anything by J.D Hughes, but here is one to get you started!
Twitter – @thepespecialist
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