Survive and Thrive as a Physical Educator


A survival guide for your first years of teaching and beyond!

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For those new to the classroom setting or who might be teaching PE for the very first time, this book provides you with the guidance you need to prepare lessons, manage your class, assess and evaluate, motivate students, and develop your own professional skills. Even beyond your first years, this text is a great springboard for physical education ideas and advice.

Great for New Teachers

Teaching PE is about much more than setting up fun class games or teaching students new physical skills. To truly provide your students with exceptional physical education you must communicate new skills in theory and practice, assess and evaluate progress, motivate and encourage your class, form a dialogue with parents and fellow teachers, and organize your learning environment to be in accordance with district, state, and national standards. Survive and Thrive as a Physical Educator delves into all of these key facets and more, to help new teachers bridge the gap between instructional theory and reality.

In addition to helping educators best serve their students and develop a well-defined educational curriculum, this guide is also prudent in helping educators develop themselves professionally. New and seasoned teachers alike can continue developing their own fundamental knowledge of what it means to teach PE. Use it to refresh your outlook on teaching, introduce new prospects to your curriculum, and explore your abilities to innovate within the classroom.


This book is split into 2 sections, each with 5 chapters (10 total) aimed at helping teachers prepare themselves for PE instruction.

  • Preface
  • Part I. Skills to Help You Survive
    • Chapter 1. Your First Job as a Physical Educator—Now What?
    • Chapter 2. Ready, Set, Go! Starting the School Year Right
    • Chapter 3. Preparing Unit and Lesson Plans
    • Chapter 4. Student Assessment and Evaluation
    • Chapter 5. Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Part II. Skills to Help You Thrive
    • Chapter 6. Motivating Students
    • Chapter 7. Diversity in Physical Education
    • Chapter 8. Navigating the School as a Workplace
    • Chapter 9. Developing Relationships With Parents
    • Chapter 10. Professional Development
  • Appendix A. Frequently Asked Questions
  • Appendix B. Resources
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Author

Book is 224 pages.