When you’re teaching, do you ever feel like a broken record?
If you are reading this blog, then you probably understand that I edit a lot of video. Since I started uploading to PE Universe and then Youtube I’ve found it to be a really powerful reflective practice to go back and watch myself teach or explain games and tasks. I originally started making the videos to share what I was doing with others – but I soon found out, watching it all back made me a better teacher.
After watching hours and hours of my teaching I’ve realized that there are some things that I say over, and over, and over, and over.
So I decided to share them with you. Maybe you can relate – or maybe you can use one of these common phrases in your own teaching practice.
You might be a PE Teacher if…
- You’ve said any of the following phrases approximately 1 billion times
- Your students can finish your sentences before you can
Check out 6 of my most common phrases below:
“The 3 Reminders”
I only do this with my K-2 kids… but I am not joking when I say, I do this EVERY SINGLE DAY. Every class is begun with these three reminders to stay away from the most common offenses:
“Just worry about yourself”
It’s hard enough to do the right thing yourself, let alone make sure everyone else is doing the right thing – am I right? As soon as you start trying to tell someone else what to do… you end up doing something wrong yourself… I don’t think I’ve taught a single Kindergarten class without saying this.
In the words of Michael Jackson, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change…”
“You get what you get and you don’t pitch a fit”
Tired of kids fighting to get their favorite color or be on their best friends team… yea me too – that’s why I say this ALL THE TIME as you can tell from the kids finishing my sentence.
“It’s Just A Game!”
Definitely my most used phrase. Sometimes kids in PE can forget that we aren’t playing pro sports and it seems like they think their salary is tied to their performance – this is a good reminder.
I’ve found that it’s much more helpful to remind them about this BEFORE the game, rather than after. After all, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
“The more you talk, the less time you have”
Unfortunately, I still struggle to get my K-2 kids to understand this concept – but that’s not going to keep me from explaining it to them over, and over, and over, and over again… At the very least, you’ll have some of the kids in your class start to figure it out setting a good example for others.
“Keep on trying and don’t give up”
My least favorite phrase is “I can’t do it”. Don’t tell me you can’t do it, tell me you can’t do it YET! Tell me you’re going to keep on trying and giving 100% until you either accomplish your goal or it’s time to leave. Perseverance is one of the most valuable traits we can try to instill in our students.
Sometimes this also takes the form of “Do Your Best, Forget The Rest”
Any of those sound familiar?
Most of these phrases are used HEAVILY by me with my K-2nd students and less often with my older kids – not sure if they are starting to get it, or just growing up, but that’s usually how it works out.
Of course, I was hoping to get a few chuckles with this post, but don’t think those phrases aren’t intentional. They communicate some key concepts that I’ve found important to run a successful program and reinforce some key characteristics that I want my students to display. That’s why having common phrases that you use often is important and helpful for your students and developing your Physical Education Program.
Do you have a phrase or saying that you find yourself using ALL THE TIME?
Leave it in the comments below.