Survive and Thrive as a Physical Educator : Strategies for the First Year and Beyond


Survive and Thrive as a Physical Educator : Strategies for the First Year and Beyond



by Alisa R. James, college at Brockport faculty member.

Stay energized and organized throughout your school year! Survive and Thrive as a Physical Educator: Strategies for the First Year and Beyond will help you face the unique challenges of teaching and support your development as a physical educator. Practical and reader friendly, it is filled with the most current information plus examples based on the author's experiences as both a K-12 teacher and a college instructor who prepares future teachers. You'll also find a wealth of information on handling day-to-day issues, such as adapting to the work environment, understanding the school culture, communicating with parents, and behavior management.

In addition, sample letters and forms included in the book, such as a typical letter to parents, unit plan, and PE contract, offer models to use in creating your own. Two appendixes provide quick access to suggested teacher resources and FAQs, such as how to prepare for a substitute teacher and concerns about the tenure process.

Survive and Thrive as a Physical Educator offers strategies to help you: get your gymnasium, your equipment, and yourself organized to begin the school year; prepare your lessons and unit plans and deliver effective instruction for all students; evaluate students’ progress; establish rules and routines to promote good behavior and appropriate consequences for misbehavior; employ a range of motivational techniques to encourage participation in your class; develop positive relationships and effective communication with parents and guardians; understand and navigate your workplace culture; and avoid burnout and find opportunities for professional growth.

This practical guide will help you sharpen your teaching skills, enjoy your work with students, and meet the challenges of teaching, whether it is your first year on the job or one of many in your physical education career.



Publication Date


Publication Information

Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c2013.

x, 213 p. : illustrations ; 23 cm.


Sports Studies | Teacher Education and Professional Development


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education


Located in Drake Library at: GV362 .J35 2013

CONTENTS: Skills to help you survive. Your first job as a physical educator: now what? -- Ready, set, go! Starting the school year right -- Preparing unit and lesson plans -- Student assessment and evaluation -- Classroom and behavior management -- Skills to help you thrive. Motivating students -- Diversity in physical education -- Navigating the school as a workplace -- Developing relationships with parents -- Professional development.

Survive and Thrive as a Physical Educator : Strategies for the First Year and Beyond