So, it’s been a while since I have blogged due to moving house and still not having any internet. But I feel like I need to!
Thankfully, it is now the summer holidays and I think every teacher in the country will agree when I say it is very much needed. Yes, teachers get a lot of holiday, but anyone who is close to a teacher will understand how tiring and stressful the job can be. Not just physically, but it can be mentally draining constantly being on your toes and thinking about how you can challenge students. The summer term is generally the one that is the least busy, however, this time I seem to have been hectic. It didn’t help having Ofsted in, but for some reason there just seemed to be a lot to do. As a PE teacher, I count myself lucky. I have a lot less marking to do compared to others, because of this I always make sure I pull my weight in other ways.
As you will know, I have recently given a survey on PE to all the girls in the school (years 7-10). I wanted to see their thoughts on PE, if they enjoyed it and if they liked competition. I still have a few results to input (year 7) but I am not surprised by the general gist of the results. One of the questions asked them if they cared about their appearance after PE and if this affected their participation. The % of girls that did care, increased as they got older. This isn’t surprising as they start to care more about boys and the way they look in front of them. What did surprise me, was the amount of these girls that wanted to improve their fitness and health, yet they weren’t willing to put in any work to look sweaty in front of the boys. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to change any time soon, but I do feel like something needs to be done with the mindset of children. I am considering running workshops at school for both genders to help improve their perception of themselves. This could help the less confident become more confident about their appearance and then maybe care less about what others think and how important it is for them to have belief in themselves. It’s not until you get older that you begin to care less about what others think. If we get this idea into them earlier, maybe it could help a lot of issues, not just in PE, but general school life too.
One thing that isn’t on our side is the lack of funding in schools, which is leading to budget cuts etc. In September, our department has been given less teachers for 3 year groups. This means instead of having 2 boys and 2 girls groups in a year half, there will only be 3 groups, a boys, a girl and a mixed. Considering the survey results, a staggering 65% would be put off by boys. With this in mind, it is going to be a tough year, especially with year 10 and 11. But, everyone likes a challenge, I am looking forward to potentially having a mixed group of the strongest girls and boys. I think there could be some healthy competition and actually it could have a positive effect on the girls performance. I guess only time will tell. I’ll keep you updated.