Early Childhood Teaching Tips: Increasing Physical Education Participation

by SPARK


Every teacher has encountered children who are not disruptive, but demonstrate that are clearly not ready to participate in structured physical activity.
It is essential to develop a positive learning environment that is physically and emotionally safe. The goal is that children feel secure, are able to take risks, try new things, help one another, and see themselves as part of the class. Try the following strategies:
• Allow the child too simply observe the activity.
• Be patient. Don’t force the child.
• Give the child a manipulative and see if any exploration begins.
• Be certain children have progressed through developmentally appropriate activities.
• Digress to simpler tasks.
• Partner the child with an out-going classmate.
• Send activities home to engage children in more practice time in a different setting.
For a sample SPARK physical activity lesson including a Family Fun activity to send home, Click Here.

Every teacher has encountered children who are not disruptive, but demonstrate that are clearly not ready to participate in structured physical activity.

It is essential to develop a positive learning environment that is physically and emotionally safe. The goal is that children feel secure, are able to take risks, try new things, help one another, and see themselves as part of the class. Try the following strategies:

• Allow the child too simply observe the activity.Increasing Participation- Spark PE

• Be patient. Don’t force the child.

• Give the child a manipulative and see if any exploration begins.

• Be certain children have progressed through developmentally appropriate activities.

• Digress to simpler tasks.

• Partner the child with an out-going classmate.

• Send activities home to engage children in more practice time in a different setting.

For a sample SPARK physical activity lesson including a Family Fun activity to send home, Click Here.