As innovative as teachers are, delivery always has the potential to run dry if not reviewed regularly. This is particularly true when it comes to teaching remotely, which we all have been doing in some sense for almost a year now. In this blog, we will look at some top tips for effective remote PE teaching to help keep you, and your pupils, engaged!
- Keep it simple! Learning takes place best when children can easily understand the objective of their lesson. There is a temptation to overcomplicate things to compensate for the fact that the lessons are taking place online, but this can actually hinder attainment.
- In a similar vein to the point above, make sure your lessons follow the same structure as you usually would in a traditional lesson. Children love routine, so sticking to the expectations they are used to will help them feel comfortable and prepared for the session ahead.
- Consider the demographic of your school. For example, if you work in a particularly affluent area, then your lessons can involve much more extravagant equipment than lessons being delivered to children in areas of deprivation. Use your imagination when it comes to suggesting alternative resources (top tip: it doesn’t always have to be rolled up socks!).
- Lots of schools are now allowing teachers to pre-record their lessons. This idea has a few benefits, the first of which is that you don’t have to get through 6 fitness sessions in one day without collapsing! Also, it means you can watch the sessions alongside your students, ready to answer any questions, correct incorrect techniques or clear up any misconceptions. You can’t do that if you are sweating out burpees!
- Make sure your sessions are super active. Due to Covid restrictions, online PE may be the only exercise your pupils are getting each week.
- Finally, don’t worry if it isn’t a success! Teaching this way is really difficult, and not something we are used to. Things will go wrong just like they would in ‘normal’ times. So don’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t always go to plan, these are unprecedented times.
Teaching remotely is never going to be ideal, especially for a subject like PE. Hopefully, we have given you a few tips to keep you going during this lockdown. Let us know if any of these work for you on Twitter @ActiveEduCo!