Somehow, it’s the middle of October…holy cow! This unprecedented start to the school year is like nothing we’ve ever experienced and certainly not something we’ll soon forget (even though we might want to!). It’s also provided educators opportunities to provide virtual learning solutions and PE teachers opportunities to provide virtual physical education. The initial shock of going virtual last spring was met with great efforts, collaboration, and many tireless hours by dedicated educators! It was nothing short of amazing to see how the PE community responded to what most initially thought was just going to be a “band-aid” for a few weeks…little did we know what the summer and fall were going to bring…
As the summer progressed and the start of school loomed closer and closer, the “band-aid” started looking more like a need for long term solutions. As districts waivered back and forth and held off on decisions to start back in person, remote, or hybrid, educators were forced to plan for all three! Slowly but surely (and at the last minute for some) and more districts started making decisions to continue virtual education, including virtual physical education.
And again, the PE community stepped up to provide outstanding tools, templates, resources, and support to provide the best opportunities we could for the young people we serve. We’ve learned new ways to plan lessons, how use Zoom (and other virtual meeting platforms), and how to become master video editors! We’ve also realized that regardless of delivery, some things about PE are the same!
With time, effort, trial & error, and countless dedicated hours, we found a way to make it work. We in a continued effort to share, collaborate, and support one another, asked a handful of those dedicated physical educators to reflect on their experiences in a virtual physical education environment, where they struggled, where they succeeded, and how they have grown from this experience!
The following are the reflections on virtual physical education from Dana Curby @evanslivefit, Bailee Sandsmark @coachsandsmark, Chris Tamez @tamez209, Derrick Biehl @MrBiehlsPE, and Chad Aubin @ChadAubin. Complete bios and contact information from each of these dynamite physical educators can be found at the bottom of this post!
So here we go! Five questions – reflecting on virtual physical education!