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I am currently studying for a degree in Elementary Education but my ultimate goal is to become an elementary school P.E. teacher. I figured I would be a classroom teacher to get a job in the system, and then get a Masters in Physical Education so I can take the spot if a P.E. job becomes available. Does this sound like a good plan, and if so do you have any advice to make getting my Masters any easier?


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I think it sounds like a good idea but there are a couple things to consider. If you are certified in multiple areas, the school can place you in any area you are certified in. Even if you want to be an elementary school physical education teacher, they can place you in an elementary classroom since you are certified and qualified.

Also, some school districts will not pay you for advanced degrees if it is not in an area that you are currently teaching. This has been heavily disputed in my school district. Plus, with districts cutting or reducing physical education, physical education positions are very tough to find. In my state, school districts are still trying to find positions for teachers that are currently on the surplus list in every subject area. The only positions my school district is currently hiring are elementary education, math, science, and reading teachers.

I hope this helps!
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And I might add, you will hate it. I came into PE as a hopeful, excited, athletic person, thrilled to provide all my knowledge to children. I came into a broken program, a school with a grade F, by the state. A school with no rules, no PE equipment and no money to purchase it. I, still hopeful and naive, pay for it myself, only to find zero respect for my $$$ or my enthusiasm. I am continually berated for trying to get obese children in shape. Most days I can liken it to being in a reform school. The children complain incessantly because they canít do anything, donít want to do anything, because Iím following a teacher who did nothing but run a recess like program. Children lie, children complain, parents donít support you because their babies donít like PE (sad face), and administration just wants no one to complain. I have given up. Recess it is. Hate it.
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Sam, I dont know if you are still around but your post was sad. Kids, for the most part want to be outside of the classroom, out of their chairs and in the freedom PE gives them. There are two keys to PE and this is from a guy that taught it for almost 40 yrs. Structure/rituals and making it fun. I will admit it took years to perfect but it was the greatest job I could ever imagine. I was also fortunate to work in a small rural school. Structure for me was I had dots on my court for them to stand on that gave them room to exercise. I would do exercises and stretching with them every day. Then we would do a lap. With the younger ones I might do an activity before the lap. If I did have some problem kids they got some time out and then I Would really ramp up the fun to make them see what they were missing. The two best games I ever taught in elem. PE were steal the flag and soccer. They would beg to play steal the flag. Soccer requires teaching skills and being right in the middle of games to continue teaching. If you are interested send me a message and I will give you most of what I have and can remember. Do you see them each day?
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