By: Ron T Malm
I am tired! Strangely enough, I am not tired due to my most recent training run of 6,561 miles traveled in the last 7 days or the 5 trainings in 6 days that had me in Maury, TN, North Babylon, NY and Las Vegas, NV. No! I am tired of the deadweight we have in our profession.
Over the last 14 years I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of amazing Physical Education Teachers (#QPE Teachers) around the country and conversely, I have also had the opportunity to work with Physical Education Teachers, that from my perspective should no longer be employed as educators. My ultra critical perspective was created from the hundreds of experiences that I have witnessed during my years of leading staff developments. Like the time that I asked an individual if they were excited to be at the training, only to hear that they were “forced to come,” or the time the “Coach” opened the sports page and proceeded to read it while the training was in full swing, or the time that a participant received a handout, immediately stood up, walked to the front of class and threw it in the garbage. Or more recently, when I heard a teacher say with a straight face and loud enough for all other teachers to hear, “I don’t like kids.”
Instead of spending valuable time trying to figure out exactly where things went sideways for these Teachers, I would rather turn my attention to the #QPE Teachers, for it is these people that are changing our profession for the better. What is it that separates Quality Physical Educators from the rest? I believe it is their passion and drive to learn and be better tomorrow then they are today. #QPE Teachers hold themselves to the same high standards that they hold their students to every single day. They utilize professional development opportunities to “flip the switch!” They engage in conversations (electronic and live) to brainstorm and build #QPE programs. They believe that they can always provide a better experience for their students.
On second thought, I am not tired. How could I be? We are approaching critical mass within our profession. We have begun to make the deadweight Teachers in our profession uncomfortable. We need to keep pushing the Teachers that no longer have the passion, straight out of education and into an early retirement or a change of career. I believe Physical Education is entering a time where the stakes have never been higher and we need to provide and validate Quality Physical Education. I am confident that the #QPE Teachers that I have worked with over the last 14 years, the ones that I only know through their Twitter handles and the thousands of others that exist around the world are ready. What time is it? GAME TIME!
I sincerely appreciate your time and welcome any feedback.
Ron T. Malm