Raise your hand if you remember getting laps as punishment during PE class.  Yep, me too.  I hated running, but I hated anything that had to do with exercise…Except in Jr. High I was sort of in a *girl  crush* on my PE Teacher, who was the only female role model for sports…It was the 70’s, so she was rather masculine…when only masculine women could be athletic.


Fast forward:  I taught Jr. High PE for 4 years.  REALLY taught the last two.  Now I’m with the little kids:  1st-6th grade.  Every teacher I know gives laps for punishment…me too…I usually call it a *memory jog*…so you can jog your memory about how to behave (thanks Gina).  However, it’s really punishment.  Given my love of running NOW, I’m re-thinking this. 


If you do poorly in long division, yeah the teacher usually gave you more long division.  Did it help?  Probably not.  A good teacher would sit with you and try to explain it slowly, more efficiently, etc.  So, if I give you running as a punishment for not running, how does that help?


We do a jog-walk-jog warm up every day.  I really like it.  Last week, I started the jog-walk-sprint warm up.  I’m trying to teach my students the arm placements for each.  That by the time you are sprinting, your arms are really pumping.  When you jog, hold your hands as if you are holding a little bird or an egg (thank you Lidii), breathe…breathe…


In my job, my passion is looking at the un-fit, and trying to inspire them to work their body.  I tell my paraprofessionals that I want them to look for one student during the period to target with an overabundance of praise and attaboys…The best part of my job came last week, when I told a severely overweight 1st grader what a great job he was doing…He started telling everyone that I said he did a great job.  And you know what?  He started running.  Hard. 


Running as punishment?  Not any more.

3 thoughts on “Phys Ed Class…running as punishment…

  1. That’s a great strategy for praise…

    Just remember if you put your English hat back on not to use essays as punishment. (:

  2. Is there any such thing as an “overabundance of praise”? (I know what you mean, really.) Thanks, Ms. V, for reminding me that these last few weeks in Dirty Little Desert Town are an opportunity for me to praise the dickens out of my students!

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