Leave Yourself Behind; Join the Team [Interactive]

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[0:02] The other day I saw a poster and it said leave yourself behind join the team. That might be something we want to think about telling our students as we start to pull them together on the team of their PE class.

[0:38] One of the things that bring great joy to people is working together in a team effort and becoming a part of something bigger than themselves, and I think physical education has a great opportunity to show kids that they can learn to work together and create an environment that is so much better for them and so much more enjoyable and something they’ll be proud of.

Teach Kids to Be Part of a Team

[1:05] I was watching a class the other day and they were all trying to work together to reach a common goal in some cooperative activities. They were having a great time trying to figure out the best way to accomplish the task and they were learning to work with each other and listen to each other and share ideas and it seemed like a wonderful thing. Often times I think one of the biggest things we have to teach kids is that it’s not all about them, but it’s all about all of us and that we all count and that none of us are more important than others. We’re all important.

Great Teachers Bring Their Classes Together

I would encourage you as you work with your classes to think of them much like a coach thinks of his team. We talk oftentimes about team chemistry and how important that is to have a good, productive team. I think the same thing could be said about great teachers, they pull their classes together and allow their kids to start feeling like they’re working together for the common good and there’s nothing better when you look at the things that have been accomplished in society it’s because of a lot of people working together towards a common goal.

I encourage you to go ahead and teach your kids, leave yourself behind for a few minutes and join the team and be part of something bigger than you. Thanks so much for being a teacher and making the world a better place.

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