And even now that I’m a P.E. teacher I still love being outside, I love the fresh air in my lungs and more than anything I love not being stuck inside a stuffy classroom.
Now I’m a teacher though I have found there are both positives and negatives to being outside. Being inside, let’s talk about the good, the bad and the ugly. First of all warmth, central heating and radiators are a blessing to teachers and young children, especially when it’s cold or wet outside! Not every child is preparing to be the next Bear Grills and freeze in the playground in just shorts and a t-shirt.
The warmth for kids I believe helps keep focus, I’ve spoken before about Breakfast Clubs in schools and by the time my classes have arrived it feels more like The Maracana Stadium in Brazil than a sports hall.
I’ve always thought of myself as a bit of Diego Simeone when I teach; very loud, very passionate and very enthusiastic and when the class is inside it’s a lot easier to send out instructions. B&A Sports are not a shouting company, so when you and the class are inside, getting children to stop an activity or to give them the next lot of instructions becomes a lot easier when you’re not battling the wind or distance away from the kids.
Of course there are down sides to being inside, for instance space andsports areas. In one of the schools where I work at they have a huge sports hall with acres of space but it has tables, chairs,
gymnastics mats and stage equipment all around, meaning you end up with half a room to work in.
Growing up for in England P.E. outdoors was always cold, it always seemed to be rugby and it always seemed to be raining, plus teachers would always moan at you for complaining its cold as they stood
there in 7 layers of thermals and Thinsulate gloves!
Yet I still do strongly stand for going outside, children are kept in classrooms all day and the chance for them to run around outside is invaluable. To you it may seem a bit of effort carrying equipment
to the field but to them it ends up like Wembley, Twickenham, Lords or Wimbledon. Another big positive of being outdoors is the space, the outdoor availability is twice the size of indoors.
For your invasion games such as football, it helps with long passing, dribbling or even mini soccer games because you don’t need to minimise the pitch due to being indoors. So remember, always think of the child’s comfort zones and what will suit them best on the day. It’s hard enough getting 30 kids to listen but if the weather isn’t on your side you’ll find it a big struggle!