Managing Editor:

Ulrike Kerstges
Ulrike Kerstges
Painted Sky Elem.
Albuquerque, NM

Copyright/Disclaimer Info

PE Central exists to assist teachers and other adults in helping children become physically active and healthy for a lifetime.

Creating a Positive Climate for Learning

Creating an atmosphere to foster learning is one of the most important tasks of teaching. This requires teachers to employ many different strategies to motivate students, to increase students opportunities to learn, to help students learn and maintain appropriate behavior, to promote student self-responsibility, and to foster accountability. This section is broad in its scope and will address many issues ranging from enhancing self-esteem to managing student behavior to organizing the learning environment. We must keep in mind the importance of context -- that is, what will work in one situation may not work exactly the same way in another.

Featured Content

Article: Management in the Classroom and Gym

Article: Lining up strategies for transitions (PDF)
Student / Class Behavior Self Check | (Purchase Poster Set)
PE Rules | (Purchase PE Rules Poster)
Hot Hands
Picture Protocols
Video: Rock, Paper, Scissors: Settling Disputes
Drum Beat Commands
Protocols Art Contest
Lights, Camera, Action
Learning Names
Lining Up
Forming Groups

Ask the Experts for Class Management Dave and Ulrike
Submit Your CM Question


Class Management Lesson Ideas
(Protocols, incentive plans, Submit a CM lesson idea)

Ask Our Experts
(Email our experts, FAQ's)

Frequently Asked Questions
(Questions and answers)

Tips for the Beginning Teacher
(Back to the wall, learning names)

PE Rules for the Activity Area
(Long list of PE rules)

Strategies for Reducing Off Task Behavior
(Proximity control, With-it-ness, behavior contracts)

Reward System Ideas
(Incentive based lesson ideas)

Classroom Management Articles
(Protocols, Management Systems, Feedback)

Class Management Products
(Shop PEC Store for these products)

Class Management Resources
(Web sites, position statements, etc.)

Becoming a Better PE Teacher
(Tools to help analye your teaching)

Featured Articles:

* Tips for the Beginning PE Teacher
* Establishing & Maintaining Appropriate Behavior in PE Classes
* Motivating Middle School Students in PE
* Gaining Respect from Students (PDF)
* More Articles