What does a Physical Education Teacher do?
Physical education teachers help students develop their physical abilities and healthy habits to carry on for the rest of their lives. They organize games and challenges and promote physical activity among children and young adults from kindergarten through high school to help develop motor skills and physical development among younger children and proper exercise and eating habits among older children. Physical education teachers adjust their lesson plans to adapt to student abilities and some coach sports teams.
Physical education teachers must have strong speaking and listening skills and know movements and activities to communicate and demonstrate the exercise correctly. Physical education teachers must observe all students, maintain discipline within a class, and sometimes interact with parents, other teachers, and school administrators. Physical education teachers are required to be licensed must pass a subject area exam in physical education and a basic skills exam. They are required to need a minimum bachelor's degree in physical education and state licensing where applicable.
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