I. Philosophy of Education

II. Philosophy of Physical Education 

III. Philosophy of Athletics 

Philosophy of Education
            The purpose of schools is to create an environment to help prepare students to live successfully while developing the love for learning. Students must learn to have responsibility, maintain their individuality and become efficient problem solvers. To help ensure student’s success, a positive and encouraging environment from the school is critical. Attitudes of the administration, teachers, other staff and parents contribute to a successful environment. Education should be built around each individual students needs and interests for their goals for the future.
            The purpose of education and schools is not only to help students become educated in the basic subjects, but to teach them lessons that can help them in the real world. There should be an array of opportunities in a school for students to participate in what interests them and they feel they can apply in the future. Schools should be the place where students receive the opportunity to learn from and experience both success and failure. Students can learn more from personal experiences than they do from a lecture or reading from a textbook. The purpose of schools is to be students-based, where faculty and staff are 100% focused on guiding students to a successful future.
            Students are a result of their environment. In a school setting the biggest influences on the environment are the faculty and staff. The principal, teachers, aides, and other staff work together as a team. It is important for all members to come together to be reminded of the goals, give and receive advice, and communicate any problems. Having unity among staff helps keep policies and goals stay consistent throughout the school. Consistency is an important element in creating a successful environment. It is important for all faculty and staff to work together to be positive, encouraging, and patient with the students. Having a positive attitude can go a long way as a leader and in working in a team to achieve goals. The goals of all faculty members are to set the students up for success.
            Whether teachers are in or out of the school, they are viewed as a representative for the school. Therefore, their actions reflect back on the school. Teachers should be active and responsible community members. Teachers are seen as role models so they must make sure to possess admirable qualities that positively influence the community. 
            Having a positive and open environment is not just important for the students, but also helps the parents. If the parent teacher relationship is open there should not be any miscommunication of what their child is working. It is very important for the parents to trust that the school and teachers are working for their children and will help guide them to success. I believe open and honest communication between teachers and parents can instill this trust.
            Learning is doing. Therefore, children learn best in an active participating environment. Children are ultimately the only person who can determine their future. Students must learn to be focused and work hard to achieve their goals. To make sure that the students are getting the education and help they want and need the have the ultimate responsibility of communicating. While doing the work is the number one responsibly of the student, they also must make sure to communicate with their advisers and teachers. If they do not communicate to the staff, they may not be successful in reaching their goals.
            Schools should be the place where students gather the tools to help them be successful in their future. Students should be guided through the process of learning rather than being “told”. Students learn best from experience and making mistakes. The best environment for students is positive and consistent with freedoms for “exploring”. The faculty and staff must learn to work as a team to create this environment. Although ultimately the child is the final decider on the amount of success, teachers and parents should be there to push and guide them. 

Philosophy of Physical Education
            The purpose of physical education is to help students explore and enjoy the opportunities living a healthy life style brings. The best way to teach is through a student-centered curriculum. Therefore it is important to be flexible and adaptive so that all skill levels and learning styles are addressed. Promoting a positive active environment where all participants feel welcome, encouraged and safe is critical in the learning process. Assessing students is also an important element to measure and track student’s knowledge and development. All of these elements are significant in pursuing the main goal of physical education: students acquiring the motivation to be active and healthy.
            Physical education should prepare students to live an active healthy life. The goal of the teacher is to teach basic skill development for sports and lifetime activities. While helping students develop the basic skills, they should develop a positive attitude toward being active. If students are provided with the tools to live actively, the teacher has done their job. Students should end up developing a love and passion for an activity that they can continue to engage in later in life.  
            When teaching students how to live an active lifestyle, the teaching approach should be based on a student-centered curriculum. Teachers should focus their teaching strategies based on their students’ interests. The interest of students is especially important in physical education to keep them engaged and active in class. Keeping students active is the main goal of physical education; so using a student-centered approach is beneficial. The more fun students get from class the more likely they will apply their skills outside of school because they enjoy it.
            Evaluating students understanding and development is also important in helping students to become proficient movers. Assessments help the teacher evaluate student’s affective, cognitive, fitness, and psychomotor abilities. While assessing student abilities of a skill, a criterion-referenced scale should be used. This type of assessment focuses closely on the individual and their abilities rather than comparing students. This allows an opportunity for the teacher to be more individualized with modifications in the lesson. Modifications are important to ensure success for the student, which results in more enjoyment and confidence.
            The best environment for the students is a diverse group. Each student has something different that they can bring to the class. The more diversity results in more opportunities that students can use to help enhance the learning environment. Different students may have varied experiences or ideas that can be shared with the class to contribute to other student’s learning. When it comes to different learning styles, it is the teacher’s responsibility to incorporate a variety of them into each lesson. Techniques of using visual aids, videos, modeling the skill, and talking the students through the skill are all helpful in improving the clarity of the directions. This allows the opportunity for students have an equal chance to understand. Including a diverse group of students and using different teaching techniques will help set all students up for success. Success helps build confidence and enjoyment for students. No matter a student’s race, culture, age, or ability level, they all deserve a chance at reaching success. 
            Through a student-centered curriculum and assessments, physical education should prepare students to leave high school being proficient and active movers. Students should have a positive view toward being healthy and active when they leave. They should want to apply their skills outside of class. Creating an equal and successful environment will help all students reach this goal.

Philosophy of Athletics
            The opportunity to be a part of an athletic team can be a beneficial opportunity for students of all ages to experience. Students can learn important life lessons that can help them improve in and out of the classroom. The purpose of athletics is to teach athletes about perseverance through successes and failures, dedication, and teamwork. In result of these lessons athletes develop moral characteristics. A coach must make sure to change the main focuses for the team depending on their age or level. Although the goal of developing character should remain consistent at all levels. The ultimate result of benefits athletes can develop from sports starts with the coaches.
            Coaching appeals to me for these reasons, I want to be a positive influence on students outside the Physical Education setting and help them further their development of character. On top of building character, I have always wanted to coach because I love the thought of being able to help younger people pursue and improve at something they love to do. I want to be able to inspire athletes that they can achieve more than they think if they work hard and don’t limit themselves.
            Coaches should help athletes understand that they can take lessons learned on the “field” and apply them in the classroom. The characteristics they build from the athletic situations help them become successful in the classroom as well as the real world. Two ideals of athletics that are vital are dedication and commitment. Both of these values are similar in that they teach athletes that they must work hard to reach their goals. Also while trying to reach their goals they will learn they may fail, but they can learn from their mistakes and achieve success. Fairness is also another area that athletes develop through the help of athletics. Learning to be fair is a characteristic that athletes must learn quickly in athletics. There are consequences for inappropriate actions or breaking rules, so if the athletes want to continue to play they must be fair. Athletics can help students develop moral characteristics. These characteristics will benefit and improve the overall environment of the school and classroom. Students will learn to have perseverance, honesty, and to work as a team. Overall I believe that athletics can help improve the educational setting by teaching students lessons they may not receive in the classroom.
            Coaches must be personable, confident, and persevering when working with athletes. Coaches act as a mirror for their students/athletes. Traits that coaches possess will help the athletes develop the same traits as well. Therefore when communicating with opponents and officials it is important as a coach to be respectful and fair no matter the situation. Coaches should only expect their athletes to respond the same way, therefore they must be demonstrate that quality as well. When working with parents, the community and staff it is important to have an open and positive relationship because they can be the bases of support for your team. Coaches should also expect their athletes to have the same relationship with the community members, parents, and staff because of their support. Without the support of those people some athletics wouldn’t be as a successful as they are, so being respectful and positive is the least coaches and athletes could do in return.
            The qualities I value have developed from being apart of different teams throughout the years and learning from my experiences. I feel I have developed many moral characteristics through my athletic experience of setting goals and persevering through the tough times. My philosophy of athletics will always being growing and changing through the different experiences I have. Experience of being a part of a team, or coaching a team will all have an impact of my views of how to coach. Although I believe my values shall always stay consistent because how these lessons significantly impact athletes on and off the “field”.