My students love the gym teacher. And what’s not to love. He’s young, he’s black, and he lets them scream, run, and play for 35 minutes three times per week.
Gym class is everything that you don’t have to do in regular class. There’s no reading, no writing, no arithmetic. There’s very little listening, you don’t have to be quiet, and you don’t have to sit still.
In fact, most of the things that you do in gym class would get you in trouble in regular class.
Also, teaching gym requires very little planning, prepping, and grading. And the students love you because there are very little demands.
I get blamed if my kids bomb their MAP tests.
There’s no pressure on gym teachers to improve their students PACER test scores.
Teachers are very much in the spotlight for massive academic underachievement.
I haven’t heard of on person putting the blame on gym teachers for childhood obesity.
I tell my kids to be quiet, respect your neighbor, and keep your hands to yourself.
The gym teacher encourages children to throw rubber balls at each other.
Am I jealous of the gym teacher? Yes.
Is it right for me to pick on their profession? Yes.
Will I consider going back to school to become a gym teacher? I’m looking at online courses right now. Seriously, how hard could it be?