Getting off to a Great Start in Physical Education

Are you a beginning physical education teacher getting ready for the new school year? SHAPE America wants to help you achieve your best possible start. Beginning teachers have the content knowledge and skills to provide a quality educational experience, but they have limited experience with situational decision-making that is necessary to make a smooth transition from student to teacher.

From 101 Tips for Beginning Teachers of Physical Education to National Standards for Physical Education, Opportunity to Learn and Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines for Physical Education, SHAPE America has the resources to help every physical education teacher get off to the best possible start.

Among the 101 recommendations in the brochure, you will learn about your school’s goals, policies and procedures; complete an equipment inventory and identify needs; create an introductory letter to send home to parents;  and create a plan for any emergency.  Expect the unexpected and by all means, and take care of yourself.

To receive a free pdf copy of 101 Tips for Beginning Teachers of Physical Education, email The brochure is sold in packages of 50 at $25 retail and $15 for SHAPE America members. To order call 800-321-0789 or go to  For bulk purchases of 200+ copies, call 1-800-321-0789. Stock number is 304-104666.