Physical Education Teaching

PE Teacher Stefan Kolimechkov keeps children fit

The purpose of physical education (PE) is to ensure comprehensive and harmonious development of children by developing and consolidating their motor abilities as well as helping them to gain the skills and experience useful in sport and everyday activities *(Granacher et al., 2011; Piek et al., 2006; NASPE, 2005).

Stefan Kolimechkov - PE Teacher (video presentation 2011)

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I am a qualified Physical Education teacher and in 2011 I completed a four-year course for a Bachelor's Degree, graduating with two majors, Sports Science and Physical Education. During my professional pedagogical practice at the University, I conducted physical education classes at the 91st German Language School, 'Professor Konstantin Galabov', in the city of Sofia, Bulgaria for a period of one month.

At the end of 2012, I completed my Master's degree in Physical Education with a submitted thesis, entitled 'Assessment of the Daily Diet of Pre-school and Young school Children who are doing Artistic Gymnastics', which enjoyed huge success and was awarded the highest possible mark. After an excellent thesis defence in front of the PE Department at the 'National Sports Academy', and scoring a GPA of Excellent 5.94 for the entire course, at the end of 2012, I officially became a Master of Physical Education.

Since 2013 I have been working in London,UK, in the Sport and Leisure sector and in 2014 I obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from the National College for Teaching & Leadership, UK. I have been a Full Member of the Association for Physical Education (afPE) since January 2015.

I have been volunteering as a Physical Education Assistant Teacher at St. Edmund's Catholic Primary School in London since 8th January, 2015. I am currently writing my doctoral dissertation in the following PhD programme: 'Theory and Methods of Physical Education and Sports Training' at the National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes health and fitness. Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and stronger muscles. They also typically have lower body fatness. Their bones are stronger, and they may have reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression *(Physical activity guidelines, 2008).

 

* References
1. Granacher U, Muehlbauer T, Doerflinger B, Strohmeier R, Gollhofer A (2011). Promoting Strength and Balance in Adolescents During Physical Education: Effects of a Short-Term Resistance Training. J. Strength Cond. Res. 25(4):940-949
2. NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) (2005). Physical Education for Lifelong Fitness. (2 nd ed) USA: Human Kinetics Publication pp.39-105.
3. Piek JP, Baynam GB, Barett NC (2006). The relationship between fine and gross motor ability, self-perception and self-worth in children and adolescent. Hum. Mov. Sci. 25: 65-75.
4. US Department of Health and Human Services (2008). Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, p.15-20.

 

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