Introduction. The aim of this study was to assess the motivating and informing activities taken by physical education teachers in the classes devoted to shaping students' motor skills. Material and methods. The study was carried out in 55 secondary schools from Lublin region. It covered 30 female teachers and 52 male teachers representing all levels of career advancement. Material was collected on the basis of specially developed lesson observation sheet. On this basis, the information of 315 lessons was obtained. Results. The data were analyzed in relation to gender and professional promotion of the subjects. It was found that the respondents did better with informing than motivating activities, and in their implementation there were no major differences between female and male teachers. The tendency to change the level of the analyzed activities according to the professional promotion status occurred only among male teachers. Conclusions. Analysis showed that the teachers should place more emphasis on motivating activities, and especially on convincing students about the possibilities in the use of after-school activity of what they mastered in the classroom.