Exercise, Sport and Health Education 380

ESHE 380: Methods of Teaching Elementary Physical Education

Credit Hours: (3)
Prerequisites: ESHE 210, ESHE 294, ESHE 307, ESHE 371, and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Co-requisites:ESHE 384 and ESHE 386.

This course is designed to enable teacher candidates to plan, organize, and conduct physical education instruction for elementary students aged 5-12.  Course content includes research-based principles of effective teaching as they relate to physical education.  A special focus involves helping children build a foundation of basic motor skills which can be applied to game play and sport involvement outside of school.

Detailed Description of Course

Teacher candidates will be provided opportunities to observe teachers and practice teaching in a classroom setting under the guidance of the university supervisor and public school physical educators.  The expectation of students in this course will include lesson and unit planning that contains appropriate content development, peer-teaching and assessment, and instruction of students in local elementary schools.

1.Redesigning Physical Education

        o Skills Themes and Movement Concepts vs. Large Group Games
        o Appropriate Practice vs. Inappropriate Practice
        o National Standards
                - National Association for Sport and Physical Education K-12 Content Standards
        o State Standards
                - Virginia Department of Education K-12 Standards of Learning (SOLs)
        o Diamond Curriculum
2.  Principles of Effective Teaching
        • Instructional Design
        • Teaching-Learning Environment
        • Task Structures
        • Fluency
        • Program Extensions
        • Effectiveness and Expertise
        • Student and Teacher Behavioral Profiles
3. Elementary Instruction
        • Curricular Models
        • Behavior Management
        • Teaching Styles
        • Generic Levels of Skill Development
        • Content Development
        • Planning-Teaching-Reflection Cycle
        • Skill Theme Categories
        • Technology Use
        • Liability
        • Assessment
        • Physical Fitness Testing

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A variety of instructional methods may be used including, but not limited to:

• lecture
• small-group work
• class presentations
• case studies
• email
• physical education websites
• D2L
• peer teaching
• direct teaching in local public schools

Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Goals, objectives, and assignments in this class address National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)/National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards (2008) and address Virginia Department of Education Health and Physical Education (VDOE HPE) Licensure Standards.

As a result of successfully completing this course, each teacher candidate will be able to:

1. Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills across a variety of instructional formats. (NASPE/NCATE 4.1; VDOE HPE 4.a).
2. Design and implement developmentally appropriate Physical Education content and instructional strategies for children in grades K-5. (NASPE/NCATE 3.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
3. Analyze, describe, and demonstrate critical elements (skill cues) of fundamental motor skills and object control skills. (NASPE/NCATE 1.5, 4.2; VDOE HPE 4.a).
4. Develop measureable, developmentally appropriate, and performance-based lesson objectives and student learning goals aligned with state and national content standards. (NASPE/NCATE 3.2; VDOE HPE 4.a).
5. Design and implement progressive and sequential learning tasks (with extensions and modifications) that meet the diverse needs of all learners. (NASPE/NCATE 3.5, 3.6; VDOE HPE 4.a).
6. Design and implement authentic assessment tools to measure student learning (employing both formative and summative evaluation strategies) of students in grades K-5. (NASPE/NCATE 5.1, 5.2, 5.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
7. Identify, analyze and provide corrective feedback based upon critical elements of motor skills and performance concepts. (NASPE/NCATE 1.5, 4.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
8. Demonstrate knowledge of current technology and plan learning experiences that encourage students to use technology to meet lesson objectives. (NASPE/NCATE 3.7; VDOE HPE 4.a).
9. Engage in teaching reflections to enhance teacher performance, student learning and/or instruction goals and decisions. (NASPE/NCATE 5.3; VDOE HPE 4.a).
10. Use managerial rules, routines and transitions to create and maintain a safe and effective learning environment. (NASPE/NCATE 4.5; VDOE HPE 4.a).

Assessment Measures

The students may be assessed by one or more of the following methods:

• Class participation
• Micro-teaching evaluation
• Written responses to lectures and readings
• Individual and group project assignments
• Quizzes
• Exams

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