This is an excerpt from Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits by editors Jeff Steffen and Jim Stiehl. The subsequent chapters then focus on particular types of outdoor pursuits, each following a similar format in order to provide ease of presentation and a basis of comparison among chapters. Bear in mind that these chapters are not written for outdoor education teachers with extensive training and background experience in outdoor pursuits.
Several reasons account for the increased popularity of outdoor pursuits in physical education programs. Read more to learn about the benefits to incorporating outdoor pursuits in your physical education program. Many students with limited physical skills experience a swift success in outdoor pursuits that leads them to believe in their ability to succeed.
Learn about the benefits of cycling in physical education and how to create cycling lessons. Table 10.1 provides only one example of how cycling meets each standard; the cycling lessons on the accompanying CD-ROM include more on how cycling helps students to meet NASPE standards. Connecting a cycling unit to a local cycling event can provide students with physical activity opportunities outside of school.
You should recognize that a number of factors influence confidence and that building confidence takes time. Case StudyJim (pseudonym) is a 19-year-old professional rugby player who had played six games for his first team. In his first two games Jim kicked well, but his performance had started to decline, as had his confidence.