Physical education makes significant contributions to overall education
Physical education also offers a unique setting in which to foster positive interactions among students. Through quality, structured activities and games, physical education can help students develop appropriate game play behaviors, such as treating equipment and players with respect, playing fairly with regard to rules and etiquette, and demonstrating good sporting behaviors.
Effective strategies to group students in physical education classes
Although counting off by numbers does work, it is often not as effective as other methods. This strategy usually takes up too much time, some students may not honor their assigned number (change groups), a few students may jockey for a better position in line to make sure they end up with the same number as their friends, or students may forget their numbers, which is often the case with younger children. Following are other effective grouping options to consider.
Criterion-referenced fitness evaluations determine if students are in good health
Fitnessgram® uses criterion-referenced fitness evaluations based on minimum standards for good health. If students’ fitness scores fall within healthy fitness zones for the 1-mile run or PACER tests, they are considered in good health. If scores fall within healthy fitness zones for the curl-up (sit-up), push-up, and flexibility tests, students have met standards for being active. These zones help students connect their level of fitness to standards of good health.
Introduction to Teaching Physical Education: Principles and
Strategies is the ideal starting point for freshmen and sophomores
who want to become PE teachers. They learn history, concepts, and
teaching skills; examine scope and sequence; and delve into teaching
duties, motivation and behavior management strategies, assessment, and
lesson planning. The book is enhanced by an online study resource and an
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Introduction to Teaching Physical Education: Principles and Strategies is the perfect initiation for undergrads planning to become teachers. The text provides them with a solid background on the physical education field along with the ins and outs they need to know to become successful K-12 professionals. No other introductory text so successfully blends the theoretical, practical, and inspirational aspects of teaching physical education, combining authoritative information with a highly engaging style.
This practical, student-friendly text helps students build a strong base of instructional skills as they learn to apply the principles of teaching physical education. In addition to focusing on teaching skills, they will explore the history of physical education, including the two main systems that served as the profession’s foundation, and they will learn the purpose of physical education and the standards that are in place to achieve that purpose. They also will examine teaching scope and sequence, teaching and nonteaching duties and issues, motivational theories and strategies, and principles of behavior management and safeguards. Additionally, students delve into lesson planning, assessment options, technology and online resources, and careers in the field.
Introduction to Teaching Physical Education will open students’ eyes to the practicalities and realities of the profession. And it comes with several features that will make your job easier:
Sidebars that explicate main concepts to enhance student understanding
An online study resource offering case studies, worksheets that heighten understanding of content and focus on specific skill elements, and blank lesson plan templates
An instructor guide that supplies chapter overviews, discussion questions, lesson ideas, extended learning activities, test and quiz bank questions, and chapter-by-chapter PowerPoint outlines
This hands-on resource offers students a wealth of real-world exercises to enhance their learning experience and prepare them to enter the teaching profession. It enables students to gain the knowledge and skills they need as they pursue their entry into the teaching profession, and it provides them with the ideal springboard to advance in their coursework.
Part I: Behind the Scenes of Physical Education
Chapter 1. Physical Education’s History
Physical Education in the United States
Early American Period: Mid-1700s to 1900
Early 20th Century: 1900 to 1930
Mid 20th Century: 1930 to 1970
Late 20th Century: 1970 to 2000
Early 21st Century: 2000 to Present
Chapter 2. Purpose, Benefits, and Philosophy
Purpose of Physical Education
Benefits of Physical Education
Philosophy of Physical Education
Chapter 3. Duties and Issues
Issues and Concerns
Part II: Teaching Physical Education
Chapter 4. Organization and Instruction
Content Progressions and Practice Strategies
Chapter 5. Motivation
Strategies to Enhance Motivation
Chapter 9. Student Assessment
Student Assessment Options
Types of Rubrics
Health-Related Fitness Testing
Constructing Written Tests
Part IV: Beyond the Classroom
Chapter 10. Technology and Resources
Careers in Physical Education
Chapter 11. Careers in Physical Education
Alternative School Settings
Other Career Avenues
Appendix A. Example of Class Policies and Expectations
Appendix B. Exercises for a Dynamic Warm-Up
About the Author
Text for undergraduate students in introduction to physical education
courses. Reference for physical education teachers.
Jane M. Shimon, EdD, is an associate professor in the department
of kinesiology at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. She was named
the Outstanding College Educator of the Year in 2006 by Idaho AHPERD,
and the College/University Educator of the Year in 2007 for AAHPERD’s
She has first-hand experience in teaching physical education and health
at the secondary level, and has been teaching an Introduction to
Physical Education class for the last 10 years. She has supervised
student teachers in many states across the country and in rural, urban,
and suburban areas. These experiences have broadened her views of PE
Shimon has been a member of various state Alliance for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance organizations and has served on the Journal
of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance editorial board and on a
subcommittee for the National Association for Sport and Physical
Education. She is also a certified athletic trainer and a member of the
National Athletic Trainers Association. She enjoys cycling on the roads
and in the mountains, water-color painting, and reading mysteries and
Introduction to Teaching Physical Education Instructor Guide. Includes activities that provide students with learning experiences in which they can apply and interact with the content addressed in each chapter of the book. In addition, a sample course syllabus and course outline are provided.
Introduction to Teaching Physical Education Test Package. The test package consists of 187 ready-made test questions that feature multiple-choice and true-false questions covering the content from all chapters.
Introduction to Teaching Physical Education Presentation Package. Presents 205 slides of key concepts and art covering all 11 chapters in PowerPoint format.
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