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When kids take part in the activities that come from Maximum Middle School Physical Education, they won’t be able to wait for their next physical education class! Written and piloted by the 2003 NASPE National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, the lessons and activities provided in this comprehensive book and CD-ROM package will keep middle school students interested and help you meet your daily challenges as a physical education teacher.
Maximum Middle School Physical Education offers a mix of student-centered activities and lesson plans that foster affective growth, physical skills, and knowledge development. It’s called maximum physical education because the book and CD-ROM provide much more than just lesson plans, assessment sheets, and activities—it’s a detailed guide to a joyful experience in physical education.
The authors base their content on current best practices and the National Standards for Physical Education. They help you capture and keep middle schoolers’ attention with activities that encompass fitness exercises, social skills, and physical skill development. With this package, you’ll be able to
use a wealth of fresh ideas that address the whole middle school student at this vital time of development;
broaden your program’s impact with the social, emotional, and personal responsibility threads woven through each lesson; and
use over 150 worksheets, assessments, and other reproducibles to help you minimize prep time and stay organized.
The CD-ROM also contains handouts, task cards, posters, and station instructions. The book includes thumbnails of the CD-ROM items so that you know when to include them in your teaching. The text also provides practical information and tested-and-true suggestions on promoting your program and making physical education a maximum learning experience for all involved.
Maximum Middle School Physical Education will help you empower students to take responsibility for their own activity and fitness. And it will help you create an environment where your students experience maximum success, joy, and love for movement.
Chapter 1: Maximum Learning for All
Establish Student Expectations
Assess Your Students
Maximize Learning Time
Explain and Enforce Department Procedures
Establish Class Management Protocols
Get Off to a Good Start
Chapter 2: Fitness Made Fun
Success and Fun for All
Putting It Together
Chapter 3: Social Skills Development
Elements of a Successful Social Skills Curriculum
Developing the Curriculum
Chapter 4: Student-Centered Learning
Laying the Foundation
Unit 1: Juggling
Unit 2: Circus Tricks
Unit 3: Tossing, Catching, Throwing, and Striking
Unit 4: Foot Skills
Chapter 5: Sequence Learning
Unit 1: Using Grids in Team Sport
Unit 2: Gladiator Games
Unit 3: Rhythm and Dance
Chapter 6: Promoting Your Program
Address the Three Circles of Influence
Build the Curriculum
Spread the Word
References and Resources
About the Authors
How to Use the CD-ROM
Resource for middle school and upper-elementary physical education teachers.
Mary Hirt, BA, has been named the Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year for California (2002), the Southwest (2003), and the nation (National Association for Sport & Physical Education, 2003). She is a Nike Go PE master trainer and a SPARK master trainer (SPARK creates, implements, and evaluates programs that promote lifelong wellness). In her 20 years as a teacher, Ms. Hirt has presented at numerous conferences, including the National Physical Education Conference. During her spare time she volunteers at a boxer rescue organization in Los Angeles, training dogs and preparing them for adoption. She also enjoys rock climbing.
Irene Ramos, MEd, has over 21 years of experience in education, including 16 years as an administrator with an emphasis in student support services. She has presented at several state and regional conferences on maximizing and promoting student achievement. A member of the Association of California School Administrators, Ms. Ramos received her MEd from UCLA in 1990. She enjoys hiking, jogging, and bike riding in her leisure time.