Physical Education & Health for Educators
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Course level: Undergraduate
This course will help students identify the importance of a healthy lifestyle with the knowledge of human movement and motor skills. Students will explore the principles of exercise science and its impact on health, while developing self-confidence and self-worth. This course also defines and provides a context for the classroom teacher to teach and assess K-8 students in the area of physical education and health based on state and national standards. This course includes framework-based teaching strategies effective in helping K-8 students develop a variety of motor skills and abilities, recognize the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the goals of lifelong health, gain knowledge of human movement, understand growth and development, and learn the rules and strategies of games and sports. Instructional approaches for the integration of physical education and health with other content areas are explored.
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
Introduction to Physical Education and Health
- Identify the history, purpose, and scope of health, wellness, and physical education.
- Examine the effects of a healthy lifestyle on self-image and self-esteem.
- Determine the relationship between proper food choice and wellness.
- Describe the relationship between nutrition and exercise.
- Examine state and national health and physical education standards.
Developing Wellness and Physical Fitness through Exercise Science
- Describe how exercise science applies to wellness and physical fitness.
- Examine the basic scientific principles of biomechanics and physiology.
- Determine what guidelines should be applied to the evaluation of physical movement and skill demonstration.
- Explain why locomotion movements, nonlocomotion skills, and object manipulation skills should be considered when planning a program of physical development.
- Identify potential issues in developing motor skills and motor learning.
Instructional and Assessment Strategies in Health Education
- Describe the relationship between the stages of K-8 students’ growth and development to a healthy lifestyle, self-concept, and wellness.
- Analyze instructional strategies for teaching health.
- Examine how to adapt health education instruction and assessment for diverse learners.
- Evaluate materials and resources related to health.
Instructional and Assessment Strategies in Physical Education
- Describe the relationship between the stages of K-8 students’ growth and development to movement, skill development, and fitness.
- Analyze instructional techniques and methods for the physical education curriculum.
- Examine how to adapt physical education instruction and assessment for diverse learners.
- Evaluate materials and resources related to physical education.
Integrating Health, Physical Education, and Other Content
- Review an age-appropriate integrated lesson on an area of physical education and health.
- Create assessments that align to lesson objectives and include performance-oriented tasks.
- Examine ways in which health and physical education can be integrated into other content areas.
- Identify the fundamental skills necessary for use in game and sport.