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Physical Education Content And Curricular Knowledge

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This course explores the secondary physical education classroom, teaching and assessment strategies, and national and state standards. Candidates examine topics including developing motor skills through activities, developing levels of physical fitness, understanding principles of human movement, developing and practicing social skills, and an understanding the value of fair play in games and sports. Candidates develop skills in selecting, designing, and adapting instruction for diverse student populations. The course also emphasizes classroom and sport/field management skills and safety as they relate to physical education instruction.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Movement and Instructional Strategies

    • Review approaches to unit and lesson planning for developing motor skills, physical fitness, and human movement.
    • Research innovative instructional strategies and materials.
    • Analyze effective motivational techniques to engage PE students.

    Classroom Management, Safety Procedures, and Effective Learning Environment

    • Explore strategies for effective classroom management as it pertains to PE.
    • Describe how effective classroom management improves student learning.
    • Discuss creating a learning environment that promotes safety, inclusion, tolerance, and appreciation of diversity.
    • Research data on injuries during physical activity.

    Social Skills, Fair Play, and Health Concepts

    • Discuss strategies that promote fair play during physical activities.
    • Explore strategies for teaching nutrition.
    • Explore strategies for teaching the physiological and sociological effects of alcohol, narcotics and drug abuse, and use of tobacco.
    • Research the standards for self-responsibility, social interaction, and group dynamics across several grade levels.

    Adapting for Diverse Populations

    • Describe strategies for matching equipment and activities with student skill levels.
    • Explore strategies for creating an inclusive environment for diverse students.
    • Differentiate a lesson for a diverse set of students.
    • Investigate why students feel marginalized in PE and solutions for promoting inclusion.

    Foundations of Physical Education (PE)

    • Interpret your state’s teacher licensure examinations for physical education (PE).
    • Explain a rationale that supports including PE in the secondary curriculum.
    • Explain the benefits of PE in schools.
    • Examine current themes and trends for teaching PE.

    Standards and Assessments

    • Examine state and national PE standards.
    • Describe the sequencing of activities for student success.
    • Evaluate the characteristics of both formative and summative assessment in PE.
    • Describe how a variety of assessments can create a process of continuous feedback for students.
    • Describe how data from assessments will guide instructional decisions.
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