September 2018



JOPERD: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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  September 2018 (Volume 89, Issue 7)

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Targeting Professional Development for Beginning Physical Education Teachers
Catherine E. Cardina Alisa R. James

Physical education teacher education (PETE) programs prepare physical education teacher candidates to teach using the National Standards for Initial Physical Education Teacher Education. The six standards relate to: (1) content and foundational knowledge, (2) skillfulness and health-related fitness, (3) planning and implementation, (4) instructional delivery and management, (5) assessment of student learning, and (6) professional responsibility. These standards provide teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills to be an effective beginning teacher.

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Developing a Future Teachers’ Club to Facilitate Physical Education Teacher Recruitment
K. Andrew R. Richards & Greg Bert

Guided by occupational socialization theory, this article reviews how high school teachers can get involved in recruitment by organizing a Future Physical Education Teachers of America club. The article describes the development of a club, as well as three interrelated goals focused on education, visitation and teaching practice. It concludes by discussing how working together to actively recruit future professionals into the physical education can lead to a more favorable future for the discipline.

Teaching Diversity Through Cherokee Stickball
Kathy Hixon & Vanessa Anton

This article introduces this multicultural activity that is rich in tradition for Native American cultures, and presents methods for teaching the skills utilized in Cherokee stickball.

Do This, Not That: Important Pedagogies for Secondary School Physical Education Teachers
Kelsey Higginson & Phillip Ward

This article discusses five strategies that have been frequently taught to teachers, but less frequently implemented by teachers, and that impact student learning, namely: teaching skills in games contexts, using small-sided games, starting lessons immediately, teaching beyond the standards, and teaching skills and games in an incremental manner.

Using a Fishing Sport Education Season to Promote Outside Engagement
Zachary Wahl-Alexander, Peter Hastie, & Nate Johnson

This article provides a detailed account of a fishing sport education season focusing on the six key features of the model. Five specialty roles were created for this season, specifically for the fishing content. With this fishing content, teams participated in a variety of skill challenges, and fishing derbies that were staggered throughout the 19-day season.

Highlighting edTPA Academic Language in Physical Education
Ellen Martin, Ann Klinkenborg, & Pamela Wetherington

The purpose of this article is to highlight the components of edTPA’s academic language requirement, and specifically how that language is used in physical education. Examples of academic language forms in physical education are provided, as well as a discussion of the four components that compose the academic language demands of edTPA, namely function, vocabulary, syntax and discourse.

Targeting Professional Development for Beginning Physical Education Teachers
Catherine Cardina & Alisa James

This article discusses the professional development needs of beginning physical education teachers based on data extracted from the 2011-2012 Schools and Staffing Survey. The authors identified ways to enhance professional development in a manner that addresses the specific needs of both newly hired and veteran physical education teachers.


Recent Rulings from the Courts Affecting HPERD Professionals: Weight Training in Middle School Athletics
Mike Stocz, Min Hyun Kim, & Samuel Bilderbeck

The family of a sixth grader filed a lawsuit against his middle school football coach and school after he suffered from compression fractures in his spine during weight training on school grounds, where a coach generally supervised the student as he attempted to squat more than two times his body weight.

Teaching the Proper Push-Up Position
Jennifer Hewit, Daniel Jaffe, & Alexander Bedard

The ability to maintain proper body positioning throughout the performance of a push-up is important in order to build strength and to limit the potential for injury. This article describes what to look for when observing students’ push-up technique.

Getting a Fresh Start
Amy Prior

It’s a new school year and time for a fresh start. What a great opportunity to introduce the skill of goal setting! Standard 6 of the National Health Academic Standards states: “Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health”. Goal setting is a great first unit because it is a concept many students can grasp quickly. This means a teacher does not have to spend too much time explaining what goal setting so students can start working on the application of the skill sooner.

Changing the Name of Unified Physical Education
Lauren J. Lieberman & Cathy Houston-Wilson

Unified Physical Education is a program promoted through Special Olympics much like its Unified Sports program. The purpose of this Viewpoint is to describe the program as it currently stands and to offer recommendations on a name change that would more appropriately describe its purpose.

Enlisting Elementary Classroom Teachers in the Quest for 50 Million Strong
Benjamin A. Sibley

This article explores wo main avenues through which elementary educators can be prepared to contribute to the health and wellness goals of the school: appropriate teacher preparation at the university level, and professional development opportunities offered by schools and professional organizations.